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Maximize food dollars with menu planning

Feeding a family can be stressful, especially when on a tight budget. Do you plan your meals before grocery shopping? Menu planning doesn’t have to be complicated! Planning meals ahead requires a small investment of time, but can reap great rewards:

• A menu plan saves money. A menu plan reduces impulse spending and helps you to stay within a food budget. Using leftovers efficiently cuts food waste and planned buying makes it easy to stockpile food at reduced prices.

• A menu plan saves time. There is no dash to the market for a missing ingredient or frantic searches through the freezer for so...