10 Cheap & Healthy Foods To Buy on a Tight Budget

10 Cheap & Healthy Foods To Buy on a Tight Budget

When eating on a budget, it can almost seem impossible to eat healthy. The lure of boxed and frozen meals and their cheap prices make it seem like they are the better buy. The truth is, there are many nutritious foods out there that are not only healthy, but generally low cost in most areas as well. These foods are great things to have on hand for making meals at home and can even become a meal with the right seasonings!

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10 Cheap & Healthy Foods To Buy on a Tight Budget


10 Cheap & Healthy Foods to Buy When You are on a Tight Budget


Beans of any kind. Beans are an excellent source of fiber and protein and are great at helping you stretch your meat in many recipes as well, saving you even more money. The cheapest option, of course, is to buy them dried, but canned beans are often on sale as well, so stock up on them for great meals.

Fresh Spinach. Spinach is really great for iron and other nutrients and it is surprisingly low cost. You can get huge bags of it for around $3. It goes great for salads and pasta dishes.

Lentils. Like beans, lentils are great for using to stretch meals further and can be used in anything from soups to casseroles.

Brown rice. Rice is a great staple for any budget shopper and it is also very versatile. The great thing about rice is, it pics up the flavor of whatever you cook it with so it can be made a variety of ways.

Bananas. These little golden beauties in a bunch are full of potassium as everyone knows, but they are also fairly cheap and work out to a great snack for less than a quarter.

Whole wheat pasta. While pasta is filled with a lot of carbs, it is also great for making meals go far. Skip the white pasta, though and go for the nutrient filled wheat stuff. It isn’t generally more expensive.

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Cauliflower. This veggie is more versatile than you think and it is amazingly low in carbs. You can make pizza crust, creamy sauces and even soups from it. It is somewhat like rice, in that it picks up flavor very easily.

Bulk Popcorn kernels. As little as a half a cup can give you a large bowl of popcorn that is low in fat and since you control the salt, can be low in salt as well. Each serving is less than a quarter, so it is very budget friendly as well.

Eggs. You can have eggs for breakfast, lunch or dinner as they are fast to cook up and can coast as low as a dime each. Eggs also work great for binders in casseroles and can help bulk up the protein in them.

Tofu. As long as you are not allergic to soy, tofu is a great low budget food to add to your list of foods to always have on hand. You can cook it pretty much any way, give it any flavor and make it savory, spicy or something else. It costs less than meat and gives you the benefit of lean protein.

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Do you have thoughts on other foods that are healthy but will work well on a budget? If so, I want to hear what you have to say!

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  1. April 29, 2014

    Great list! You always have the best ideas!! Thank you! Oats would be a great one as well.

    • April 30, 2014

      You’re welcome πŸ™‚ Definitely we’re working on getting more healthier but still on a budget.

    • NinaBean
      May 22, 2014

      I get oats for .63cents a pound. 4 pounds give my family of 5 breakfast all week. ( $2.52 cheaper than a box of cereal and lasts longer) Plus I can add a little extra water if I need to stretch it longer than that.

      • May 22, 2014

        That is great. We do a lot of Oatmeal, hot cereal and that seems to last longer than cereal. My kids can go through a box of cereal in a matter of a couple of days. Great tips, thanks for sharing!

  2. Great list! I buy many of those too! I would add big containers of oatmeal too.

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