When money is tight, you’re obviously going to cut back on what you’re spending at the grocery store. But while spending less at the grocery store is a seemingly simple way to stretch your dollars, buying cheap foods for budget meals can wind up costing you — if you aren’t strategic. For instance, if you live on cheap snack foods that pack on the pounds and produce high cholesterol, eventually you could spend plenty on health care costs.
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So try to fill your cart with inexpensive but also nutritious food items. If you’re looking for something tasty, healthy and cheap, consider these recommended items.
— Frozen vegetables.
— Brown rice.
— Canned tuna or salmon.
— Chuck roast.
— Ramen noodles.