5 Cheap Staple Foods Everyone Should Be Buying

Cheap Staple Foods

For many people, the weekly grocery bill is one area where it’s easy to go over budget. Keep these cheap staple foods on hand and you won’t need extra trips to the store or a stop at the local fast food restaurant. They’re all versatile, easy to find, easy to make and yes…cheap!

Cheap Staple Food #1: Oats

Great on their own at breakfast, oats are whole grain, so they’re filling. You can flavor them almost any way you want. They can also be used in smoothies, baked goods, and even to thicken chili.

 Cheap Staple Food #2: Eggs

They are one of the cheapest forms of protein you can get. Of course they are perfect for breakfast, but they make great lunches and dinners too. Egg salad sandwiches, frittatas, and quiche are popular main dishes. You can even put them in fried rice, soups, and salads.

Cheap Staple Food #3: Beans

They show up on every list of cheap staple foods for a reason. Canned beans are cheap enough, but if you have time to cook them and really need to squeeze your food budget, dried beans are the way to go. The basis of many vegan main dishes, they go with just about everything. Also try them in soups, stews, as a side dish or even in a salad.

Cheap Staple Food #4: Sweet Potatoes

They’re just as versatile as other kinds of potatoes but pack a bigger nutritional punch. You can even use them to make your own potato chips or fries. They also keep well for extended periods of time which helps a lot when you’re trying to stay on budget.

Cheap Staple Food #5: Brown rice

One of the great things about rice is that you can use it to stretch the other foods on your menu. For example, make chili go further by serving it over rice. Or reduce the meat in your favorite recipe and add rice or serve it as a side. It’s still a good source of protein so you can skimp a little on more expensive meat.

**Bonus Buy: Chicken – Bone-in cuts or a whole chicken are cheaper and if you use the bones to make broth for soup you get an extra meal. It’s the ultimate budget-friendly food.

Everyone has money challenges from time to time, but keeping these cheap staple foods on hand can help keep your grocery bill in check.

Before your next trip to the grocery store, you should also check out the 3 easy crockpot meals we shared recently.


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