Tight budget? Trying to cut back on your grocery bill? Googling “cheap food to buy when broke”? I got you friend!
Whether you’re just plain broke or wanting to do better saving money, your grocery budget is a good place to shave off a few dollars.
Today I’m sharing with you my list of the best groceries to buy when you’re broke. I’ll also share some meal ideas and link to some good recipes to make. If you’re feeling the need to tighten your belt a bit, I hope you find this list helpful.
Also, as a quick side note, you’ll notice that most of the things on the list are fairly healthy. It’s not true that you can’t eat healthy on a small budget. You can. 😉
The Best Groceries to Buy When You’re Broke
Note: I’ve found apples and bananas to consistently be the cheapest fruits for me. However, depending on the time of year you can score other fruits for great deals – oranges in the winter, berries in the summer, etc.
Frozen veggies (Generally cheap and as a bonus they won’t go bad in your crisper drawer!) 😉
Onions (You can’t cook without onions!!)
Note: Chicken breasts are not the cheapest cut of chicken but if you stretch them (ie: one chicken breast cut up with tons of veggies for stir fry) they can be quite cost effective.
Whole wheat spaghetti
PB & J
If you have a bit of wiggle room in your budget, add ground beef or ground turkey to your grocery list. This will give you a bit more variety and the ground meat is easily stretched by using it in a simple veggie soup or adding some to your sauce when serving spaghetti.
Simple Meal Ideas
Eggs and toast
Oatmeal or baked oatmeal
Apple with peanut butter
Lunches and Dinners
PB & J sandwiches (Scoffing at this idea? Read this.)
Chicken salad sandwiches
Leftover chicken or tuna on salad
Creamed chicken (add shredded chicken to a simple white sauce, serve on rice or toast)
Chicken soup (make the broth from the leftover chicken carcass, add cooked rice or spaghetti noodles to make it more filling)
White chili (you can use whatever kind of beans you have, just cook them first)
Beans and rice (use this recipe to get perfectly cooked brown rice every time!)
And that’s my list! While not the most glamorous, these are the meals to make and groceries to buy when you’re broke. You may have noticed that cheese is glaringly missing. Since it’s slightly more expensive it’s definitely something to cut if you’re broke, but if you have a little wiggle room then by all means add it back in. Cheese is basically the best thing ever, am I right? Anyway, that’s kind of a rabbit trail, ha!
What have you found to be the best groceries to buy when you’re broke? Any favorite recipes? Please share!
Looking for more ways to save at the grocery store? Check out this post for 15 ways to save money on groceries! Thanks for reading and I’ll be back with more soon! 🙂