Saving Money While Eating Healthy

John Crowley
By John CrowleyCA Latest Reply 2009-09-11 19:05:46 -0500
Started 2009-08-27 15:32:18 -0500

I ran across this very interesting link the other day. It is from the US government and lists the most common vegetables sold in the US along with their per pound price. If the vegetable is sold in different states/packaging (i.e., frozen, fresh, canned) it also breaks down the costs for those.

Some of the interesting things I learned were:

Asparagus is very pricey at $0.70 per serving for fresh. You're much better off getting your vitamin A, potassium, and fiber from broccoli at $0.11 per serving.

Not only is cabbage rich in nutrients and low in carbs, it is the least expensive vegetable identified in the survey at $.04 per serving.

Although Romaine lettuce is more expensive than iceberg lettuce on a per pound basis, when comparing cost per serving they come out at the same $.15 per serving. But with Romaine, you get a much larger amount of vitamins and minerals.

Unfortunately, potatoes are also one of the least expensive vegetables in the survey at only $.06 per serving. This makes them tempting particularly to those who are on a limited income. But stick with the fresh green leafy vegetables.

Here's the link so that you can check out the breakdowns too.

Do you have any tips for saving money while eating healthy?

6 replies

Saxy Granny
Saxy Granny 2009-09-11 19:05:46 -0500 Report

The way to save money on food is to LEARN TO COOK. Prepared foods are much too expensive and are full of things that are bad for you. If you compare the price of the fresh vegetables to the price of prepared foods you will see that it's the prepared stuff that is really expensive. Also there is nothing wrong with frozen veggies. If you cook from scratch you can control sugars and other carbs, fats, sodium, whatever. I just made a sugar-free fat-free birthday cake. From scratch, of course.

Rawline 2009-08-29 18:44:45 -0500 Report

Thanks for the info. I am sure it is beneficial. Cabbage is one of the vegetables I love so that really made me feel good. One of the ways I save money is to not have meat a day or two a week and increase the veggies and milk.

MacGranny 2009-08-28 14:58:35 -0500 Report

Yes, I am trying to eat healthier but find it can be very expensive. Wish we in NC a place to get free vegetables.

Antique-Dave 2009-08-28 09:20:28 -0500 Report

We keep a pantry, when something goes on sale that we use I stock up on it. Look at it this way if something you use regularly goes on sale for BOGO its 100% saving, if you were to invest that same dollar in a savings account or money market you are going to get a 2% return.

So we stock up, as long as you consistently buy even a couple extra things each week it doesn't take long before you have a stocked pantry and then you can wait for the sales rather then paying full price each week.

We now have 2 freezers and are freezing what we can from the garden and from the close dated bin at the supermarket, and we can which is more important now as I can control the sugar content.

Our food dehydrator has seen its last hurrah, its 29 years old so its time for a new one and we'll start drying what we can again.

hbkunkel 2009-08-27 16:03:00 -0500 Report

I will definitely check out the website; We go to various farm markets to buy our produce all the time. The vegetables and fruits by the Amish farmers are usually very good so I go ahead and buy them while in season. Thanks for the info.

Celia - 38478
Celia - 38478 2009-08-27 15:51:10 -0500 Report

I haven't gone to the link yet, but I sure will. I get some of my vegetables from a free farmers market. I feel very lucky to have this in my community. About 167 families are benefitting from this. Anyone is welcome to come. I will check out the link and let you know what I think. Thanks.

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