It’s a common misperception that eating healthy is expensive. Not so! You can help educate shoppers with these “secrets” and strategies for eating well on a budget – whether it’s getting the most from a shopping trip or developing good habits in the kitchen to make preparing meals easy and enjoyable. We include ways to stretch a food budget and to cut food waste, show how to read a label and to calculate unit pricing, provide an “Are You a Savvy Shopper” quiz that you can use on your next store tour, and so much more!
 

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A little pre-planning can make trips to the grocery store more efficient and cost effective. These strategies will help shoppers get organized and learn ways to manage their time and stretch their budgets.

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Nutrition Facts Label

There are 6 main items to look for when reading a standard nutrition facts panel, and this resource spells out what they are and how to interpret them. Every shopper can benefit from this basic, yet important information.

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Certified Humane Label

What do all those eco labels really mean? This guide identifies and defines the most common eco graphics such as “organic” or “fair trade” and will help your customers make informed decisions the next time they’re shopping for sustainable food choices — from seafood to coffee.

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With the abundance of products in stores, finding the best choice for the best price can sometimes be confusing — unless you know how to calculate the unit price of any product. We provide examples that show how simple math can help determine which product is the better value.

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Shoppers often wonder, “What’s the best option for buying food – fresh, canned or frozen?” We say all three! For a well-balanced eating style, it’s not really a question of “what’s best,” but rather, “what’s best when.” Under different circumstances, each option can be a healthy and economical choice – we explain how and why in this resource.

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Frozen veggies

Frozen vegetables are a cook’s best friend. They’re at peak ripeness and flavor, always ready when needed, budget-friendly, available in a variety of delicious blends – and there’s no chopping necessary. What could be better than that?

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For hundreds of years, the metal food can has helped bring food to our tables. We see it on shelves in grocery stores everywhere, but did you ever wonder when and how it came to be? We answer that and several other questions people have about cans and canned foods.

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Savvy Shopper

This quiz is a fun way to share “secrets” to becoming a discerning shopper. Concepts covered are unit pricing, multi-price sales, prepackaged versus fresh foods and more. The answer key provides a detailed explanation for each question.

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Good habits in the kitchen can save time and money and make getting meals on the table less stressful. We share easy ways to get organized in the kitchen – from storage ideas to cooking tips – to make time in the kitchen more efficient and pleasurable.

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Knowing when a fruit or vegetable is ready to eat is key to enjoying its full flavor. This mini-guide will take some of the guesswork out of properly ripening produce, then keeping it at optimal taste levels for as long as possible.

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All onions are not created equal. Find out why sweet onions are best for eating raw – and why they may be less likely to make you cry! 

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Better storage and more efficient use of groceries can waste less food and potentially save thousands of dollars a year in food expenditures. We share seven top tips to cut waste and include a recipe for “Clean-the-Fridge Vegetarian Chili” which shows how easy and delicious it is to be thrifty in the kitchen.

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These Tweet ideas coordinate well with resources we’ve featured in this ONE Toolkit.

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The Oldways Cart

Oldways makes understanding healthy eating easier, with the introduction of the Oldways Cart. This graphic nutrition tool, inspired by the recent Oldways Common Ground Consensus of top nutrition experts, shows a shopping cart filled with a week’s worth of groceries for two adults. The accompanying shopping list and meal plan detail how this cartful of foods can be mixed and matched to make up a healthy diet, in line with recommendations in the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Report. Food choices are mostly plant-based, but also include small amounts of meat, fish, and dairy.

Learn more about the Oldways Cart, Shopping List and Meal Plan here, then download the PDF resource below.