Best Buys for Cost and Nutrition
Rising food prices are a concern for all consumers, but there are many ways you can save money while enjoying foods you like to eat.
Bread and Grains
- Look for bargains on day-old bread. It costs less but is still nutritious.
- Buy regular rice, oatmeal and grits instead of instant to save on money, sugar and calories.
- Buy fresh fruits in season when they generally cost less. Farmers’ markets are also a great resource.
- Frozen and canned fruits are smart choices all year round.
Vegetables and Salads
- Buy large bags of frozen vegetables. Seal tightly in the freezer between uses.
- Avoid pre-bagged salad mixes. They usually are more expensive and spoil faster.
- Grow your own vegetables.
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Low-Fat Milk Products
- Buy fresh, low-fat milk, yogurt and cheese in the largest size that can be used before spoiling. Larger containers cost less than smaller sizes.
- Ultra-pasteurized milk has a longer expiration date and won’t spoil as fast.
Meats and Beans
- Dried beans and peas are a good source of protein and fiber, and these staples last a long time without spoiling.
- Chuck or bottom round roast has less fat and is cheaper than sirloin.
- Look for specials at the meat counter. Buy meat on sale for big savings.
- Buy meat in large bulk packages to save money. Freeze portions you might not use right away to prevent spoiling.