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Save Money on Groceries

MN WIC Program

Printable Version: Save Money on Groceries (PDF: 216KB/1 page)


  • Plan menus using weekly store ads and coupons. Before going to the store, make a list from your planned menus and stick to it.
  • Avoid temptations to buy extra. Eat before you shop and shop without children along.
  • Buy generic or store brands.
  • Buy from bulk bins in just the amounts you need - especially spices, nuts and grains.
  • Limit expensive convenience foods. Try making your own.
  • Buy fresh fruits and vegetables when they are in season. Frozen or canned are good choices too.
  • Shop at local farmer's markets or food co-ops.
  • Plant a garden or pot with tomatoes or herbs. Some communities have community gardens.
  • Check out the bean recipes. Beans are a tasty, healthy and convenient protein source.

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For More Help

  • Check with area churches and community centers for free meals and food.
  • Buy groceries through discount programs, such as "Fare for All".
  • See if you are eligible for Food Support (food stamps).
  • Visit your local Food Shelf.
  • Call United Way at 2-1-1 or 1-800-543-7709 for information about these services in your area.

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