45+ Frugal Foods to Stretch Your Grocery Budget

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One of the biggest expenses for most families is their monthly grocery budget. That’s the bad news. But the awesome news is that the food budget is also one of the easiest places to trim your spending in order to find more room in your monthly budget for other things. Check out this list of frugal foods below to help you save money on your grocery budget, month after month.

Even if you are on a rice and beans budget, there are a lot of foods beyond just rice and beans that you can purchase at a great price. 🙂

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Easy Ways to Save Even More on Frugal Foods

There are great ways to make your frugal foods even more budget friendly.

For example, three of my favorite money-saving apps for saving money on groceries are Ibotta, Rakuten (formerly Ebates), and Fetch Rewards (use XGGVM to get 2,000 bonus points when you sign up!). They are an easy way to save money on groceries every time you shop.

For example, you can get $20 just for signing up with Ibotta (probably still my favorite grocery money saving app), and you also get a $20 bonus when you sign up for Rakuten. And you can even stack your savings by using Ibotta, Rakuten, and Fetch all to save money on the same shopping purchases!

You can also save more money when grocery shopping by taking advantage of the sales and discounted items, buying produce in season, buying less expensive cuts of meat, buying generic brands rather than more popular name brands, and more.

You can find tons of ideas for how to slash your food and grocery budget here.

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Frugal Foods to Help You Save Money

When you’re are looking for frugal foods to save money on your grocery bill, these are a great place to start.

Meats and Related Foods

Meat can be one of the biggest budget busters, but you can save a lot by choosing less expensive meats. Here are some of the cheapest meats to buy.

  • Chicken (especially whole chicken and chicken legs, but even boneless, skinless chicken breasts are a good value)
  • Ground turkey (cheaper than ground beef, and better for you, too)
  • Ground beef (this has gotten more expensive over the last couple of years, so try to find it on sale and then stock up by putting it in individual zip-top bags and freezing it)
  • Eggs (a great value, and packed with protein)
  • Beans and lentils (some of the most frugal foods you can buy)
  • Tuna
  • Peanut butter (a great, cheap meat alternative)


Fruits and vegetables can be another budget buster, but you can save a lot of money on produce by buying only (or primarily) items that are in season. Listed here are some of the fruits and veggies that are the best bang for your buck.

  • Bananas
  • Apples (especially red and yellow delicious apples)
  • Oranges
  • Grapes
  • Kiwi
  • Canned tomatoes (sometimes cheaper than fresh tomatoes, if they are not in season)
  • Potatoes
  • Lettuce
  • Carrots
  • Broccoli
  • Onions
  • Salsa
  • Green peppers
  • Frozen vegetables
  • Green salad (generic brands)
  • Squash and zucchini (in late summer and fall, when they are in season)

Dairy Products

Dairy products like specialty cheeses and yogurt can get pretty pricey, but there are also lots of opportunities to find great deals. Here are some of the most budget friendly dairy items.

  • Milk
  • Cheddar, mozzarella, and similar cheeses
  • Yogurt (generic brands in the large containers)
  • Cottage cheese (generic brands in the large containers)
  • Sour cream (generic brands in the large containers)

Grains and Cereals

Next to beans and lentils, grains and cereals are the foods that are perhaps the best value. They are a wonderfully economical food to include as main dishes or in recipes as great, healthy fillers.

Here are some of the best grains for saving money on groceries.

  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Wheat and flour
  • Corn
  • Oatmeal
  • Grits
  • Cream of wheat
  • Breakfast cereal
  • Bread

Snack Foods

The most frugal snack foods, like the most frugal type of any food, is the one you leave on the shelf at the store. 🙂 But when you want to indulge in snack foods, here are some that are pretty cheap to buy. (If you can get them at about 10 cents an ounce or less, you are generally getting a great deal.)

For all of the items below, the generic brand will (nearly always) be cheaper than a name brand.

  • Graham crackers
  • Sandwich cookies
  • Saltine crackers
  • Butter flavored crackers
  • Potato chips
  • Pretzels
  • Popcorn
  • Gummy bears and gummy worms (generally much cheaper than the [usually not any healthier] fruit snacks)

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Conclusion: Frugal Foods Are a Great Way to Save Big on Your Grocery Budget

You can buy a lot of groceries on a tight budget by buying foods that are primarily from the list of frugal foods above.

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What are your favorite frugal foods? What items would you add to this list? Leave a comment below and let me know; I would love to hear your ideas!

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