10 Really Cheap Foods that Are Also Really Nutritious

Keeping the grocery bill low is a challenge. It seems like this is especially true when I’m trying to purchase nutritious foods for my family.

However, the reality is that healthy foods aren’t always expensive. By purchasing several unprocessed or minimally processed foods and cooking with them at home, we can save a lot of money and feed our families some of the healthiest foods that are available in local stores. Here are 10 of these foods:

Healthy foods aren’t always expensive! Here are ten low-cost foods that are incredibly nutritious.

Which of these foods are staples in your home? What other foods do you purchase that are low in cost, but high in nutrients?

Shared at the following:

Coffee and Conversation, Blogger Spotlight, Friday Frivolity, and Healthy Living.









  1. We take it a step farther and buy tomato puree then make our own spaghetti sauce. It’s crazy how much sugar is added to the already made stuff! #coffeeandconversation

    • Hi Julie,
      Good point about the sugar!
      We LOVE homemade spaghetti sauce. I made some last year with produce from my garden (you can see the recipe here) and we enjoyed it so much.

  2. Same here with the spaghetti sauce. I don’t eat anything with refined sugar so I always make my own.

    • You and Julie have made a great point, Roseann. I definitely prefer the flavor of my homemade sauce, anyway!
      I will say, though, that for individuals who don’t have time to make a homemade sauce or simply prefer not to, having a jarred spaghetti sauce over whole grain pasta is a better option than many other low-cost foods (food from the dollar menu at a fast food restaurant, hot dogs, budget TV dinners, etc.).

  3. Great tips. I usually make my own homemade yogurt from raw milk and we buy our eggs from a locally. I always feel its best to buy local harvest when possible and it usually is cheaper too than from a conventional grocery store. Thanks for sharing these great tips for healthy and frugal eating. Sharing on twitter & pinning. Have a healthy happy & blessed day. Visiting from Healthy Living Link up.

    • I’ve been wanting to make homemade yogurt for a while, Marla, but I’m afraid I’ll ruin it! Perhaps one of these days I’ll give it at try.
      Local purchases are a great way to save money (and get fresh, nutritious foods while supporting the local economy). We love farmer’s markets!

  4. Good highlights of some great foods… and there is so much that can be done with such foods also… such a variety of ways to use them. 🙂

    • Yes, they are very versatile, which is helpful because you can still have a lot of variety in your meals.

  5. Featuring you for tonight’s party! Thank you so much for sharing this with us. Cheap and healthy..win-win for everybody! Hope to see you again 🙂 #healthylivinglinkparty

  6. This was a great list! Thanks for sharing it with us at #FridayFrivolity — I chose your post as my next feature!

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