21. Bottled Tea

Bottled Tea

A bottle of store-bought tea can be refreshing and delicious, but bottled teas can have more grams of sugar than a soda or a slice of pie. Instead, try brewing your own tea at home to save your waistline and your money.

20. Tomato-Based Pasta Sauce

Pasta Sauce

A regular jar of tomato sauce can cost you anywhere from $2 to $6, but the equivalent amount of canned tomatoes is sometimes under $1. But to really get your money’s worth (or just eat tasty and healthy sauce), make your own from fresh tomatoes. The easiest way is to put crushed tomatoes into a skillet, stir in some wine or wine vinegar, some sugar, your favorite herbs, and any chopped vegetables you like, such as peppers, onions, and mushrooms. Let it all simmer together for about an hour.

19. Swordfish

Swordfish

Eating fish can be a great and healthy alternative to red meats, especially if you’re trying to watch your cholesterol levels and are trying to consume more omega-3. But often lost in translation is the high levels of mercury found in fish, such as large bottom-feeder fish like tuna, shark, king mackerel, tilefish, and swordfish. Instead, try going for smaller fish such as flounder, catfish, sardines, and salmon.


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