Tough economic situations can strike without notice, and there’s no avoiding them. When your monthly budget shrinks significantly and you need to figure out what’s for dinner, this is where things can get tricky. For anyone with a limited food budget, grocery shopping can be very challenging. Figuring out what gets you the best bang for your buck and planning meals weeks ahead can be tiring, not to mention time-consuming. Instead of thinking about foods you can’t buy on your budget, here are 10 foods you should add to your grocery list.
10. Frozen Vegetables
“You should absolutely be buying store-brand frozen vegetables,” said Jennie Hirsch, the executive assistant at Foodshare, a food bank maximizing access to food resources in Connecticut’s Hartford and Tolland counties. “You get more for your dollar than you do with fresh, but more nutrition than if you buy canned. Mix in some frozen veggies to any meal to stretch it a little further.”
9. Rotisserie Chicken
Rotisserie chicken is incredibly inexpensive and versatile to eat with almost anything. A whole cooked chicken can cost less than the sum of its parts and can be used in a number of meals. Whether you shred it or eat it as is, a chicken can go a long way.