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How to save money on groceries

Budget-friendly beans and grains

Hit a whole in one: There’s no better budget stretcher than cooking with whole grains. Pearl barley ($.90 a pound), brown rice ($1.15 a pound), and bulgur ($1.76 a pound) are low in fat, high in protein, and
tummy-filling. Combine with meat or veggies to make a little go a long, healthy way.

Try dry: Dried beans, lentils, and split peas are less than $1 a pound and packed with nutrition. Cook up a pot and eat for three nights, turning them into a satisfying, Southern-style meal, Veggie Bean
Burgers, or Pasta e Fagioli.

Do the math: A box of rice pilaf will set you back $2.29 and yield three cups, or one meal. Spend a dollar more on a five-pound bag of rice, and get the equivalent of 50 cooked cups. Mix with onions and chicken
broth for DIY pilaf.

Reprinted with permission of Hearst Communications, Inc. Originally published: How
to Save Money on Groceries

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