Your Guide to Budget-Friendly Grocery Shopping

by Elle Penner, MPH, RD
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Contrary to popular belief, eating well doesn’t have to break the bank. There are plenty of nutritious, budget-friendly foods in the supermarket, but with so many options and prices to compare, finding them can be a bit of a challenge.

To help you navigate the grocery store while staying within your means, check out this budget-friendly grocery guide, with 54 of the most affordable and nutritious foods out there. We’ve included the average cost per serving, based on data from the USDA and large national grocery chains, although prices do vary by store and location. You’ll also find nutrition highlights and meal ideas for each food, plus tips for stretching your savings even further.

Take inspiration from this list and try these budget-friendly meals that fit any diet.

Originally published April 2016, updated with additional reporting

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About the Author

Elle Penner, MPH, RD

Elle is a nutrition and wellness writer, recipe developer, blogger and nutrition consultant whose favorite things include her camera, carbs and quality time with her toddler. For more from this busy mama, check out Elle’s lifestyle blog or connect with her on Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook.


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