7 foods to buy when you're broke

If you’re confined to a strict food budget, you should consider green vegetables, brown rice or beans.

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Mar 11, 2014 7:10AM
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From someone who has been very, very poor with no assistance let me help this article out. Some of the things listed were correct-brown rice, potatoes, frozen (and canned!) veggies and (dried) beans. The others, no. Fresh green veggies are expensive (go for onions, carrots and bananas-much cheaper and can be paired with lots of other items) and I like how they add to just put olive oil on it, because that's not expensive at all. *eye roll* Protein bars? No way, not only will you more than likely not be satisfied at one, but that is a lot of $$ for that one little bar. Buy a tub of plain oatmeal, the real stuff not instant. You can get around 40 odd ounces for around $4. So two 2 oz protein bars for $4 or 40 oz of oatmeal for $4? Hmmmmmm. Also buy eggs. Great for protein and a dozen only costs around $2. Eat one a day. Buy the cheap bread loaves that are $1 each-sandwiches are your friend. You can buy cheap $1 store brand American pre-sliced cheese (around 16 slices or so), because if you're not getting the real stuff all that processed American cheese slices are made the same-just different prices and brands stuck on them, so go cheap. Same for bologna. The bread, bologna and cheese are a cheap lunch solution that have enough in each package to last you two weeks (the next pay check hopefully), one for each day. Buy the big tubs of yogurt. Store brand again (just as good unless you eat Greek only). A tub costs around $2-$3 and you get about 32 oz. Don't buy the individuals that have 4 oz and cost a $1 each. This is great to get a little dairy in you. Canned tuna is also a great find. Get the actual canned tuna and not the stuff in packs-you get less and pay more. A can of tuna is usually less than a $1. If you're mixing it in with rice you can get away with only using half a can per meal, but using the whole thing isn't bad either. Its good to remember to buy basics that can be added to other things you are buying. The more ways you can use one item the better its value. Finally buy the 12 pack of Ramen for around $2. It has almost zero nutrition, but it will fill your belly up. Just make sure it's not a main stay in your diet and you only eat it when you are really hungry that day and need a little extra or are a little short on other foods. And that is how you eat super cheap on a budget and not be malnourished. Your welcome MSN.
Mar 11, 2014 12:41AM
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We live on a cash budget of $200 every 2 weeks and I feed a family of 6 people and we eat well.  It is because I don't buy much processed food.  When I stand in line behind someone using food stamps or other welfare means, those people are buying more expensive food items then me and more junky food as well.  So if I got $632 a month I would feel like a queen.  Believe me with the price of milk and cheese and even eggs going up this has hit my budget hard.  But you can do it - watch mark down and buy only things on sale.  People who are given money for their food don't spend wisely.
Mar 10, 2014 8:29PM
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At two bucks a pop protein bars are too expensive, when one is trying to make the food budget stretch. So, cross that off your list.
Mar 10, 2014 9:55PM
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    Just be sure not to buy any lobster or filet mignon. Those kinds of foods are reserved for our elected politicians! Democrat/Republican, it's all the same. As long as we're busy arguing with each other, we won't see reality.
Mar 11, 2014 12:51AM
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The Italians who emigrated a century  or so ago had their own budget meals.  Instead of rice and beans they had pasta and beans.  They also had pasta with peas, pasta with lentils; all these dishes were complete proteins.  Then there was pasta with potatoes.  When bitter greens were cheap, they had escarole with beans.  Somehow they managed foods like these into tasty dishes.  They also made frittatas, omelets with vegetables.  Anything you have hanging around will do.  There are a lot of ways to eat very inexpensively.
Mar 11, 2014 9:16AM
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Please, not another sob story about SNAP recipients.  Half the people using their EBT (Electronic Balance Transfer) card at my grocery store are buying more food than I am, and they look able-bodied enough to me to be working.  Must be nice to just swipe your card and walk out the door with a cart full of groceries you didn't pay for.
