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Kids' Healthy Weight

Shopping List on a Tight Budget!

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Food Items Compare the Costs

Frozen store brand chickern beast

Brand name chicken breasts    


$3.69 for 6 pieces

$5.49 for 3 pieces


Dried beans                                              

Ground beef      


$.79 for 1 pound of dried or $.50 for 1 can

$3.89 for 1 pound


Frozen broccoli  

Fresh broccoli    


$1.75/ for 3-4 servings

$3.49/ for 3 servings


Plain Brown Rice    

Pre-Packaged Rice Mix w/Sauce 


$2.19/ for 19 servings

$1.50/ for 1 ½ servings


Frozen Fruit, such as berries

Potato Chips


$2.89/ for 4 servings

$3.89/ for 1 bag


Light store brand vanilla yogurt

Ice cream  


$1.59/ for 3 ½ servings

$5.29/ for 16 half-cup servings


Plain oatmeal  

Pre-packaged oatmeal


$2.50/ for 30 servings

$3.79/ for 10 packages


Store brand wheat cereal  

Specialty “kids” cereal


$2.69 for 1 box

$5.99 for 1 box



























This guide was originally developed for hard copy distribution by pediatric experts at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital & colleagues in the Ohio Children’s Hospital Association with a grant from the Ohio Department of Health.

This children's health content is brought to you with support from University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital.

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Last Reviewed: Jun 23, 2013

Leona  Cuttler, MD Leona Cuttler, MD
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University