4. Grains

Timesaving Grain: Microwavable Brown Rice
Microwavable brown rice cooks in about 90 seconds, so you don’t have to worry about time-consuming boiling. A whole grain, brown rice is full of antioxidants and fiber.

Cost: About $2 per package.

Money-saving Grain: Puffed Brown Rice
Brand-name cereals cost a fortune at about six to seven dollars a box. Generic puffed brown rice is available in big bags for much less. It's also low in sodium and cholesterol. Eat puffed brown rice on its own or use as a breading or topping. For a delicious treat, make up a batch of healthy Puffed Brown Rice Treats.

Cost: $1.50 per bag.

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