I'm better off so I can actually buy meat, but I know a lot of my friends suck at buying food from stores.
- Canned stuff is very expensive if you can make it yourself. Dried beans, chickpeas, lentils last a long time. When they get small insects, you can still cook and eat them no problem.
- Beef, read meat is very expensive. Always avoid.
- Chicken and pork is the way to go for meat protein. You want to get the fattiest pork at the cheapest price, which depending where you're from, the fattiest is the cheapest.
- A lot of vegetables don't last long, you want to really avoid throwing away food. Potatoes last, tomatoes don't. Plan accordingly.
- Avoid instant ramen. Shit's not good for you and you're better off cooking something cheaper and more nutritious.
- Avoid dishes that are primarily meat, so mix meat with other stuff. Think stir fry, or rice udon, or chickpeas with meat. Space out your meat so it lasts longer.
- Fuck milk, that shit spoils too quickly. Probably not that good for you.
- On that note, avoid all juices. Pure sugar, expensive, not worth it.
- Butter tastes delicious, but burns easily and is expensive compared to other oils. Use wisely.
- Buy spices, itll make cooking the same ingredients less boring.
- Chickpeas are great. Consider making a shit ton, it takes a full day of soaking in water before putting them to cook.
- Lettuce, cabbage and similar vegetables are very low in caloric value but they can also be very cheap and make for good filler to whatever you're cooking. These become ugly rather quick, but they're still good to cook with (unless they're actually rotten).
- This might be ridiculously obvious to some, but expiry dates are more like suggestions to watch out. Trust your nose and your sight. Beware of rotten bread.