Beating inflation: Buying groceries for a family of four without breaking the bank

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Empty shelves and higher prices are making it harder for families to shop for weekly groceries. Action News Jax, Meghan Moriarty, worked with a Jacksonville grocery chain and Baptist Health dietician to shop for a family of four for five nights of dinner, spending under $25 a night.


“All the recipes that I chose are very versatile,” Sara Falk said.

Falk is a registered dietician with the ‘Personalized Approach to Health’ (PATH) program at Baptist Health. Ahead of our shopping spree, she picked out five different meals.

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Falk said it’s always good to go to the store with a list. She adds to also download your grocer’s app to see if it has any deals that week.

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Most of the meals Falk chose are quick and easy. She recommends picking generic, store-brand items, as they tend to be cheaper.


  • Tuna Casserole
  • Whole wheat spaghetti + Turkey Meatballs + Side Salad
  • Whole wheat spaghetti noodles
  • Jarred pasta sauce
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Avocado
  • Ranch salad dressing
  • Turkey Burgers (**not using bacon**)
  • Whole wheat burger buns
  • Baby Carrots
  • Cucumber
  • Chili with Lean Ground Beef
  • Brown rice and white rice
  • Sheet Pan Chicken Thighs + Carrots + Potatoes
  • Italian Seasoning

Shopping list/ingredients:

  • Tuna Can
  • Ground Turkey x 2
  • Chicken Thighs
  • Lean Ground Beef x 2
  • Egg Noodles
  • Onion x 2
  • Celery
  • Frozen Peas
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Avocado
  • Carrots
  • Potatoes
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Beef Broth
  • Tomato Paste
  • Mushroom Soup
  • Panko Bread Crumbs
  • Chili Powder
  • Cumin
  • Parsley
  • Garlic Powder
  • Italian Seasoning
  • Whole Wheat Spaghetti
  • Ranch Dressing
  • BBQ Sauce
  • Kidney Beans x 2
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Milk
  • Butter
  • Eggs
  • Whole Wheat Burger Buns

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