By the 15th of the month many of my families are out of food. They can not make their foodstamps last. I promise you that I will have my mom , Judy Keith, come in and teach a class on shopping, coupons and meal planning. Until then: www.ehow.com has a great article to guide users.
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- Make wise buying decisions. Processed foods, prepared foods and frozen foods often cost more than simple and more nutritious ingredients. Instead of using your food stamps to buy frozen dinners, develop a basic meal plan that incorporates fruits, vegetables and healthy proteins. For example, purchasing a whole chicken can provide you with several meals (chicken soup, chicken sandwiches, etc.) and is typically less expensive and healthier than purchasing chicken nuggets.
Stock up and save. When an item you use frequently is on sale, buy more than one if you can. This way, your food stamps will go farther. The sale cycle for most grocery stores is twelve weeks, so if you go through a jar of spaghetti sauce every two weeks and your favorite brand is on sale, consider using your food stamps to buy six, so you won’t have to buy it again until it goes back on sale. Buying in bulk can also be a great way to help make your food stamps go farther.
Use coupons. Food stamps can be combined with manufacturer coupons, so you will get more for your money. Only use coupons for items you would buy anyway, and for healthy items that you know you will eat. Otherwise, coupons don’t end up being a very good deal after all. Many grocery stores will double coupons or run other special promotions, so make sure you find out what the rules are for your local grocery stores.
Keep food stamp and non-food stamp items separate in the grocery cart for ease of checkout. Understand the rules in your individual state for what is acceptable to purchase with food stamps and what is not, and consider these factors when making your list. In the grocery store, you may want to put a separate basket in your cart and put all the items you can’t use food stamps to buy in that basket, so that you will have everything organized at the checkout counter.
Pick your store wisely as well. Grocery stores and discount retailers, such as Wal-Mart and Target stores with grocery stores in them, often have better deals than convenience stores or corner markets and they accept food stamps. Warehouse clubs, such as Costco and Sam’s Club, sell items in bulk, often at prices much lower than the single-item price, and they accept food stamps as well. Try to shop in a store that has the best prices so that your food stamps will go farther.”