Your Guide to Budget-Friendly Grocery Shopping (Infographic)

Elle Penner, MPH, RD
by Elle Penner, MPH, RD
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Your Guide to Budget-Friendly Grocery Shopping (Infographic)

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 45 of the most affordable and nutritious foods out there. We’ve included the average cost per serving, nutrition highlights and meal ideas for each food, plus tips for stretching your savings even further.

We’ve also put together a handy, budget-friendly shopping list to take with you to the grocery store each week. Be sure to print a copy (or three), and share it with friends!

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About the Author

Elle Penner, MPH, RD
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.


16 responses to “Your Guide to Budget-Friendly Grocery Shopping (Infographic)”

  1. Amy says:

    What’s up with the image of the tub of ‘yogert’? Is it actually spelled that way anywhere on the planet or a really bad typo?

  2. Andrea says:

    Thanks for the great printable list!

  3. Donna Dobie says:

    Not accurate on the pricing. Right now eggs are running 2.99 a dozen for us and going up. That works out to almost .25 per egg not .17 per egg. Same with much of the dairy. Also vegetable and fruit prices vary per season.

  4. Amy Spencer says:

    Thank you for this article. Of course the exact pricing will vary depending on location, but it’s good to see a nice list of budget friendly foods.

  5. priceswarm says:

    You can find the exact pricing of healthy foods in your locality by using apps like PriceSwarm.

  6. Amanda says:

    Thanks for this, looks great!

  7. I like all these suggestions. I would like suggestions on how to combine them into meals / menus for the week. Anybody?

  8. littlesnake says:

    Why are you recommending the low fat options of yogurt and cottage cheese?

  9. imjustsaying says:

    Wheat is not good for you. Neither is soy and you have to watch lentils if you eat them a lot. A lot of the so call “low fat” yogurt is full of sugar. You really have to watch these things. In terms of nutrition, I find some of this information to be outdated in terms of nutrition as compared to evidence-based information that is available today which is more accurate. Not to mention that the pricing is off as well. You’d have to really maintain this to keep the pricing accurate.

    • SRead says:

      Wheat is fine for people who do not have a sensitivity to it. The sugar in low fat, plain yogurt is lactose which is not a concern.

      • chexwarrior says:

        What evidence are you basing the claim that lactose is “not a concern” on? It causes insulin secretion just like sucrose and other sugars, and it can be converted into glycogen just like most other carbohydrates. Both of which impair weight loss and are exactly what the low carb diet seek to avoid. Also while there may be some brands whose low fat yogurt does not add sucrose or HFCS to make up for the lack of fat you have to be careful because many brands do; in order to taste as good as the full fat variant manufacturers of many so called “healthy alternatives” will remove one thing from the “sugar fat salt” triangle and compensate with the other two.

    • Melanie says:

      What’s wrong with eating a lot of lentils?

  10. bwh says:

    Confusing nutritional info on the almonds. This lists 4g fat while the app and most other websites list 14g. That’s quite a difference.

  11. eZeelo says:

    Your blog is very nice thanks for sharing this post..

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