Preparation Tips

In the mood to munch? Bag a bargain with these snack ideas.
Instead of paying more for single-serving snacks, spend a little time to portion your own into small resealable bags. Nuts, whole-wheat crackers and whole-wheat pretzels are good options. Or, create your own nutrient-packed snack mix of whole-grain cereal, raisins and peanuts.

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You can reap the benefits of whole grains -- and keep a lid on the cost.
Cook brown rice, whole-wheat couscous and other whole grains from scratch instead of buying packaged mixes. You'll control the amount of added salt and fat -- and save money, too. Make extra and freeze in meal-size portions to quickly microwave for another time.
Stretching meat in stews and stir fries is a super money-saver.
Choose leaner meats (look for the word "loin" or "round" in the name) and use smaller amounts in dishes like casseroles, stews and stir fries. Break out the crock pot and slow-cook an economical lean cut like round steak into a tender, tasty meal.
Make stovetop popcorn -- a whole lotta shakin' can save some change!
Popcorn is a popular snack -- and costs just pennies per serving when popped on the stovetop in a little vegetable oil. Jazz up popcorn with spices or a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese. Bonus: popcorn is a whole-grain food and a good source of fiber, too!