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50 Healthy Foods That Cost Less Than $1 Per Pound

Think it costs more to eat healthy? Savings expert Jeff Yeager begs to differ

  •  Grapes – Store special at 99 cents a pound.
  • Grapefruit – Bake with a little brown sugar on top for a healthy dessert.
  • Lentils – Perhaps the perfect food, healthy, cheap, and versatile for soups, salads, sandwich spreads.
  • Mangoes – High in fiber and vitamins A, B6, and C.
  • Milk – Yep, on a per-pound basis, milk still costs well under $1 a pound.
  • Oatmeal – The good old-fashioned slow-cooking kind, which takes five minutes.
  • Onions – Try baking them whole in a cream sauce.
  • Pasta – Store special @ .89 a pound – I nearly bought them out!
  • Pork – Inexpensive cuts frequently go on sale for 99 cents per pound or less.
  • Potatoes – White, red, and sweet.
  • Pumpkin – Yes, you can eat the same ones you buy as holiday decorations.
  • Rice – White for under $1 a pound. Brown, a little more expensive, but better for you.
  • Rutabagas – Hated them as a kid; can't get enough of them now.
  • Spinach – Frozen - but Popeye doesn't care.
  • Split peas – Add a ham bone and make the ultimate comfort soup.
  • Squash – Acorn, spaghetti, and zucchini—among other kinds.
  • Sweet corn – Canned or fresh on the cob.
  • Tomatoes (canned) – Canned are often better than fresh for cooking. 
  • Turkey – A popular bargain-priced loss-leader around the holidays. In fact, buy an extra bird and freeze it for later.
  • Turnips – Make me think of my grandparents, who always grew them.
  • Yogurt – 8-ounce containers were on sale, two for $1.

Bon appétit! Or should I say, "Bon appe-cheap"?

Jeff Yeager is the author of The Ultimate Cheapskate's Road Map to True Riches and The Cheapskate Next Door. His website is and you can friend him on Facebook at JeffYeagerUltimateCheapskate or follow him on Twitter.

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