6. Stick to basics and weigh your options.
Oatmeal, beans, whole grain pastas, and whole grain rice are easy to cook, full of protein, and among the cheapest foods at the store.
But double check prices at the bulk bins, says Salsbury, which people assume are cheaper than prepackaged versions.
A quick price comparison sometimes reveals otherwise, and “notice that they put the scales at either end,” Salsbury says.
“You just keep putting scoops of stuff in a bag and assume that you’ve got enough.” If you’re not weighing it, you could be buying more than you need.