Yes, you can! Look at your receipts from fast food establishments - it's not that cheap. A McDonald's burger, fries and soda may cost more than $6.00 per person. For just $2.00 a meal, people age 12 and older can eat a thrifty, nutritious meal prepared at home from the MyPlate recommended food groups. (The cost is even less for children under age 12) And, for less than $3.00 an even more liberal meal can be enjoyed. Evidence shows that a healthy home cooked meal can be made for less than half of the cost of a typical fast food meal.
The USDA estimates thrifty to liberal meal costs based on the recommended dietary guidelines. Figure out a budget for yourself that works for you and your family. Focus on the quality of your food choices:
- Get the best price
- Stock up in season
- Cook more at home
- Limit eating out
Coupons posted daily online and in local supermarkets help to reduce the cost of eating healthy even more. And, additional assistance is available for those who qualify from NJ SNAP (formerly Food Stamps), New Jersey's supplemental nutritional assistance program that can help low-income families buy the groceries they need to eat healthy.
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