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21 Cheap Foods To Buy When You’re Broke

If you’re aiming to slash your food spending, consider these affordable and nutritious staples.

Your wallet needs to go on a diet, but that’s tough when food prices keep going up.

The most recent consumer price index report, released on July 13, shows that the food index increased from May to June by 1% and is up 10.4% over the previous year. That’s the largest increase in a year’s time since February 1981.

Climbing food prices can make grocery shopping especially challenging right now. If you want to keep to any reasonable budget, you may have to make some hard choices or buy alternative foods when shopping.

But what should that shopping list have on it? Here’s a shopping list of healthy but relatively cheap foods that you may want to consider putting in your shopping cart.

This post originally appeared at US News.