All posts filed under: Budget Bites

Buying an Easter ham, eggs (and mayo), and a chocolate Easter bunny would be easier if you had an extra $16

Family traditions and get-togethers can make for an enjoyable Easter.  In my household, regardless of one’s age, we have a hardboiled egg-smashing contest, an Easter egg hunt with egg-by-egg clues until reaching a sugary prize at the very end, and my personal stash of Jelly Belly jellybeans. Many families come together for potluck meals where[…] Read More

Some vegetables remain affordable throughout the year – regardless of the growing season

No matter what time of year it is, or which growing season, there are some vegetables that are always affordable.  During the summer and fall months, grocery stores have produce bins that are overflowing with locally-grown, in-season produce.  During the winter months, many of these same bins are empty or filled with packaged or canned[…] Read More

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Getting MyPlate ideas to your family’s table is about being able to purchase healthy, affordable foods

In June 2011, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) introduced a new food group symbol, MyPlate, to replace the previous MyPyramid.  More importantly, the website has a wealth of information for you – including a “10 Tips Nutrition Education Series” that provides quick and easy ideas on how to eat healthy. The different articles[…] Read More

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More In My Basket outreach shows how $16/month can make a difference

Cooperative Extension agents in 55 North Carolina (NC) counties are providing outreach on Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) benefits – the NC name for the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.  Participants attending these events are amazed at how even $16 in benefits (the minimum amount for one and two person households) can make[…] Read More

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