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When it comes to dieting, eating healthier, or trying to put on lean mass, it’s important that your budget grocery list matches your goals!

It’s so satisfying reaching your health and fitness goals and extra satisfying when you reach them without breaking the bank.

We went around some of the grocery stores in our area and scoped out some fit-food-friendly items that can fit any budget and meet any goal.

Keep in mind prices will vary around different parts of the country, but in general these items can be found at a lower cost and are versatile to individual dietary needs.

Proteins

  • 5 Dozen Eggs $7-8
  • 18 ct Eggs $2-3
  • 4ct Light Greek Yogurt $3-4
  • 80% Lean Ground Beef $3.18/lb
  • 48ct Mozarella String Cheese $8
  • 90% Lean Ground Turkey $2.50-$3.00/lb
  • 32oz Bag of Frozen Tilapia Filets $6-7
  • 48oz Bag of Frozen Chicken Breast $6-7

Bulk Grains

  • Penne Pasta $0.98/lb
  • Organic Brown Rice $1.90/lb
  • Wild Rice $3.61/lb
  • Quinoa $1.89/lb
  • Tri-Color Quinoa $2.91/lb
  • Quick Oats $0.69.lb
  • Old Fashioned Oats $0.69/lb

Vegetables

  • Canned Green Beans $0.78-$1.00/can
  • 10lb Bag of Russet Potatoes $3
  • Canned Corn Kernels $0.68-$1.00/can
  • 5lb Bag of Russet Potatoes $2
  • Canned Black Beans $0.67-$1.00/can
  • Bell Peppers $0.48-$1.00 each
  • 24oz Bag of Spinach $4-5
  • 32oz Bag of Fresh Veggie Medley $4-5

Misc

  • Rice Cakes $2-3
  • Bread $2-4
  • 24oz Honey $5-7
  • 32oz Jelly $2
  • 28oz Peanut Butter $3-7
  • Cooking Oil Spray $2-4
  • 48oz Olive Oil $11-15
  • 11.62oz Steak Seasoning $6-7 (this is a VERY versatile seasoning for cooking!)
  • Pasta Sauce $2-5

Other Tips

  • Look for fruit and vegetables in season for lower prices and a varied diet
  • Buy fresh produce and frozen produce – eat the fresh stuff first, then break out the frozen stuff when the fresh items run out
  • Things like cooking oils, dry grains, and dry pastas can be purchased once a month versus once a week – this won’t always be a weekly cost
  • Planning out meals for the week and making a grocery list will help keep your shopping trips focused and help you decrease
  • Eat a solid meal prior to grocery shopping so you minimize impulse buying food that wasn’t on your list
  • Make sure you set aside time to cook and prep your food. This will minimize food being left uncooked and wasted
  • Store brand will generally be a less expensive option and is comparable quality to name brand items
  • Bring your own grocery bags; some stores offer a discount for each bag you use of your own

 

Keep in mind this is not the end-all be-all of grocery shoppings lists.

Hopefully, this list gives you an idea of the different foods you can buy and how they might fit into your budget.

Brand name will affect price, so when working on a smaller budget it can often benefit you to throw the brand name out the window and look for the best value of an item.

Use this list to help you create your budget friendly macro meals and crush some goals!