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Eating Well on a Budget

Eating well on a budget doesn't have to be difficult. We have some tips and tricks to help.

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Monday, January 16, 2023

Plan Ahead

Plan your meals and snacks before you go to the grocery store and estimate how many meals each recipe will provide. Make your list and stick to it. Keep in mind how many meals you plan on eating out of the house.

People look at their list on phone in a grocery store

Look at the Unit Price

Comparing unit prices can easily show the better deal. In the corner of some price tags, there is a second price for a specific unit, called the unit price. As long as you'll use all the product, the lowest unit price is the most bang for your buck!

Reduce Food Waste

Throwing away food is like throwing away your money. Check the fridge and pantry and choose recipes that use what you already have, especially those items nearing their expiration date.

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Shop the Ads

Use the weekly ads or apps to see what's on sale and prepare meals/snacks around those ingredients. Keep an eye out for paper or online coupons too!

Remember, the Husker Pantry is also here to help! If you run out of food before your next paycheck or skip meals to make grocery trips last, the Husker Pantry is available to all current students- no questions asked! Items include groceries, toiletries, and some household items. Visit for more information.

Low-Cost Grocery Items

Some grocery items are less expensive than others. Remember that low-cost foods do not mean that they have a lower nutritional value. There are many great options for nutritious foods that won't break the bank.

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  • canned fruits in 100% juice
  • low sodium canned vegetables
  • on sale fresh produce
  • frozen fruits and vegetables
  • eggs
  • low sodium canned beans
  • canned tuna and chicken
  • lean lunch meats
  • peanut butter
  • yogurt/cottage cheese
  • oatmeal
  • rice
  • potatoes
  • pasta
  • whole wheat bread
  • popcorn
  • whole grain crackers
  • corn