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Lovely black woman and her boyfriend shopping for fruits, checking grocery list on mobile phone at supermarket
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Avocados
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Olives and Olive Oil
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Olives and Olive Oil

Daoud recommends reserving pricey, high-quality olive oil for foods like salads and hummus and buying a cheap bottle for cooking. "You don't need to waste money cooking with expensive olive oil, since you'll never get the flavor you're paying extra money for," he says. As for olives, nutritionist and author Stephanie Pedersen tells her clients to go to a local Middle Eastern grocer and purchase them in jars or vacuum-sealed pouches to save money. 


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Small, Oily Fish
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Small, Oily Fish

Fish like sardines, mackerel, herring, anchovies, and smelt are rich in nutrients and come cheap in cans or jars. "These can be bought in a grocery store or an ethnic grocery store at a much lower cost per serving than fresh fish from your grocer's fish department," Pedersen says.

Paleo- and Keto-Approved Meat
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Paleo- and Keto-Approved Meat

Buying less common and less expensive varieties of meat is another way to keep your budget lean. "Organ meats such as liver, tongue, heart, sweetbreads, tripe, and kidneys are a popular food in the keto and paleo diets," says Pederson, author of "Keto Lunches." "High-quality organ meats are protein-packed and much cheaper than higher-quality cuts of beef and chicken." 

Eggs
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Eggs

For everyday meals and baked goods where the flavor of an egg is not perceptible, it's not worth shelling out for pricey eggs. "I love the idea of free-range, organic eggs, but I know they can be expensive," Pederson says. "I suggest that my clients buy the not-so-popular medium-size eggs. They are often much cheaper than large and extra-large eggs."


Related: 13 Simple Ways to Cook Eggs

Coconut
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Coconut

Whether you want fresh coconut or unsweetened, shredded, dried coconut, get it inexpensively at a market that sells Caribbean or Southeast Asian foods, Pederson says. When it comes to coconut oil, "no need to spend extra on organic," she says. "Few coconut trees are sprayed."  


Related: When Is It Worth Buying Organic? 

Baking Supplies
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Baking Supplies

Expensive dry baking supplies are not required to make a really tasty treat. Premium flour, sugar, baking soda, and baking powder can easily be swapped for store brands and other bargains. For big savings, load up on inexpensive bulk ingredients.

Beans and Other Legumes
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Beans and Other Legumes

Store-brand dried beans and lentils sold in bags are a huge bargain, providing a protein-rich foundation for a meal. Not only do they cost less than canned, they don't go bad and aren't loaded with sodium. Rinse them and prepare according to the instructions. It takes longer, but the result is worth it.

Sparkling Wine for Cocktails
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Oatmeal
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