50 Frugal Foods to Buy When You’re Broke


Wealth / Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

We’ve all experienced a time or two when money was tight.  During these times anything that is not essential has to go.  Food is one of the items on everyone’s budget that just can’t be cut.  The family has to eat right? But that doesn’t mean you can’t make changes to your grocery list to cut that grocery bill down.  In this blog post, I’m going to share with you 50 frugal foods to buy when you’re broke.

 

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50 Frugal Foods to Buy When You're Broke

 

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50 Frugal Foods to Buy When You’re Broke

This list of frugal foods can be found at any grocery store.  Buying in bulk from stores Costco can help you save even more.  With these foods in stock, your family will eat well on a very tight budget.

Don’t believe me?

Check out the recipes using these items at the end of this post.

 

frugal foods dry goods

 

Whole Grains/ Dry Goods

1 – Brown/White Rice

2 – Oats

3 – Whole Grain Pasta

4 – Quinoa

5 – Whole Wheat Flour

6 – Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread

7 – Popcorn

8 – Grits

9 – Box Mac & Cheese

10 – Saltine crackers

11 – Cornmeal

 

Frugal Tip:  Utilize cash back apps like Ibotta to save even more on your grocery bill.  You’ll earn cash back on many of the frugal foods on your list.

 

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Proteins

12 – Ground Turkey

13 – Pinto Beans

14 – Black Beans

15 – Lentils

16 – Garbanzo Beans

17 – Eggs

18 – Almonds

19 – Chicken Thighs

20 – Chicken Legs

21 – Whole Chicken

22 – Canned Tuna

23 – Canned Salmon

24 – Canned Chicken

25 – Peanut Butter

26 – Ground Beef

 

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frugal foods milk

 

Milk & Dairy

27 – Powdered Milk

28 – Whole Milk

29 – Yogurt

30 – Cottage Cheese

31 – Cheese Singles

 

Frugal Tip – Take advantage of mobile coupons.  Use this list of frugal foods to plan your grocery list and add mobile coupons prior to your trip to the store.

 

frugal foods bananas

 

Fruits & Vegetables

32 – Apples

33 – Bananas

34 – Pears

35 – Carrots

36 – Lettuce

37 – Cabbage

38 – Potatoes

39 – Onions

40 – Garlic

41 – Kale

42 – Spinach

43 – Broccoli

44 – Canned Tomatoes

45 – Canned Vegetables

 

Frugal Tip:  Don’t forget to look for specials.  Check the sales papers for your local stores.  Also, take advantage of weekly specials like Double Ad Wednesdays at Sprouts.

 

Miscellaneous

46 – Sugar

47 – Baking Soda

48 – Vinegar

49 – Salt/Pepper

50 – Other Seasonings (garlic salt, onion powder, etc.)

 

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Frugal Recipes to Try

Now that you have the items on your Frugal Foods Shopping list, what the heck can you make?  Here are a few Frugal Recipes to get you started.  You’ll quickly see that you can save money and eat well.

And don’t forget to pull out that Air Fryer!

 

Leave a comment and share some of the frugal foods on your shopping list.  Or share some of your favorite frugal recipes.

 

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30 Replies to “50 Frugal Foods to Buy When You’re Broke”

  1. I am definitely going to try some of these recipes however I like frozen veggies over canned! You can get them for 10 for $10 at Kroger or 4 bags inside 1 large one at Sam’s club.

  2. Great list! When I’m focused on budget, I definitely do my best to focus on sales and buy in bulk! It’s amazing that you can get like 2lbs of rice for a few bucks in bulk, but like half a pound of pre-packaged rice is like $6-$8! It’s ridiculous!

  3. Loved these tips! When I first moved out and was hit with how expensive living is I would sometimes skip meals and eat a lot of fruits and veggies because they were pretty cheap. You have some wonderful ideas in here!

  4. I absolutely love this! Going to check out that fugal recipe post too. Most of that food is in my cabinet now. Great for college students trying to figure out too! I’m pinning this to refer back to.

  5. Cheese singles?! are you kidding me? There is nothing more expensive that already sliced cheese
    plus the crap that they wrap individually! Slice your own- thats the way to save money!

    1. Judy, I would have to agree. A cheaper way to buy cheese would be to buy in a brick and slice it yourself. Thanks for the tip!

  6. I have found that making your own mac n cheese can be alot cheaper than buying boxed And tastes so much better!
    Bag of elbow noodles
    Mac n cheese seasoning from McCormick
    Milk
    Butter
    Cream Cheese
    Delicious!!

    1. Thanks for the tip Carmen. I love to make my own Mac n Cheese. But I didn’t know McCormick had a Mac n cheese seasoning. I have to try it.

  7. Yes! I love bananas and it’s awesome that they’re priced so low. Also, I switched from Shoprite to Walmart for groceries. It’s awesome. A can of tuna for $.66 and canned vegetables for $.38! Can’t beat that!

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