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Homemaking in a difficult economy

Posted 9/2/2015

Although food prices keep rising and salaries don’t seem to quite keep up, the optimist will look at this difficult time as an opportunity to regain those healthy habits we have left behind. Try the tips below to

Before you shop:

  • Make a food budget and stick to it
  • Make menus, plan for using leftovers
  • Make a list
  • Read ads, note sale items, look for online coupons available
  • Cut coupons, keep in organizer
  • Join the store savings clubs

At the Store:

  • Compare brands, use the Nutrition Facts Label, check out store brands
  • Compare cost per unit/ounce, take a calculator. Look at # servings, weight of product, serving size. Bigger doesn’t always mean cheaper.
  • Buy in-season, extra could be frozen or canned
  • Buy what you need, consider portion sizes for all ages in your family
  • Are convenience foods worth it?
  • Will they eat it?

At Home:

  • Keep to your menus
  • Store foods properly
  • Freeze or can if you cook or purchase too much
  • Freeze in usable amounts
  • Remember Food Safety

For those of you who want to learn more about canning:

The National Center for Home Food Preservation from the University of Georgia offers a free, self-paced online course called “Preserving Food at Home.” They also have information on canning, freezing, drying, curing, smoking, fermenting, pickling, and making jams and jellies. Visit the National Center for Home Food Preservation website.

Email or call Susan Lednicky, Nutritionist with Clark County Cooperative Extension, at 702-257-5548.

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