Cheap Food to Buy at Grocery When You’re Broke

Cheap Food to Buy at Grocery When You're Broke
“Cheap Food to Buy at Grocery When You’re Broke” will give you ideas about not only what to buy at the grocery store, but how to prepare wonderful meals for your family!

Cheap food doesn’t have to be boring! Who wants to eat boring food?

When I was a single mom, with very little in the way of cooking skills, I was looking for cheap, healthy foods that had a good amount of nutritional value and could be prepared easily, that was cheap!

I could barely boil water (like, no joke) so simple was very important for me.

Below are 20 food items that are nutritious, and usually very inexpensive at the grocery!

loaded baked potato


Potatoes are the Classic Cheap Food

Potatoes are the #1 consumed vegetable in the US and #4 worldwide! Potatoes contain a good amount of Vitamin C, fiber and potassium.

Potatoes are a favorite of cooks looking for great value for their money!

Potatoes are one of the cheapest foods you can live on!  They can be served solo or as a way to stretch leftovers.

You can prepare potatoes so many ways!

Potato Soup

rice recipes


Whether you prefer brown or white, rice remains of the best foods to put on your cheap food grocery list.

Eating rice every day makes you feel more full, which is a good thing when money is tight!

Rice is so versatile!

It can be served for breakfast, lunch or dinner! I like to use my Instant Pot to make a big batch of rice for the week!

Rice can stretch canned dog food even further! Mixed 1:1, rice almost doubles my canned dog food! My dogs love it!

Risotto Rice – Quick and easy to whip up for dinner or lunch!

55 Easy Rice Recipes


Oatmeal: Healthy and Cheap Food

Oatmeal is just another fabulous, cheap food to live on.

Thing is, I would eat oatmeal even if it were expensive, but it remains one of the cheapest groceries at the grocery store!

Heck, oatmeal is gluten-free without the hefty price!

There are tons of creative ways to prepare oatmeal, for breakfast, cookies, granola, muffins and more!

25 Oatmeal Recipes So Good You’ll Actually Want to Eat Oatmeal

baked apples


Apples are one of the cheapest healthy foods at the grocery store, all year round!

Check out these quick and easy apple recipes!

To be honest, raw apples that are washed and ready to be eaten as snacks or added to school lunches are the easiest way to get them eaten.

When my apples get a little soft, I like to fry them up in some butter and cinnamon! Delicious!

Back in the day, apples were almost categorized as herbs, rather than a fruit, due to the vitamins and minerals that they contain!

Ever heard “An apple a day keeps the Doctor away”??

Yep, that’s where that saying came from.

10 Best Quick Apples Dessert Recipes

DIY Homemade Laundry Detergent

tomato soup is cheap food



Bread is the next cheapest food to live on!

Some of the cheapest foods to make can be made with bread:  Sandwiches, French toast, grilled cheese and more!

I think most of us remember our moms making croutons out of stale bread.

Don’t bread’s capabilities don’t stop with croutons!

Whether you catch bread on sale or make your own, bread can be served for breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert!

35 Delicious Ways to Use Leftover Bread


eggs are cheap groceries 


Eggs are almost always cheap!

And talk about a nutritional powerhouse!

Eggs contain 75 calories, as well as 7 grams of protein, are low in fat, and contain iron, vitamins, minerals, and carotenoids!

The easiest way that we enjoy eggs is either scrambled with toast, or fried egg sandwiches with cheese.

12 Delicious Breakfast Ideas

10 Super Cheap Meals that Taste Delicious – Happy DIY Home



Always Cheap Food: Beans

Who doesn’t think about beans when looking for a cheap meal idea?

But, let me tell you…

These bean recipes are NOT your mama’s bean recipes!

Beans have come a long way, baby!

27 Best Bean Recipes


roasted carrots are cheap food


Carrots are another cheap food that just happens to be a nutritional powerhouse!

Carrots are just about always cheap, but especially in the Spring!

