Where you find the best prices. Find prices at stores, online, in newspaper inserts and in your price book. A price book allows you to keep track of the foods you often purchase. Write the price of each item at the store you buy it from. Then you will know when a sale is a good deal or not.
Include the cost of gas when deciding where to shop.
Check prices at discount and dollar stores for items like cleaning supplies, personal-care products and pet food.
Check out farmers’ markets and food co-ops.
Look into stores that offer loyalty cards.
If you use coupons, look for stores that offer double- or triple-coupon days.
Buy only as much as you have budgeted for the shopping trip.
Buy only the amount of food you will eat while it is fresh.
Bigger packages often cost less per unit of contents. Compare unit prices to be sure. Divide large packages into smaller serving sizes and store them for later use. Buying big packages may encourage you to eat larger portions.
Buying from bulk bins lets you choose how much to buy and usually costs less per unit.
Impulse items—things that catch your attention but are not on your list.
Convenience foods—foods that are fully or partially prepared when you buy them, such as boxed casserole mixes, precooked roasted chicken or premade sandwiches or salads. They are almost always more expensive than foods you make from scratch. They are also often higher in fat, sodium and sugar and lower in fiber and other nutrients.
Bulging, swollen, rusty or severely dented cans.
Foods with little nutritional value such as chips, candy, cookies and soda.
Need SNAP benefits?
The quickest and easiest way to apply for SNAP is online.
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Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
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