9 Best Budget Supermarket Buys
If you want to save money at the supermarket, start by purchasing these items
If you’ve ever gone through the checkout at your local supermarket, watched the cashier move your purchases over the scanner, and wondered how in the world you spent so much money buying so few items, you’re not alone. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Economic Research Service, grocery store food items are getting more expensive. Plus, many foods that are staples of healthy eating (poultry, eggs, fish, and fresh vegetables specifically) have increased dramatically in price during recent months. So how do you feed yourself or your family wholesome and filling meals on a budget? The first step is knowing what to buy at the supermarket.that are shelf-stable and easily adaptable to any meal. Foods like brown rice, quinoa, lentils, and beans cost very little compared with other types of foods, and can easily be used as the base of any meal. They will last for a long time in your pantry; that means you can cut more costs by purchasing them in bulk and you won’t have to worry about losing money because they’ll have gone bad before you have a chance to use them.
Ready to start saving money at the supermarket? Here are a few things you should put in your shopping cart:
One of the cheapest fruits available, bananas are packed with nutrients your body needs. While they’re great for snacking, they’re also easy to incorporate into meals; try adding them to nut-butter sandwiches, mashing them into sweet potatoes, or freezing peeled bananas (with plastic wrap pressed against their surface) to use in smoothies.
Whether they’re fried, sautéed, or caramelized, onions provide a great flavor base for a number of dishes. They costs very little and, as an added bonus, the root ends of your onions (which you might normally throw away) can be planted and used to grow more onions indoors, even if you live in a small space.
Kristie Collado is The Daily Meal’s Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @KColladoCook.
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