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Eat Cheap and Healthy on a Budget

Eat Cheap and Healthy on a Budget

When you’re on a low income, it helps to keep foods in the house that don’t cost a lot of money. This probably means changing your eating, baking, and cooking habits.

The items on my list are mainly vegetarian because that’s the eating plan I follow.

If money is tight, it might be time to cut meat out of your budget. If you’re looking to lose weight, dropping meat from your diet can also help drop pounds.

Low priced groceries to keep in the house
  • Peanut butter
  • Eggs
  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Spinach
  • Baby carrots
  • Frozen fruit
  • Frozen vegetables
  • Oats
  • Dried beans
  • Barley
  • Brown rice
  • Margarine
  • Yogurt
  • Pasta
  • Cereal
  • Pickles
  • Olives
  • Popcorn
  • Canned tomatoes
  • Canned soup
  • Applesauce
  • Canned pumpkin
  • Milk or milk substitute
  • Tea bags
Eat Cheap and Healthy on a Budget
Baking

Here are baking supplies you need to keep in your cupboard, or your freezer if you don’t use them fast enough before their best by date. I buy big bags of flour and keep them in the freezer. Many of my seldom used baking ingredients, like milk powder and corn meal, also have a home in the freezer.

Save money by baking bread, cookies, and granola bars instead of buying them.

  • All purpose flour
  • Whole wheat flour
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Vanilla
  • Pancake mix
  • Condensed milk
  • Yeast
  • Flax seeds
  • Egg substitute
  • Craisins and/or raisins
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Coconut
  • Nuts
  • Chocolate chips
  • Skim milk powder
  • Corn meal
  • Bread crumbs
  • White sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Powdered sugar
  • Vegetable oil
  • Olive oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Cocoa powder
  • Cinnamon
  • Honey

Don’t go out and buy all these groceries at once because it’ll probably set you back a couple hundred dollars or more. Chances are good that you already have many of these items in your house and you can start incorporating more of these groceries over time.

If you really hate something on the list, don’t buy it or you’ll end up wasting groceries and your money.

The idea is for you to always have ingredients on hand to put together a cheap, healthy meal.

Coming soon…

Stay tuned for a post featuring easy recipes for cookies, bread, muffins, donuts, granola bars and many other delicious baked goods.

Who’s with me and my lifelong love affair with bakeries? I love baked goodies but don’t love the prices at grocery stores and bakeries.

DIY! .

In no time you’ll be creating delicious, home baked goodies at a fraction of the cost of buying them. Bonus: you control the ingredients and can make them as healthy (or not!) as you want.

When you’re creating tasty meals and amazing baked goods for less than $5 – wow! You’ve got this!

Here are a few recipes to get you started

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bake

Trail Mix Overnight Oats

Spicy Apple Green Tea Smoothie

Chick Pea Sandwich

Instant Pot Vegetable Barley Soup

Baked Beans in Tomato Soup Sauce

Instant Pot Poached Eggs

Veggie Lentil Loaf

Easy Trail Mix Granola Bars

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins

More reading:

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