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Can You Shop Smarter?

Can You Shop Smarter?

If you’re on a tight budget, you can probably learn to shop more efficiently at the grocery store.

Jenny Epstein runs the Healthy Lifestyles Initiative for Ever Thrive Illinois. It’s a statewide effort, aimed primarily at low-income people who might be on food stamps, to teach good shopping and eating habits. She says they give supermarket tours across the state, and more extensive lessons.

“In addition to the Cooking Matters at the Store tour, we also do six-week-long Cooking Matters courses. It’s a six-week program where we do a nutrition and culinary education component, and we show people that with a few basic ingredients, some fresh fruits and vegetables, some spices, you can make a delicious meal that’s low in fat, low in sodium, low in sugar and low in cost,” she said.

The lessons are intended for low-income people but are applicable to anyone who wants to save money and eat better.

Basic advice in the store: Read labels, read unit prices, and buy the produce that’s in-season; it’ll be the cheapest.

www.ilmaternal.org/cookingmatters/index.html

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