Best Buys for Cost and Nutrition 2017-01-28T09:36:23-05:00

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.