Thursday, December 2, 2021

20 Cheap Foods to Buy When You're Broke - WTOP

Last updated Monday, October 25, 2021 16:50 ET , Source: NewsService

When money is tight, as it has been for a lot of people in these pandemic-charged and inflationary times, it makes sense to cut back on what you’re spending at the grocery store. But while spending less on groceries is a seemingly simple way to stretch your dollars, buying cheap foods for budget meals can wind up costing you if you aren’t strategic. For instance, if you live on cheap snack foods that pack on the pounds and lead to high cholesterol, eventually you could spend plenty on health care costs.

[See: 9 Secrets to Save Money on a Shoestring Budget.]

So aim to fill your cart with inexpensive and nutritious foods. If you’re looking for something tasty, healthy and cheap, consider these expert-recommended items:

— Bananas.

— Beans.

— Brown rice.

— Canned tuna or salmon.

— Chicken.

— Chuck roast.

— Corn tortillas.

— Eggs.

— Flour.

— Frozen vegetables.

— Ground beef or ground chuck.

— Honey.

— Iceberg lettuce.

— Lentils.

— Oats.

— Peanut butter.

— Pasta.

— Potatoes.

— Spinach.

— Tomatoes.


Among fruits, bananas are a bargain. “(Bananas) get a bad rap for being high in sugar, but natural sugar in fruit is not a major concern for health,” says Jenn LaVardera, a registered dietitian and wellness specialist in Southampton, New York. “Bananas contain vitamin C, manganese, vitamin B6 and potassium as well as antioxidants that support health. They also pack heart-healthy fiber. At sometimes under 50 cents per pound, they are the best deal in the produce department,”...

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