- Apples – One a day keeps the cheapskate away.
- Bananas – Potassium for pennies.
- Barley – A tasty alternative to rice and potatoes.
- Beans – Canned or dried, there are kidney, pinto, navy, black, red, and many more.
- Bok choy – Steam and serve with a little soy sauce.
- Broccoli – Yes, a store special. Usually closer to $2 per pound.
- Bulgur wheat – Try it in pilaf or in a tabouleh salad.
- Cabbage – Green, red, and napa.
- Carrots – Raw or steamed; rich in carotenes, healthy antioxidants.
- Celery – Stir-fry it for a change.
- Chicken – Whole or various parts, on sale.
- Chickpeas – AKA "garbanzo beans."
- Cornmeal – Polenta is all the rage these days, but I loved it 40 years ago when Mom called it "cornmeal mush."
- Cucumbers – Try peeling, seeding, and steaming with a little butter and salt.
- Daikon radish – My new favorite raw veggie.
- Eggs – Don't overdo them, but eggs provide high-quality protein and still cost about $1 per pound.
- Green beans – Frozen, but fresh are sometimes on sale for under $1 a pound.
- Greens – Kale, mustard, and collard greens are rich in vitamins and a good source of fiber.
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