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How to Make Cheap, Healthy Meals

Updated on May 17, 2011

Hard Times and a Limited Food Budget

A lot of people are feeling the economic crunch. Jobs are slim. The price of food is skyrocketing.

People can barely juggle their bills and now they have to worry about having enough food to put on the table.

If you follow this guide, you can learn to use the funds you have to provide cheap, healthy meals for your family each day.

Learn to Love Whole Wheat Pasta

In lieu of the regular pasta that's on sale, splurge a little on the whole wheat variety. It may cost a little more but it's much healthier for your heart.

You can create an inexpensive dish, such as whole wheat pasta with lentils for less than $3.00 (and feed a family of 6).

Save Vegetable Seeds

If you find a sale on vegetable seeds, purchase a variety you enjoy. Seeds are very inexpensive and you can plant as many or as little as your heart desires.

When you purchase (or save your own) vegetable seeds, you will save money at the grocery store. Hit the aisles searching for what you need the most, but select healthy, tasty vegetables from your garden at home.

Your garden will last you an entire season. Make pasta sauce out of tomatoes and freeze it for the cold months. Learn canning techniques and pickle your favorite beans and root vegetables.

Grocery Shopping Tips at a Time of Economic Uncertainty


Freeze Bread

  • If and when you find bread on sale, take it home and freeze it. When you're running low on bread, take out a frozen loaf and leave it out to defrost. This is a very economical and convenient way of keeping bread in the house.

Stock Up on Canned Goods

  • Look for sales on cases of soups, stocks, canned fruits and beans. You'll save money on the canned goods and you'll have a good supply of food in the house in this time of economic uncertainty.

Clip Coupons

  • Coupon clipping isn't restricted to penny-pinching old ladies. In fact, those old ladies are usually some of the wealthiest people. If you think ahead, you can live a frugal life that's quite enjoyable. The pennies add up. If you save ten dollars on your groceries this week, that's an extra ten dollars that can be used towards bills, gas, or your kid's allowance.

Kick the Junk to the Curb

  • Potato chips, icecream, soft drinks and fast food may sound like a treat, but these things will drain your wallet and your health. If you want to create cheap, healthy meals, eliminate junk food from your diet. The money you save on junk food can be spent on healthy food that will last longer.


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      Melanie Munn 

      8 years ago

      If you don't have a lot of time to prepare nutritious meals every night, try a meal delivery program for your busy nights. They work great for my family.

    • Frieda Babbley profile image

      Frieda Babbley 

      9 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      Great tips. It is extrememly important, especially now, to eat healthy and nutritious, not just filling. You'll think clearer and have better spirits. Thanks for these great ideas!

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      9 years ago

      Great tips, ff. So nice to see a practical mind at work. I have a bread machine and, after the initial investment, it can save you a pile of cash. I have branched out into some 'designer' breads - really healthy, heart smart, and delicious.

      ...and I really love your wide ranging interests

    • futonfraggle profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Thanks for dropping by Suzanne. Great recipe for sweet, wheat bread.

    • justmesuzanne profile image


      9 years ago from Texas

      Great, practical tips! Thanks! :)

      In addition to freezing sale bread, make your own! It's easy, and you can make a loaf of nice whole wheat dinner bread for a buck or so! Much better than anything you'd buy in the store! :)

      Sweet Wheat Bread


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