Mar 11, 2014 2:42AM
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all of you are missing the point! that being, that the political leadership has for the last 50 years, or more, been spending our tax dollars by the billions on foreign soil, and not  putting it to use in this country for its own!  Foreign policy needs to be changed, it is not my wish to give away money in other countries when babies here are hungry and need shelter and medical care.  Our policy should be, if our own are cared for and our infrastructure is sound then maybe we can help.  Until then the rich who can afford to and have reason or want to can give all the aid they want to in the names of those they want, or causes they want to help.  I pay my taxes to insure my house is in order, I expect My government to spend My tax dollars on me and mine.  Look to the Bush's if you want t throw stones at any of the recent Presidents, they set up those who followed with a nightmare! I spent 2 years in Viet Nam and learned first hand what this government is willing to sacrifice of its resources, including individuals, to make its political stance known throughout the world.  I saw the fabrication IN FACTS AND FIGURES SPEWED OUT BY THE MEDIA TRYING TO JUSTIFY SOMETHING, that wasn't true.  Like the Johnson and Bush fabrications.  Our Country could do a lot in redeeming itself in the eyes of the world, and a lot of the rest of us, if we reduce our military presence outside of our boundaries and bring them home, because we need to collect and fix ourselves before we can be effective in fixing anyone else.
Mar 11, 2014 11:43AM
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I live in Southern California, where food is VERY expensive. I spend 120 dollars a week on groceries.  We eat well and always have food.  If you can't make 632 bucks a month work for 4 people you need help with math and to learn how to stay on a budget.  MSN protein bars?  REALLY? Obviously whoever wrote this has never truly been broke or on a budget. What about chicken, eggs or oatmeal.  Cheap and some how skipped on the list.  When I go to the market and see people paying with food stamps, it doesn't bother me much, all people deserve to eat.  But when I see that people are buying steak, soda, lobster and cheetoes, it pisses me off.  Then when I see them in the parking lot getting in a brand new Suburban, Mercedes or Lexus,  it makes me irate. 
Mar 10, 2014 8:31PM
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"Buy"? If you're truly broke, there is no "buy". The truly broke are eating at the food banks or supermarket dumpsters and living in the shelters or under the overpass. This is not for "broke" people, it's for "nearly broke" people.
Mar 10, 2014 7:48PM
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How did Top Ramen not make this list? I thought that was a given.
Mar 10, 2014 9:29PM
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I cannot afford to buy food. fuel is $4/gal, food went up 200%, lost my job, insurance went up 200%, taxes went up 50%. All these things Oblamer promised us would not happen. What happened to that Utopic Society he promised us!?!?!?!?!?
Mar 10, 2014 10:12PM
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eggs, beans, pasta, raw nuts, in season fruits and veggies, and for a treat eat only organic meat once in awhile.  When you make something make enough for left overs, freeze meals, take lunch and eat at home most of the time.
Mar 10, 2014 10:00PM
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I can have 5 days of spegetti for 4 bucks.
Mar 10, 2014 10:34PM
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Go figure.....at $2 a bar,  X 5 bars a day ( one every three hours)   X 2 people =  $20 X 30 days = $600 . So much for the $400 dollar a month food budget. And that doesn't even include the $3 a can Power pak they consume per day.
Mar 10, 2014 10:00PM
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Top Ramen isn't a food, its a processed food item and doesn't have much nutritional value besides carbs and salt. Hispanics have been living off beans and rice for centuries.
Mar 10, 2014 7:32PM
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Why does MSN write so many articles on being broke and how to save on food costs, does MSN realize what desperate shape this country is in under this president, but yet continue to support him and his policies....
Mar 10, 2014 8:27PM
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Our diet is easy...We just fly around at night,  and grab as many cattle as we want.
Mar 10, 2014 7:50PM
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peanut butter day old bread and ramen noodles is what i live on.
Mar 10, 2014 8:34PM
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When we first got together we were living on Ramen noodle soup and Aldi's bologna and cheese sandwiches.  
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