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8 Nutritious Food Staples for Under $3

By Kelsey Banfield |

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We have all kinds of grocery stores around my neighborhood. I could shop at Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, or a whole assortment of specialty stores any day of the week. I do go to those places for things here and there, but I still find the best deals at my large average grocery store chain. It spans nearly the entire Northeast and there is nothing particularly special about it. It is just where I tend to find the best deals on a whole host of healthy foods. These staples are readily available in most stores, I think, and I hope after reading this you’ll be on the lookout for them. For under $3 per item, you can easily use these staples as a base for meals to create some healthy, budget-friendly menus for your family!

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8 Nutritious Food Staples for Under $3

Bagged Spinach

A 9-ounce bag of spinach is $2.99, sometimes less with a coupon. I use it to make nutritious salads, wilt it as a base for fish, or even add it chopped to soups.
Make a spinach, tangerine, and fennel salad

All prices taken from Peapod.com

Photo Credit: Jaime

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Kelsey Banfield

Kelsey Banfield is the food writer and the founder of The Naptime Chef. She writes a daily food column for Babble Food and her food writing has also appeared in the places like Parents magazine, and Martha Stewart Living. Kelsey lives in southern Connecticut with her husband and daughter. Read bio and latest posts → Read Kelsey's latest posts →

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3 thoughts on “8 Nutritious Food Staples for Under $3

  1. Lynn says:

    Your eggs are 70 cents each!!! That’s over $8 a dozen. Holy crap. We can buy locally farm raised, free range eggs for $4 a dozen in Knoxville, and that is super expensive compared to the store (a deliciousness I indulge in quite a bit, though). That is crazy

  2. Lily Kay says:

    There are a few things here you can get for even cheaper. We get 2 and 1/2 dozen eggs at Costco for around $2.99 (its been just above $3 before and 2 weeks ago it was $2.89) so that’s about $.08 per egg. My kids LOVE eggs and its a great budget friendly protein (I would prefer to buy the organic cage free ones because I feel awful about how badly the hens are treated, but on our zero wiggle room tight budget its just not possible). Tofu is another good one, $1.50 a box for the pink one at Trader Joe’s, my 2 kids will eat about 1/4 pack each per meal. Greek yogurt is great but at $1+ for those small cups its a bit much, Costco sells a pack of two 32oz containers for $6.99 (you get about 11 of those little cups in these two containers, that’s a $4 difference if each 6oz cup is $1 each at the supermarket), its plain but that makes it way more versatile and you can easily flavor it with honey, vanilla extract, etc. (it keeps well too and has so many uses: smoothies, butter substitute, with granola and fruit-yumm, etc.). Costco also sells a 1lb box of organic spinach in the low $4 range. Oh and I live with my MIL in Westchester NY right near Stamford CT. Its one of the most expensive areas in the country so while it isn’t easy, it IS possible to food shop frugally anywhere and still get nutritious things it just takes some shopping around to find the best prices and a good meal plan/shopping list.

  3. Wayne says:

    recipe links don’t work.

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