Food budgets

The food needs of a family are determined by the family’s:

Once the food needs are determined, foods are bought according to:

Decisions in spending monies for food are influenced by some or all of the following:

Income is a powerful factor in determining how much can be spent for food. Usually, as income rises, families spend more total dollars for food; for example, buying a porterhouse steak vs. hamburgers. In addition, the less time available for shopping and meal preparation, the more dollars must be used for convenience foods or for foods eaten away from home.

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