At the store
Nutrition facts labels help shoppers determine the nutritional value of food so they can get the healthiest food for their dollar.
Compare unit prices
Unit pricing tells how much something costs per ounce or pound. You can often find the unit price on the price label that is attached to the market shelf. Unit pricing can help you decide what brand to buy or what size of a specific item to buy. The lower the unit price, the better the value. For example, someone is deciding between two different brands but same-sized jars of peanut butter. The unit prices are 10 cents per ounce and 12 cents per ounce. The 10 cent per ounce jar is a better buy.
Store brands are often just as good or better than name brands, and they usually cost less.
Check sell-by and use-by dates. Buying items that are short dated can increase waste at home. Wasted food = wasted money.
Maintain food freshness by keeping them safe in the store and storing them properly as soon as you get home.
Place raw meats and fresh produce in plastic bags supplied by the store. Separate them in your shopping cart and bag them separately at the checkout stand. Pick up refrigerated and frozen foods last.
Go directly home and store foods properly. Foods that are not stored properly will be wasted; this is a waste of your money and the time you spent shopping.
It’s important to beware of false or misleading claims.
Shop in season
Shopping in season is a great way to get the freshest produce at the best price. One of the best ways to find fresh fruits and vegetables is to visit your local farmers market. Learn more about how to shop and save money at your farmers market.