Although I appreciate this article for the healthy food benefit and feel good knowing that 95% of these items are in my kitchen with the exception of dairy...the prices quoted are from 2009...and food prices have increased & changed so much that I think this article should have been reviewed & possibly updated before putting it out on today's feature...different food item prices vary based on the day to day fluctuations in the market so this article for me was disappointing.
2009?! Yeah, I have to wonder if they're aware that it's 2012 and the prices have gone up dramatically. I love Romain lettuce, but can't afford the stuff unless it's on sale because it always goes bad so quickly.
7/20/2012 3:32:47 AM
not sure about how much I pay for things ..but most of the items are on my monthly shopping list .. I shop aldi's if there is one in your area . great produce at lower then major supermarket prices .. also I buy store brands .. cheaper and just as good ..especially for things like canned tomato products .. also for lentils . but one trick is if you dont have the time to do dried lentils buy the store brand canned ones .. ..and rinse them before cooking that rids some of the salt off them .. then add water .. also look for specials .. as i am in a wheelchair and only shop twice a month i buy lots of frozen veggies .. a bag of kroger frozen onions is only a dollar a 1/3 of a cup added to recipes is only 13 cents and you dont have to chop them of course ..also remember to use the suggested serving size . that makes things inexpensive . .. living alone its easy to have leftovers one trick is too fit your plate . then get the rest ready for the freezer for another day ..
These prices are outrageously high! The tip to getting a good price is to stock up when it's on sale. You can do even better with coupons, too.
This week for example, I got red grapes for $0.99lb and yellow squash for $0.89lb. The latter because it's on sale and in season. (Sticking to what's in season will also help your budget.)
Whole wheat pasta was buy one, get one free this week so I got two boxes at $0.94 a box. Be sure to buy enough to last you 6 weeks because that's the average for sales to rotate through again.
The boneless skinless chicken breasts were also on sale for $1.68lb. Meat sales -- especially at your smaller local chains -- will pop up on average of every 2-4 weeks. Sometimes more.
Also, be sure to check for reduced/discounted meat and produce. These can be marked down anywhere between 25-50% off. Generally, a smaller chain will mark these down right around the time they're due for that week's new truckload to make space for new inventory. Just keep in mind these need to be used or frozen within a day or two of purchase.
Eggs go on sale frequently, too. Be sure to check your weekly circulars for drug stores like Walgreen, CVS, and Rite Aid. All three places tend to mark theirs down as low as $0.99 a dozen. Eggs can be frozen, too, FYI.
As to natural peanut butter, be sure to check the price of peanuts in the shell (and making it yourself) versus the cost of a premade jar. I make my own peanut butter and almond butter. It's fast, much cheaper, and you have total control of what's going into your body. Just keep in mind it needs to be refrigerated because there's no preservatives.
Glad our prices here are cheaper than these in Philly! Of course, they were probably just tallied on one trip, not accounting for sales.
Of course, quality food is the best medicine. I'd rather cut back elsewhere to put the good stuff in my body! But stocking up when things are on sale and using coupons when possible and practical can lower one's budget a good bit.
I agree with other comments that this article is not 100% accurate. Some of the items listed are expensive and add to that even more so when one chooses only strictly Kosher options of the healthy choices. It is not easy to eat a healthy plan when there are financial constraints.
4/30/2012 9:07:17 PM
This is an interesting article, though as a social worker I'm inclined to point out that while many of these items might not be overly expensive, they're still more expensive than their less-healthy counterparts (e.g.: whole wheat pasta v. bleached pasta, natural peanut butter v. processed pb, etc.) meaning it's still important to recognize the trade offs that lower-income individuals have to make in order to make healthy choices.
The tip about mixing in whole wheat pasta with bleached pasta is interesting though. Since it's been my experience that whole wheat takes a little longer to cook, you'd probably have to play with it a little in order to get a consistent texture. Hmm.
I buy quite a few of those foods - but ONLY when they are on sale and usually, when I also have a coupon. Those prices look high to me - way more than I can afford. The selection is great, though. I always shop on the last day of the sale week, if there is a great deal, I take all that are left (not too many usually) and after checking out, I go to customer service for a raincheck - so I can get the sale prices AFTER the sale is over! The first thing I look for is the distressed packages - which are reduced by 70-90%. Then I look for one-day-short-of deadline items, and negotiate for a price reduction, since they can't sell them in a few hours. If you really work at it, you can do it. I HAVE TO - it's not a choice. (Or go back to eating nothing but Ramen noodles, which I did for months at a time - and that was when I gained weight!)
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