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25 Cheap Foods that are Good for You!

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  • Obviously this is an older blog and grocery prices cannot be expected to remain static. That being said, the types of food listed are probably still fairly relative in price. I did find it interesting to follow the link given for USDA National Retail Report - Fruits and Vegetable. It gives a lot of information about CURRENT prices and also some comparisons with last year. Page 3 starts the section that compares last year and this year and takes 'simple weighted' averages. After you get thru that, page 12 starts regional comparisons for Northeast, Southeast and Midwest, then starting page 23 you get South Central, Southwest and Northwest. The site has some links at the top of the page - could probably find more current reports there. - 3/2/2015 1:29:41 PM
  • 1STCHUBBY
    I don't know where you shop, but the prices in California are way-y-y-y-y higher than the ones you cited. - 2/28/2015 1:24:28 PM
  • CEECEE417
    I only buy wild salmon, grass fed organic beef and organic chicken. After looking at the "dirty dozen" list of foods with the most pesticides, I try and buy organic, when on sale..... apples, celery, carrots, grapes, spinach, salad, kale, potatoes,, etc.. Prices here in Connecticut are very high even for foods that are not organic, unfortunately. If I don't buy organic produce, I soak everything in a white vinegar and water solution and then rinse with cold water before eating / serving. - 2/28/2015 1:16:18 PM
  • Have most of these in my pantry. remember frozen are almost as good as fresh. Just don't cook them to death,
    As far as someone mentioned iceberg lettuce, don't bother, very little nutritional value.
    Go for romaine.
    many of items with lower prices you can find in bulk store areas, or wholesale box stores. The larger quantities , better price.
    yesterday, Winco, large pork roast in the bag, #1.18 lb. medium size quanty , $1.98, small portion. #2.79. - 2/28/2015 11:04:31 AM
  • Good choices. I am not sure why you don't like iceberg lettuce I don't mind it - it is cheaper to buy a head of lettuce (any lettuce) and a tomatoe or other fixings than it is to buy one of those bagged "salads" and probably better for you. - 2/27/2015 9:33:42 PM
  • You really need to update your prices, please. This is Feb/Mar. 2015 and the prices you show are very unrealistic for here in Texas. - 2/27/2015 1:09:34 PM
  • GRATEFULVEG
    These prices are WAAAAAAAY off! Maybe 10 years ago? The food suggestions are pretty solid. - 2/27/2015 11:40:02 AM
  • FESTIE
    I'm in Minnesota. These prices are laughable. Maybe 5 years ago on a 'lowest price ever' sale. Double or triple them for today.
























    - 2/27/2015 10:45:24 AM
  • Noticed that these prices are as of 6/2013. Maybe time to update some of the articles on Sparkpeople. - 2/27/2015 9:40:35 AM
  • sadly prices in Canada are nowhere near the ones posted, but the suggestions are still great! - 2/27/2015 8:42:17 AM
  • I can't say much about the prices as I live in Australia, but as we've just gone through a major problem with contaminated frozen berries from overseas, it might be worthwhile making sure WHERE your frozen goods are coming from and how they are grown before you save a couple of cents in a supposed cost cutting exercise. - 2/27/2015 3:42:37 AM
  • Wow. Maybe I should move to where these prices are. They're about double in my area. - 2/1/2015 11:32:26 PM
  • Thank you for this post, I learned many things I did not know!
    I agree with you regarding the grapes, they are also beneficial for weight loss. I suggest you to watch this video which answers the question: Are grapes good for weight loss?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6l2jaBSBi
    u4 - 11/27/2014 6:34:58 AM
  • In Vermont, these prices can pretty much be doubled. $6 for 3lbs of chicken is almost laughable! Try $16. Grapes that low maybe one week a year, otherwise $3.99/lb. - 9/9/2014 11:20:56 AM
  • Connecticut's prices are much higher than this as of August 2014. chris - 8/30/2014 5:29:50 AM

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