When your money is tight you need to buy the cheapest foods while still feeding your family healthy meals. This list of frugal foods will help you do just that.
Buying frugal foods and cooking frugal meals doesn’t mean you eating tasteless unhealthy meals. You’ll find it’s exactly the opposite.
You’ll eat a healthier meal with $4 if you buy these frugal foods from the grocery store then if you decided to settle for a $4 meal at a fast-food restaurant.
Your grocery budget is an area where you can really cut costs when the need arises. Let’s look at 50 frugal foods to buy when you’re broke.
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Broke Grocery List
When figuring out what to eat when you’re broke, you need a list of foods that are the cheapest foods you can buy to create dirt cheap meals. This is when you need to create your broke grocery list.
This list of frugal foods can be found at any grocery store. Buying in bulk from stores like Costco can help you save even more. With these low budget foods and these healthy pantry staples 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 Food Tips
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11 – Cornmeal
Frugal Tip: Utilize cashback apps like Ibotta to save even more on your grocery bill. You’ll earn cashback on many of the frugal foods on your list.
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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Milk & Dairy
27 – Powdered Milk
28 – Whole Milk
29 – Yogurt
30 – Cottage Cheese
31 – Cheese
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.
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.
46 – Sugar
47 – Baking Soda
48 – Vinegar
49 – Salt/Pepper
50 – Other Seasonings (garlic salt, onion powder, etc.)
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.
- 50 Frugal Meals to Make When You’re Broke – Healthy Wealthy Skinny
- Dirt Cheap Meals – Feed Your Family on a Budget – Healthy Wealthy Skinny
- 20+ Frugal Meals for When Money is Tight – The Free Range Life
- Homemade Hamburger Helper – Four Hats & Frugal
- 20 Frugal & Tasty Rice and Bean Recipes – Family Balance Sheet
- Better Than Take Out Chicken Fried Rice – Rachel Schultz On Homemaking
And don’t forget to pull out that Air Fryer!
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