While there are some fabulous carrot recipes to be made and enjoyed, I’m pretty content to just munch on baby carrots raw when I’m cooking or on the internet.

Another simple way I enjoy carrots is to just drizzle some olive oil on them, with lots of salt and pepper and then simply roast them. They are so sweet that way!

The Great Big List of Carrot Dessert Recipes


Cheap Grocery Favorite: Peanut Butter

Peanut butter is an all-time favorite for most of us!

I am always in pursuit of sale-priced peanut butter, 9 cents per ounce is my rock-bottom buying price!

So, take the plunge and try something different than the PB&J!

40 Surprisingly Savor Uses for Peanut Butter





During the summer, zucchini are in abundance and cheap!

The easiest way I know of to prepare zucchini is to saute chopped-up zucchini in a skillet, add a little seasoning and eat it that way!

But do check out all of these amazing zucchini recipes!

60+ Best Zucchini Recipes You Can Enjoy for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner



Cheap Food Favorite:  Macaroni and Cheese

Boxed Mac-n-Cheese is an old standby, but it doesn’t have to be BORING!

Take advantage of the humble, boxed macaroni and cheese, stock up and rock some creative meals!

Upgraded Kraft Mac N Cheese




If you walk into my pantry, you’ll find a whole mess of canned tuna.

Growing up, everyone’s mom made Tuna Casserole at least once a week!

Once I was in college, I ate quite a few tuna fish sandwiches (on toast), with loads of lettuce and tomato.

My kids have never been interested in any of the above (Gasp! I know right?!)

However, there are plenty of great tuna recipes out there to try!

20 Quick and Easy Canned Tuna Recipes




Milk is another cheap staple at the grocery store!

You might be surprised to know that there’s a lot more you can do with milk besides drinking it!

Next time you see milk on sale, or are in danger of some milk going bad, be sure to check out these amazing recipes!



Tortillas are cheap at the store, but even cheaper to make!

For just a few cents each, you can make fresh, hot, yummy tortillas.

However, if you prefer to buy them, you can still make some awesome meals with them!

70 Tasty Recipes with Flour Tortillas


sliced bananas in a bowl

Cheap Food: Bananas

Bananas are a super-cheap food at the grocery, that are available just about all year round!

Bananas don’t last long around my house!

We eat them raw for the most part, but if the bananas are still in the fruit bowl long enough to turn brown, I usually make banana bread!

23 Easy Banana Recipes




We’re talking about real cheese here, not “American” cheese (which isn’t really cheese).

Cheese brings some decent nutritional value to the table (think milk!) so it’s totally worth your time to seek out good deals on quality cheese.

I like to buy cheese in bulk at Costco or at Aldi.

16 Cheese Recipes for Any Occasion

cheap food like chicken legs

Consistently Cheap Groceries: Chicken Legs and Thighs

When you’re shopping for cheap cuts of meat, chicken legs and thighs are usually a great buy!

Chicken’s dark meat contains different vitamins than white meat does, so make sure you include it in your diet!

25 Simple, Delicious Chicken Leg Recipes


Ground Beef

Ground beef is another cheap cut of meat at the grocery, so stay tuned for sales on this staple!

Ground beef is probably the meat we cook with the most! We love burgers on the grill, chili, sloppy joes, hamburger soup, etc.

We keep as much ground beef as we can find in our freezer!

Or, if money permits buy bulk beef from a farmer!

37 Easy Ground Beef Recipes


Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables are Cheap Food

Finally, just about any food that is in season is the cheapest.

When citrus is in season, buy it!

Cook with it, eat it for snacks, make your own DIY Vitamin C capsules…whatever.

But get in the habit of realizing what foods are in season.

I promise you that you will save money when you take advantage of the loss leader sales at the grocery, which are almost always “in season” foods!

Eating for less is very doable during these inflationary times by purchasing these cheap groceries to make meals with!
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