9 Pricey Foods to Stop Buying (and What to Buy Instead)
Quality ingredients are usually worth the price, but sometimes you can get away with cutting corners. Here's how.
Berries: Consider How You'll Use Them
A recent bulletin from the USDA about the price Americans pay for fruits and vegetables (analyzed here by National Geographic
) ranks blackberries and raspberries at the top of the list. They cost $3.94 and $3.87 per pound, respectively. For budget-friendly alternatives, it depends on how you're using the fruit: To fill a tart, go with apples (they average 83 cents per pound). To serve with shortcake and whipped cream, try peaches, which run about 97 cents per pound. If you just want a sweet-tart fruit to top your breakfast cereal, plums ($1.16 per pound) or strawberries ($1.47 per pound) are less-pricey options.
Switch and save:
$2.50 to $3 per pound