Super Market Sweep

Meal Planning and Shopping Project

300 points possible


Situation: In today’s economy most families have to closely budget their finances. In this project you will assume the role of the financial planner of your family’s food budget.


Brief: The project is to be completed as an independent project. Only completed projects will be accepted. A maximum of 10 bonus points will be added to exemplary work in which pictures are provided.


Directions: Follow the meal preparation guidelines and instructions below. The project is to be submitted in a paper 3 ring notebook. It must be completed in the order that it is assigned.


Meal prep section

ü Select two sales papers from two separate local grocery stores. Using the sales papers plan 3 meals for your family. Decide which grocery store will provide you with the most economical food budget. You will turn in both flyers. Please circle the items that you purchase in the flyer from the store that you choose.

ü Prepare a grocery list for the meals you plan to prepare. Identify items that you have on hand. Note- When you are grocery shopping, get a price for items that you already have.

ü Shop for the grocery items. You will turn in the receipt or a copy of the receipt along with prices for the items that you have on hand. Your total should reflect all of the ingredients used in your meals.

ü Prepare the meals. They may be in any order and on random days. However, all 3 meals must be completed within 10 days from the day you begin the project.


Mathematic Skills

ü Find the mean (average) for the cost per meal.

ü Find the mean (average) for the cost per person.

ü How much would it cost you to feed your family for one month? Multiply the cost per meal by 30. The average family eats 30 meals at home each month. This does not include meals eaten away from home.

ü How many hours would you have to work earning minimum wage to feed your family? Remember this is only 30 meals. If you ate 3 meals at home each day, it would be 90 meals.

ü Design a bar graph showing your monthly income (minimum wage) compared to your predicted food budget. What Percentage of your income would be spent on food?

ü What was your tax total? What was the tax percentage of you bill? Show your tax percentage for both your meals, and your projected budget on your bar graph.

ü Approximately how much does your family spend on food each month? (including meals away from home) Compare your family’s actual budget to your project findings. Show the comparison on your graph.


Literacy Skills/ Habits of Success


ü Describe how your family’s personal choices, values, and wants affect your purchases?

ü Explain how you took responsibility for the financial decisions (budget) when planning your meals. How could you have saved money on the food budget?

ü What did you learn from this project?

ü What did you like most about the project?

ü What did you like least about the project?

ü How many hours did you spend on the project?

ü What additional information do you feel needs to be added to this project?


CTE Concept Competencies to be demonstrated:

ü Compare factors that impact consumer purchasing decisions throughout the life span. Examples: personal choice and values, attitudes, wants and needs, social influences.

ü Explain the importance of taking responsibility for personal financial decisions.

ü Critique the impact of advertising and sales propaganda on individual and family spending decisions.

ü Analyze shopping skills in relation to individual and family resource management across the life span. Comparing products and services

ü Determine factors that affect the cost of goods and services, including sales tax, tips, coupons, discounts and unit pricing.


Mathematics and Concept Competencies to be demonstrated:

ü Use mathematical techniques to make financial and economic decisions including….. personal budgets… and advertising.

ü Approximate rates of change of nonlinear relationships from graphical and numerical data.

ü Add and subtract polynomials

ü Multiply polynomials

ü Determine measures of central tendency


Literacy skills/ habits of success to be demonstrated:

ü Descriptitve, expository and exemplification wriiting.

ü Inquiry learning

ü Synthesize information into bar graph format

ü Analyze charts & tables for conclusions

ü Demonstrate knowledge of material


Project Specifications:



ü The project must be completed within 10 days. Students are responsible for planning, shopping, preparation, and clean up after the meal. Parents will sign project to confirm that student completed the project on their own.





ü Students are to plan, prepare, and clean up after their meals.

ü Students are to work individually. This is NOT a cooperative learning project.

ü Students are to plan nutritionally balanced meals.

ü Students are to adhere to food safety and sanitation guidelines.

Rubric (Grading)









neat & interesting







completed and turned in on time







Sales papers circled- etc…







grocery list with identified on hand items (nutritionally balanced)







grocery receipt and prices for items on hand (totaled)







meal preparation- pictures or parent signature







cost per meal







cost per person







monthly averages







hour averages







bar graph- neat, interesting, and complete







tax percentages







comparison to actual food budget







Personal choices, values and wants







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