When trying to save money you should separate your needs from your wants. Food is an obvious need, but not all foods are created equal. Some items cost a lot and don’t fill you up. While other items are really cheap and keep you full for hours. But I’m going to suggest you start ordering every item on the dollar menu at McDonalds. There are healthy ways to eat cheap. Here are 7 healthy supermarket bargains.
Eggs are full of protein and are very economical. If you’re on a budget you can skip cage-free eggs or the healthier egg beaters.Typically you can order a dozen eggs for under two dollars which means each egg will only cost you $0.15. Now that’s cheap.
Beans are full of fiber which helps keep you full longer. Purchase dry beans instead of cooked beans though. While both a can of cooked pinto beans and one pound of dry pinto beans costs $1 each, you can get at least 3 cans worth if you cook them yourself. A serving of beans would only cost you about $0.15.
You can pick up one pound of carrots for $1. Don’t bother with baby carrots, you can clean, peel and cut them yourself. With carrots you’ll get your fix of beta-carotene which protects your heart and helps you see better.
To get some antioxidants in your system eat blueberries, blackberries and raspberries. Be sure to buy them during their season though to get a good deal. If you find a really good deal you can stock up and freeze what you won’t eat now.
For some potassium in your diet eat potatoes. Each potato will set you back only $0.11.
A serving of rice will cost you about $0.25. Brown rice costs a little more but is packed with fiber and is low in fat.
Oatmeal is a great heart healthy way to start your day. It’s low in fat, high in fiber and will help to lower your cholesterol. The cost? About $0.11 per serving.