Stock your shopping cart with versitile, low-cost foods that help stretch your grocery budget.
Stocking up these smart foods can help keep your weekly grocery bills down. Plus, get tips and recipe suggestions for using these versitile ingredients from our food editor Beth Lipton.
Take a walk down the freezer aisle when shopping for produce to make the most of your grocery budget with frozen veggies.
They're frozen at the peak of freshness (which means you'll get more vitamins and nutrients) and you won't have to worry about
spoil, plus you can stock up when they go on sale.
Oats aren't just for oatmeal. Use oats in all your meals to save money, stave off hunger and get whole-grain goodness all
Bake, fry or sauté, no matter your taste, there’s a potato recipe to satisfy your appetite and budget. Plus, they are chock-full
of vitamins and nutrients like Vitamin C, Iron and Vitamin B6.
The versatility of this cheap kitchen staple may surpirse you. Keep it on hand for delicious budget-friendly meals, salads,
side dishes―even desserts!
Enjoy eggs any time of day for a tasty, inexpensive boost of protein and nutrients, like Vitamin D. Try hardboiled eggs as
a low-calorie, energy-rich snack or use eggs to whip up a simple dinnertime strata or quiche.
Spice up everyday items with ginger. When cooking with fresh ginger root, use a vegetable peeler to remove the skin and then
grate it rather than mince. Be sure to remember that a little bit goes a long way.
Stock up on pasta―it is the perfect base for a variety of quick, easy, filling meals. At less than 89¢ a box, it is also a
smart grocery buy.
High in protein and low in fat, canned tuna has long been a budget-friendly way to get important nutrients. For under $1 a
can you can make a bevy of tasty eats like niçoise salad, open face melts and pasta dinners.
Use this nutrient powerhouse to stretch your food dollars while adding fiber and protein. Try tossing beans into salads or
pureeing them into dips and soups.
With vinegar, you can make homemade dressings, sauces and marinades without much work (or money). Keep a few varieties stocked
in your pantry for easy access.
Add a little kick with onions! Sautee these inexpensive veggies to enhance entrees and soups. Or use them raw to flavor-up
simple salads and homemade sauces. At only 25¢ a piece and available year-round, they're a budget-conscious cook's best friend.
Dark meat is just as versatile as its light counterpart and it goes easy on your budget. Like the convenience of boneless,
skinless chicken breasts? Use boneless, skinless chicken thighs instead. They're cheaper and cook quickly.