I can buy a box of spaghetti for $1, and Ramen noodles are less than a penny cheaper per pound. What can I get for the same amount (or less) that is better for us?
Many people struggle on a very tight food budget. The food stamps budget is difficult, you must be thrifty and economical. It has been proven that highly processed foods cost less than nutritionally dense, fresh foods. It is very tempting to grab that $1 package of noodles and chow down on those calories. However, when you buy foods like this you’re not getting as much nutritional value.
Here is a listing of foods, mostly produce, that you can often get for $1 or less per pound. Some of these foods are only available in my area at this price when on sale, and sometimes rarely. Prices vary so widely that any post online can only be a guideline for readers.
These foods are listed by the Nuval™ score. Nuval™ is a nutritional scoring system. There is some controversy with this system. For example whole milk only scores 50. White potatoes score 92, but women on WIC cannot purchase white potatoes with their vouchers. However as a guideline the numbers seem to make sense.
I am not a dietitian, you need to be responsible for your own diet. These are just suggestions.
100 Asparagus On sale around Easter
100 Broccoli On sale
100 Cabbage Green and red
100 Green beans Frozen, fresh on sale in season
100 Napa/Chinese cabbage
100 Oranges On sale in season
100 Spinach Frozen
099 Carrots High in carotenes
099 Daikon radish
099 Greens Kale, mustard, turnip, and collard greens High in vitamins and a good source of fiber
096 Split peas
096 Tomatoes On sale in season
096 Yams/sweet potatoes
093 Beans Canned or dried. Kidney, pinto, navy, black, red, and many more
093 Bulgur wheat
093 Mangoes High in fiber and vitamins A, B6, and C
093 Potatoes White and red
091 Bananas High on potassium
091 Grapes On sale.
091 Oatmeal 39-91 Instant vs Old Fashioned
082 Chickpeas/Garbanzo beans
081 Bok choy
075 Milk 50-100 Whole vs Skim
067 Sweet corn 67-91 Canned vs fresh On sale in season
040 Yogurt 40-81 Flavored vs plain
039 Chicken Whole or various parts, on sale
039 Rice White
033 Eggs High quality protein
031 Turkey On sale especially around holidays including Thanksgiving
030 Pork 25-35 Inexpensive cuts or on sale around Easter
026 Sour cream On sale
022 Peanut butter On sale
I used the prices from my own price book. Prices vary widely based on multiple factors.
We hope you enjoyed Get More Nutritional Bang For Your One Buck – 46 foods that cost as much as Ramen but are better for you