With grocery prices on the rise, it can be challenging to put food on the table without breaking the bank. Here are some simple ways to eat well on a shoestring budget.
Choose these low-cost meats for healthy homemade recipes that will feed the whole family at a fraction of the cost of takeout.
- Ground beef
- Round steak
- Bone-in pork chops
- Whole chicken
Embrace Meatless Mondays
Swap meat-filled recipes with these thrifty protein sources that are rich in fiber and nutrients.
- Pinto beans
- Garbanzo beans
- Kidney beans
Avoid Overspending Pitfalls
Do not shop on an empty stomach to prevent an expensive trip down the cookie aisle. Don't splurge on pricy premade meals and pre-sliced produce—and skip brand names when you can buy a generic equivalent. That extra 50 cents saved here and there will make a big difference at the register.
Stick With Your Plan
Cut costs—and calories—by developing a weekly meal-planning strategy. Stick to your list while shopping to avoid impulse buys. Double up the recipe on your favorite dish and store the extra portion in your freezer. Use coupons only for foods on your list, not for that "extra little something."
- Seasonal produce is the best option—for your pocketbook and your tastebuds.
- Save money—and time slicing and dicing—by purchasing frozen and canned produce.
- Look on "past due" shelves for the best bargains.
- SNAP recipients can take advantage of Double Up Food Bucks, which match SNAP dollars spent on produce.
Hit Up the Farmer's Market
Shop at your local farmer's markets to get fresh produce at a lower cost while supporting local businesses—it's a win-win! Purchase your selections around closing time when farmers are eager to sell off their goods. Search online to find farmer's markets that accept SNAP benefits.