Here’s some of the typical basics:
Cereal • Cereal is always on sale. Keep looking down the isle, you’ll find a box for $2.50 or less most anywhere here in Eugene, I promise.
Noodles • Don’t make me end the nameless things you can do with them.
Blocks of cheddar cheese • if you wait until they’re on sale you can find them for $5 or $6 here in Eugene.
Frozen Fruit • seriously go to Winco for things like this. Why would you go anywhere else? But if for some silly reason you can’t go (like you don’t have a car….like me) then Market of Choice actually has a great selection of locally frozen cheap fruit.
Bananas• They’re usually pretty cheap.
Yogurt • Save yourself some money, get the big tub.
Popcorn • Get the kernels, they’re cheaper and healthier and you can add real butter.
And then there’s these too:
Garlic • Garlic is super cheap and can add lots of flavor to otherwise boring food. Case and point: saute and add to mashed potatoes.
Potatoes • So many great options with these, broccoli cheese potatoes, twice baked potatoes, bacon cheese potatoes, potato soup. And you can get a whole bag for just over a dollar!
Sweet Potatoes • More healthy than russet potatoes, great for mashing or roasting.
Boil-in-a-bag rice • You’ll spend a bit more money but you’ll thank me on the clean up. Dishes 88% easier (hey, you still have to do them).
Salad shrimp • Often you can find them super cheap.
Fresh Pico de Gallo • We both know you’re too lazy to make it yourself. But hey, pick up some fresh pico in the produce section, it’s loaded with fresh fruits and veggies and even though it’s a little spendy it’s a great snack!
Baby Spinach • Buy the big huge tub. Yeah, it costs like $4 but it will last you all week and you can do whatever you want with it, saute it, boil it, maybe even make a salad with that shrimp of yours.
Cheap Foods is part of I Love My Ducklings, a series of food-related posts dedicated to the incoming ducks at UO & fellow ducks moving off campus.