Feeling Full on a Budget – Foods to Buy When Money is Tight

by CashTime Loan Centers

If you’re a thrifty shopper, no doubt you’ve heard some pretty common advice when it comes to saving money… buy in bulk, clip your coupons, buy store brand, blah blah blah. Sure, it works, and that’s why you keep hearing the same topics throughout time. But these fundamental bits of knowledge forget the biggest, most important items of all… what the heck do you buy? Like, actual items you should purchase. Sure, you can technically live on Fruity Pebbles on the cheap, but your body won’t like that too much. Yes, beans are nutritious and last forever, but you’ll get bored of them by lunch. If you’re looking to save some money but don’t want meals to feel like a chore, what food should you buy on a budget?

The Magical Fruit. Yes, ok, I know we just talked about beans. We’re not saying use them for every meal, but there’s a reason it’s on here. You can get a can of any variety for quite a bit less than a dollar, they’re nutritionally complete, and can added to nearly every meal. Throw them in with a salad for extra protein and fiber. Smash ‘em up into a patty for a burger that’s not quite as good, but easier on the budget. Combine it with the fact that a shelf life lasts years, either in a can or dried, and you have a food that’s hard to beat.

Hardly Gruel. Oatmeal may seem unexciting… it’s pale sludge that needs quite a bit done to it to become edible. However, it’s loaded with minerals, vitamins, and fiber, which is why you feel it in your stomach hours after you finish eating. There’s plenty of types of oats (steel-cut, rolled, instant), but if you buy raw without any sweeteners or flavoring, it won’t cost an arm and a leg. Best yet, it’s a very versatile food. Add some fruit and cinnamon for a sweet start to your morning. Add salt and spices to make a savory starch that’s ready for protein or eggs. And just like beans, oats last a long time, so you don’t have to worry too much about it going bad.

Cold Storage. Produce is tough… we all know the benefits of fruits and veggies, but fresh products can be expensive, and seem to go bad before we have an opportunity to indulge. However, not only are frozen veggies more convenient, but they may actually be more healthy than fresh. Since veggies are frozen right after being picked, they retain more of their natural nutrients. Not only can you microwave them in a minute flat right in the bag, but you can feel good doing it. Broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, spinach… stick to what’s green for more complete nutrition at a budget.

Tough to Crack. There’s few foods as adaptable in cooking methods as the incredible egg. Scrambled, over easy, hard boiled, deviled, casserole ready… if you have a time of day and an appetite, eggs will be there for you. As a great source of protein and often less than two bucks for a dozen, there’s little eggs can’t do.