The US Department of Agriculture has calculated the cost of feeding a family of four based on “national food intake data and grocery price information” concluding that it ranges from $146-$289 per week ($146/week for a thrifty spending plan, $191/week for a low-cost plan, $239 for a moderate-cost plan, and $289 for a liberal plan). While inflation was about 26%, the increase in food went up 32% and a healthy food plan rose 38% from ten years ago.
With the rising cost of food and healthy eating, finding ways to save money are important. Saving on your weekly food shop can be easy by shopping sales and using printable coupons, buying produce in season and purchasing store brands. Also, planning your meals in advance, such as planning five evening meals for the week and using the other two nights to clean out the fridge and have leftovers. This ensures that none of your food ends up in the trash! Cutting costs can be easy, it just takes a bit of planning to get started.
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