5 Grocery Store Items That Are Worth the Splurge — Shopping

Confession: I get a rush of adrenaline from finding good grocery store deals. Recently, I stocked up on chips, kettle corn, and other snacks that were 90 percent off at a local imports store. I think I paid 35 cents for the most expensive item!

But while I love a bargain, I'm pretty choosy on what I'll snatch up. In fact, I'm kinda picky when it comes to certain foods that I think are worth the splurge. Here are five ingredients that I am always willing to spend money on at the grocery store.


My Saddest Wastes of Money in 2017 So Far, Ranked — The Financial Diet

Welcome to a column from The Financial Diet, one of our very favorite sites, dedicated to money and everything it touches. One of the best ways to take charge of your financial life is through food and cooking. This column from TFD founders Chelsea Fagan and Lauren Ver Hage will help you be better with money, thanks to the kitchen. A version of this post originally appeared on The Financial Diet.

I've spent a lot of this week taking care of finance-related things in my life. I can generally say I'm proud of where I am with money, especially compared to this time a few years ago. But I still find budgeting on a day-to-day basis to be a challenge — so much so that, when I comb through my spending every few weeks or so, there are always things I regret spending money on.

It is wild to me that, no matter how many times I tell myself not to spend in these areas — heck, no matter how many times I write about it — I still fall into the trap. Every single thing I list here is spending I could have avoided, had I just chosen to be less lazy.

So here are all of my incredibly lame wastes of money from 2017 so far, ranked. They are not all big, necessarily, but as we all know, small purchases can add up, until you realize that your expensive pastry habit is the reason you can't meet your savings goal this month (just me?).


5 Recipes for a Week of Budget-Friendly Lunches — Recipes from The Kitchn

One of the best reasons to pack your own lunch is that it's much easier on your wallet than running out to your favorite fast-casual spot every day at noon. These five recipes are proof of that and then some because they happen to be more budget-friendly than most. They also happen to be extra-satisfying meals you can make at the start of the week, keep in the fridge, and grab when you need them, which means there is no excuse not to try at least one of these recipes this week.


The Best Ways to Save Money on Groceries at Target — Supermarket Savings

Target is awesome for all sorts of things: towels, toiletries, sports bras. It can also be a great place to buy food — especially if you know how (and when) to shop.


How One Woman Eats for $80 a Week in Portland, Oregon — Food Budget Diaries

Welcome to Kitchn's Food Budget Diaries series, where we show you how people around the country spend money on what they eat and drink. Each post will follow one person for one week and will chronicle everything that person consumed and how much it costs them.

Name: Morgan
Location: Portland, Oregon
Age: 29
Number of people in family: 1 (I have a roommate, but we don't share expenses)
Occupation: Volunteer coordinator for a local animal shelter
Household income: $50,000
Weekly food budget: $80 ($60 for groceries and $20 for meals out)


18 Budget-Friendly Meals to Add to Your Meal Plan — Recipes from The Kitchn

While the focus of my meal plan might shift a little from week to week, the overarching idea always stays the same: easy dinners that embrace the season without totally killing my food budget for the week. Right now, during the hottest days of summer, I want nothing more than refreshing meals full of summer's best produce that come together with minimal effort.

From crispy chicken thighs with blistered tomatoes and basil to a veggie-packed enchilada casserole, here are 18 budget-friendly dinners to keep in your meal plan for the rest of summer.


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