Shopping from the USDA’s MyPlate sample grocery list is trickier than it sounds, especially when the four gallons of milk fall out of the cart. (Jennifer Bardsley)

Shopping from the USDA’s MyPlate sample grocery list is trickier than it sounds, especially when the four gallons of milk fall out of the cart. (Jennifer Bardsley)

Grocery shopping with MyPlate’s Thrifty Meal Plan in mind

The goal: Spend no more than $158.30 at Fred Meyer on a week’s worth of food for a family of four.

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