Here are 8 items that will help your food budget. I think I got this from SparkPeople. I’m not sure. Actually there were 10 but I wouldn’t recommend a couple of the choices. I think some of the prices are lower where I shop. Sometimes Walmart or Trader Joe’s will have better prices. Watch the ads. Also some things are more seasonal, such as apples.
Cost: $0.89 per 1 pound bag (about 9 carrots)
The benefits of carrots, Beta-carotene has more benefits than meets the eyes. (pun intended) It also helps promote healthy bones, skin and hair. Make carrot soup, add to a stir-fry, or slice into strips for an easy kids snack.
#2: Low fat cottage cheese
Cost: $2.75 per 16-ounce container
This perfect combo of protein, carbs and fat will help keep you satisfied. It’ll also give you a boost of calcium with 10% of your daily recommended dosage in every ½ cup serving.
#3: Canned Tuna
Cost: $1.00 per 5 ounce can
Buying in bulk or on sale will save even more on this popular protein. If you’re a tuna salad lover, don’t make the common mistake of drowning it in artery clogging fat dressing. I like it plain just like Dave Draper recommends.
Cost: $0.79 each
This easy-to-tote snack is one of the most budget-friendly fruits around. But there’s so much more to do with them.
#5: Natural Peanut Butter
Cost: 2.48 per 15-ounce jar
Portion control is the key to using peanut butter. Use the recommended 2 tablespoon serving and you’ll get 13 servings out of each 15-ounce jar. That’s 17 cents per portion. For snacks, We recommend 1 tablespoon – so you’ll get 26 servings (or 8.5 cents per portion). Talk about hitting the budget-friendly jackpot! There are so many ways to love it.
#6: Rolled Oats
Cost: 2.66 per 18-ounce container
An 18-ounce container gives you 13 1/2-cup portions– that’s 20 cents per portion! Oats are brimming with energy-boosting B-vitamins like riboflavin, niacin, and thiamine. They’re also high in soluble fiber, which helps lower cholesterol (just like you see on the commercials.)
#7: Frozen Broccoli
Cost: $1.36 per 16 ounce package
When you can’t get your hands on fresh broccoli, frozen is the perfect alternative. Frozen varieties are good money savers since you can use small portions at a time, which makes it last longer. Cook frozen broccoli as a quick weekday side or add to a stir-fry, stew or pasta dish.
#8: Canned Lentils
Cost: 1.63 per 15-ounce can
This legume is packed with hunger-satisfying protein and soluble fiber (the kind that helps lower cholesterol). Cook up a lentil soup, toss in a stew, and mix with rice. The bags of lentils are even more economical, yet require a little more preparation.