Frugal And Filling Foods To Buy When You’re Broke

Obviously, food costs are often among the most budget-consuming monthly costs.

I mean, a girl’s gotta eat, right?

Add to that the cost of feeding a family, and you’re money and your time is likely maxed out. As I recognized this reality shortly after Barnabas and I got married, I knew I had to do something about it.

So, I started a bit of a running list of frugal but filling foods that we could purchase on a regular basis to still eat well (read relatively healthy). Today that list has grown and so has our grocery budget, but I still use this list to help keep our grocery costs as low as possible.


Here is the list of my favorite frugal but filling foods.

Make these the staple of your regular grocery list, and you’ll be able to eat well without breaking the bank.

  • Bananas
  • Apples
  • Carrots
  • Lettuce
  • Onions
  • Tomatoes
  • Peppers
  • Old-Fashioned Oats
  • Eggs
  • Whole Wheat Pasta
  • Tomato Sauce (with the lowest sugar content)
  • Beans
  • Whole Wheat Tortillas
  • Tomato Soup
  • Frozen Green Beans
  • Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread (although I do frequently make our own)
  • Yogurt
  • Boneless Chicken Breast
  • Lean Beef
  • Peanut Butter (natural variety)
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Tea Bags
  • Seasonings (salt, pepper, garlic powder, etc.)
  • Unsalted peanuts
  • Vegetable/Chicken Stock

Eating well can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. If you’re shopping on a budget, stick to this list. You can make a variety of different meals, and won’t feel deprived at all. Plus, you can purchase the majority of these items for under $2 a pound. That’s a great deal and definitely qualifies as a frugal and filling grocery option!

What are your grocery must-haves? Do you have go-to items to keep your grocery budget low?