Digest This: 7 Foods That Can Save You Money
January 2, 2018 | By Mason Roberts
Whether you struggle with money or you’re doing well in that area, it’s always nice to cut down on your spending. Of course, there are certain non-negotiables, like food, that can’t be eliminated. However, you can cut down the amount you spend on food each week.
Reach Your Diet Goals without Reaching for a Title Loan
A title loan can get you out or a financial jam, but it shouldn’t be your go-to for reaching your long-term financial goals.
Here are seven inexpensive foods that can help you save money when you’re frugal with your grocery list.
Buy the Whole Chicken
Carissa Preston recommends buying an entire chicken (rather than parts of it at the deli). Preston, who founded Yum Kettle Corn, LLC and Carissa's Culinary Confections, LLC in 2012, stresses the importance of meal planning and using coupons.
According to recent stats from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average retail food price of chicken (per pound) in the U.S. is $1.46, a $3.50 decrease from the year before.
To top it off, there are countless ways to prepare chicken. Here are some of our favorites.
7 Chicken-Based Dishes:
- Crispy Parmesan Garlic Chicken
- Chicken with Tomato and Rice Salad
- Cajun-Stuffed Chicken Breast
- Avocado Caprese Skillet Chicken
- Chicken, Bacon, and Spinach Spaghetti
- Chicken and Quinoa Minestrone
- Crispy Oven Chicken Fingers
Use Noodles to Pair with Countless Other Meals
Jessica Durhholz, a South Florida resident, goes to Trader Joe's to stock up on noodles and other food staples.
"I'll make a huge batch of spaghetti or something and freeze the rest," she says. "When I wanna eat again, I defrost it and it's ready to go!"
A simple Internet search will produce dozens of delicious results, ranging from Ramen noodles (which you can buy for $0.13/pack) to Asian dishes and zucchini platters.
Since noodles are such a versatile meal staple, you’re very unlikely to get bored.
7 Noodle-Based Dishes:
- Teriyaki Noodles
- Chicken Noodle Casserole
- Thai Peanut Noodle Stir-Fry
- Beef Stroganoff
- Noodles with Seared Ahi Tuna
- Zucchini Alfredo
- Classic Chicken Noodle Soup
Beans Go with More Than You Think
Bonnie Grove from Florida suggests buying beans, which she says you can get for $1 a can or less. Grove uses beans to put on top of pasta, salads, quinoa and more.
7 Bean-Based Dishes:
- Black Bean Soup
- Slow-Cooker Black Bean Enchiladas
- Taco Salad
- Squash, Chickpea & Red Lentil Stew
- Classic Barbecue Beans
- Black Bean Quesadillas
- Sweet Potato & Black Bean Chili
Rice Goes Well with Anything
Not only does rice go well with beans, but it also complements plenty of other meals and is quite affordable.
The BLS lists the average retail food price of rice (per pound) at $0.69, which means it can go a long way in complimenting plenty of meals.
7 Rice-Based Dishes:
- Southwest Chicken Rice Bowl
- Shrimp and Pest-Rice Salad
- Slow-Cooker Red Beans and Rice
- Chicken Fried Rice
- Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
- Skillet Sausage and Rice
- Brown Rice and Vegetables
Get Potatoes for an Endless Supply of Side Dishes
Not only are these inexpensive (at $0.70 per pound), but a quick Internet search will produce at least 40 potato side-dish recipes. Here are a few guaranteed to spice up this culinary staple.
7 Potato-Based Dishes:
- Mashed Baked Potatoes with Chives
- Slow-Fried French Fries
- Hash Browns
- Potato-Leek Soup with Toasted Nuts and Seeds
- Rosemary Roasted Potatoes
- Scalloped Potatoes with Caramelized Fennel
- Crispy Potato Skins
Oatmeal Can Create Several Breakfast Options and Plenty of Healthy Sweet Treats
Stephanie Lateulade, a communications director and childcare coordinator, recommends oatmeal because it can be used in several ways.
“I’ve used it for regular oatmeal, overnight oats, breakfast cookies, and ground it for oat flour in muffins and smoothies,” she says.
For $4.88 at Wal-Mart, you can get the 20 pack of Quaker Flavor Variety Instant Oatmeal (which contain 1.51 oz. packets, or 30.2 ounces of oatmeal), or you can spend $2.48 on 42 ounces of the generic Great Value Quick Oats brand.
7 Oatmeal-Based Dishes:
- Slow-Cooker Apple Cranberry Oatmeal
- Strawberry Oatmeal Breakfast Smoothie
- Cinnamon Roll Overnight Oats
- Roasted Banana Chai-Baked Oatmeal
- Slower Cooker Chocolate Cherry Steel-Cut Oatmeal
- Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins
- Classic Oatmeal Cookies
Stock Up on Eggs - They Go Great with Everything
Is there anything you can’t put eggs in? Consider buying eggs in bulk to cook a lot of healthy meals, like these.
7 Egg-Based Dishes:
- Basic Cheese Quiche
- Cornmeal Crepes with Sausage
- Bacon and Egg Breakfast Grilled Cheese Sandwich
- Ham and Egg Casserole
- Cheese Grits and Corn Pudding
- Sausage Egg Boats
- Egg-Drop Noodle Soup
Use a Title Loan to Kick Start Your Meal Plan
Just like your health, your financial situation impact so many aspects of your life. Whether you feel overwhelmed by how much money you don’t have, or you’re stressed out about some big, upcoming expenses, there are other ways to get the help you need.
Find out what the experts have to say about how to create financial stability.
If you’ve got a financial emergency that just can’t wait, you can always get a title loan from a reliable lender near you.
It may provide a helpful reserve in times of emergency to ease your financial burden, and even those with bad credit could qualify. Eligible candidates simply exchange their lien-free car title for a loan up to $15,000 in same-day cash.
This fast access to emergency funds is designed to help you get ahead when times are tough.
It’s important to research all your title loan options and to be diligent about paying back what you owe. And of course, only take out what you can pay back later.
In order to achieve a healthy balance in all areas of your life, whether it’s concerning food or money, be sure to put serious thought into how you can best save for your future.