(NEW YORK) — How much does it cost to feed a family of four — and make sure that everyone is eating healthy food? Less than you might think, according to a new report from the US Department of Agriculture.
The USDA’s new program, My Healthy Plate, gives new guidelines for guidelines for eating fruits, vegetables, grains and proteins. Though some were wary of the cost of the healthier food recommended by the USDA, it turns out that it’s possible to feed a family of four healthy meals for a week for between $149 and $289 a week.
Feeding a family on this budget involves putting in a little more effort when shopping. The USDA says shoppers should look for sales, avoid buying pre-cut vegetables, and stay away from pricier cuts of meat.
Frugal diners should also stay in for dinner instead of going out to eat, which is typically far more expensive than a well-planned home cooked meal.
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