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Tymikia Glenn
“Nutrition for us is a staple in our family.”

Chuck Denney, Narrator (UT Institute of Agriculture)

After a workout at her exercise studio, Tymikia Glenn and her boys are hungry. Sure they could eat anything, but prefer smoothies. This blend is made of strawberries, bananas and spinach.

Tymikia Glenn

“So it’s just easier for us to drink the smoothies and eat the vegetables and fruit as opposed to going out and buying ho-hos and dum-dums. That stuff, though its sweets, it doesn’t fill you up, and I end up having to buy more.”

Chuck Denney, Narrator
As a businesswoman and a mom, Tymikia is a bargain shopper. She looks for coupons for pre-packed items or toiletries, which frees up money for other healthier foods.

Tymikia Glenn

“I coupon. I love my coupons. The only thing is they don’t really have coupons for fresh produce. So you don’t really find a lot of coupons for carrots and broccoli.”

Chuck Denney, Narrator

Recently we’ve seen prices increase at the grocery store, mainly for meats, poultry and milk. But here in the US we only spend about 7% of our income on food. That’s the lowest percentage in the world. In some poor countries, it’s nearly 50%. Still most of us have to watch our money, and higher food prices can impact our household budgets. Beverly Shelby with UT Extension in Weakley County recommends that you go shopping with a list, and stick to it. Determine what you already have in your cabinets, and what you maybe can do without.

Beverly Shelby (UT Extension - Weakley County)

“You want to start with a plan. Before you leave the house, you want to figure out what it is you want to serve that week, your menu for the week including breakfast, including snacks. Foods that your family will eat.”

Chuck Denney, Narrator
Shelby says no matter if grocery prices continue to increase, cooking at home is almost always cheaper than eating out all the time. And when you’re preparing food in your kitchen, you may be more mindful of nutritional value.

Beverly Shelby
“We need to get back to preparing food at home for our families. We probably tend to eat out more than we should. Those foods tend to be higher in fat, sugar and salt.”

Chuck Denney, Narrato
Food is the one thing in life we have to buy. But we also need to eat things that are good for us. And a smart plan can save you time and money.

OF NOTE: UT Extension experts say farmer’s markets are a great place to buy nutritious vegetables and fruits. You support local agriculture and often find good prices there.