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Food Shopping and Meal Planning

Use these resources for meal planning and grocery shopping to help you stick to your budget and eat healthy at home.

USDA, Food and Nutrition Service, Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion

Making a plan before heading to the store can help you get organized, save money, and choose healthy options.

USDA, Food and Nutrition Service, SNAP-Ed Connection

Browse sample menus for celebrating holidays, including Cinco de Mayo, the 4th of July, and Halloween.

HHS, Food and Drug Administration

We can all play a part in reaching the national food waste reduction goal – to reduce food waste by 50% by the year 2030. Start using these tips today to reduce food waste, save money, and protect the environment.

HHS, National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, We Can!

Buy healthy foods for your family using these tips and resources.

HHS, National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Read about the difference between servings and portions, and find out how much portion sizes have grown over the past 20 years.

HHS, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

Understand how much you need to eat and control food portions so that you can eat just enough for you.

HHS, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

When it comes to your heart, what you eat matters. Follow these tips for heart healthy eating.

Department of Defense, Uniformed Services University, Consortium for Health and Military Performance

View a sample one-week meal plan based on a Mediterranean eating pattern.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Find healthy meal and snack ideas for a daily grocery budget of $5.63.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

View a sample weekly dinner plan, recipes, and grocery list. Plus, find a blank form that you can use to make a personalized plan.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

This tool allows you to look at what you’re spending now and how you can make small changes that add up to big savings.

Ohio State University Extension

This fact sheet provides ideas to decrease the amount of fat, calories, salt (sodium) and sugar in recipes. Ways to increase fiber in recipes are also provided.

Purdue Unversity Extension

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be expensive. Use these tips to make healthy choices while staying within your budget.

University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension

View a sample 7-day meal plan and recipes for a 2,000 calorie diet.

Utah State University Extension

Use this handout to plan weekly meals and create a grocery list.

Virginia Cooperative Extension

Plan meals before you grocery shop to save time and money. See the simple steps here.