Manage Food Spending with Online Calculator

grocery storeYes, grocery prices have gone up.  Do you wonder if you could eat nutritiously and spend less on food for your family?

If so, our online calculator provides the weekly and monthly amount your family needs to spend for nutritious meals on USDA’s Low-cost Plan. To use the calculator you will need the age, gender, and number of meals eaten away from home for each member of your household. You can also get information about the other three USDA food plans: Thrifty, Moderate-Cost, and Liberal.

How does this amount compare with what you spend?  Sometimes it is hard to monitor how much you spend on food each month because we purchase food at numerous places and times throughout the month. Our page about tracking your food expenses can help. This includes some helpful suggestions and questions to ask yourself about your spending habits.

If you decide to you want to spend less on food our website SpendSmart EatSmart is devoted to eating nutritiously on a budget.

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Christine Hradek

Christine Hradek is a State Nutrition Specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. She coordinates ISU’s programs which help families with low income make healthy choices with limited food budgets. Christine loves helping families learn to prepare healthy foods, have fun in the kitchen and save money. In her spare time, Christine enjoys cooking, entertaining and cheering on her favorite college football teams with her family and friends.

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2 thoughts on “Manage Food Spending with Online Calculator

  1. I am an elderly person that fixes my own meals for one. I need to change my way of cooking. Too many foods go out of date if I try to stockpile them.

  2. I to noticed can good dates expired or close to it. Now I only put can goods with date of a year or two past the present year in the pantry. Each January I check the pantry for expired dates. Place the current year dates up front to use first.
    Oh! My pantry is very small so not much trouble. Freezing stuffed peppers meatballs etc has helped not to waste a pound of chop eat. Best wishes

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