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How to shop for Thanksgiving and still have money left for Christmas

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It’s easy to blow your budget while grocery shopping for big holiday meals. How do you spend money wisely while still preparing a feast your family will remember for years to come? Melissa Painter, a nutrition outreach instructor with WVU Extension Service Family Nutrition Program, has plenty of tips for making your food budget go further. 


Audio file: Make a store list...

“Make a store list. But first, look in your cabinets and refrigerator to see what you already have. By making an organized list, knowing what you need and what you have at home, you are not going to buy extra things you don’t need.”

Audio file: Use store cards...

“Use store cards and digital coupon. A lot of people don’t understand or know about those. Kroger, Piggly Wiggly, Dollar General, Family Dollar—almost every grocery store has its own program.”

“Pay attention to unit pricing. It’s on everything you buy. It shows you how much food you’re getting for your money, and you can compare that with other brands. Just because something might seem cheaper, doesn’t mean it is.” —Melissa Painter, nutrition outreach instructor, WVU Extension Service Family Nutrition Program

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CONTACT: Melissa Painter
Nutrition Outreach Instructor
WVU Extension Service Family Nutrition Program

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