I think the point of the article is to point out that healthy eating is not as expensive as sometimes think it is. Yes, the article is from one store and the prices are from 2009 but it really is food for thought. I'm assuming that junk food is much cheaper than these healthy options listed her but you have to look at more than the dollar value of a food. If it is healthy and fills you up its a keeper
I have found that it's cheaper if you make your own peanut butter. It's not hard. Buy the 16oz jar of peanuts when they are on sale for $2 each, or buy the generic peanuts, it's basically the same thing. The bottle of peanut oil is expensive, but you only need 2 tbsp per 16oz of peanuts. Agave nectar to sweeten, again 2 tbsp.
Also I buy the frozen broccoli because it's cheaper. It's the same price per pound, but when you think about it, you are paying for that big stem that ends up in the trash. The broccoli is chopped up so you don't even have to do any work other than steaming it right out of the bag.
The boneless skinless chicken breast at the deli is $2.99lb here. It's more expensive packaged.
Also, I am diabetic so I have to eat sugar free strawberry jam which is very expensive. It's way cheaper to make it myself. 1lb of strawberries chopped up, 1 cup of unsweetened or light white grape juice and 1.5 tbsp of pectin, cook then jar it up (preserve). That makes it $1.50 per jar compared to $4 or $6 depending on the brand.
The more I buy fresh produce and cook from scratch, the lower my grocery bill gets. I'm terrified of canned salmon, but light tuna is usually reasonably priced. I don't use it with mayo, though. I prefer it with a little mustard.
I know this is an older article but I actually liked it and got some good ideas from it like my own homemade tomato soup from canned tomatoes and skim milk. I actually buy and use almost everything on the list except lentils. Haven't gotten around to trying them yet do plan to though. As for the prices and some folks comments, I thank the Lord I live in Georgia because I found most of the prices actually pretty current except chicken breasts which I buy in quantity all the time. I prefer to buy the boneless skinless and I get them on sale regularly for $1.99 and I live in extreme NE GA. I only have a choice of Ingles or Walmart for groceries! Grapes, I usually pay $1.99 lb. I also have to comment on the long list commentary by Sunshine65. Why even bother if you feel that way about all the healthy foods. Salmon in a can is a staple in my house and was in my mother's. We eat it just like tuna except I even cook it into croqeuttes or patties sometimes but out favorite is salmon salad! You need to try it!
I live in Bethel, AK (which is over 350 miles from the nearest city, Anchorage) and is only accessible by airplane, boat (or you can drive on the river when it's frozen). Even in 2009, these prices were way low. Now, a gallon of milk is $9, a dozen eggs costs $5, bananas and other fruits more than $2.79/pound.
Eating healthy and cheap up here is impossible without having alot of extra money to spend on groceries. Most people, including me, buy food elsewhere and have it shipped which saves money, but the shipping still costs alot.
I guess we all have to realize how different prices can be anywhere in the world.
7/22/2012 10:41:12 PM
wow these prices are kind of high...way more than I pay for any of those things! I buy most of my produce these days from the 99 cent store, or when they're on sale at my regular stores. It's funny what they consider "cheap"... 3.50 a lb for chicken breasts? I haven't paid more than 1.69 a lb in years...
7/21/2012 4:12:23 PM
Better options - cook beans from scratch and buy whole chickens to cut up - even cheaper!
The 99 cent store here in Stockton carries produce...you have to be picky but....most of it costs 99.99 cents and so it is easier to eat healthier salads and use dressings because they are selling the same stuff the regular stores are selling for $3 to $4.
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