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Crunchy granola bars: 30 cents each

I debated whether to call this a splurge or not, since granola bars are technically a snack and not a meal. However, we’ve certainly used them as both before in the past, depending on how the week’s budget is shaping up, and I can say they do make a decent grab-and-go lunch when paired with some fruit, so I’m leaving them as is. When B. and I first moved in together he was quite fond of buying Nature Valley granola bars for lunch, but despite some serious comparison shopping, the cheapest we could find them—on sale, at Costco, anywhere—was 50 cents each. Obviously that could not do, so I set out to start making crunchy granola bars from scratch. Even though the Nature Valley ones come two to a package, they’re thinner and smaller than these bars, and markedly less filling. I’ve never felt sated for hours by the Nature Valley bars, but I have by these, which are loaded with fruit, nuts, wheat germ for protein, and mostly honey as a sweetener. Make up a batch and keep them in your fridge for emergencies (that way they stay crisp).

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Spicy tomato crumble: $1.41/serving

This may look like dessert—it is a real crumble, after all, made as one would make a berry crumble—but I assure you it’s all dinner. Light and crunchy, tangy and spicy, it’s equally delicious by itself, as a side dish for meat, or on top of a bowl of pasta. It’s also made completely with pantry ingredients, which means it can be whipped together any time of year, often without even having to go shopping.

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Hot oatmeal “granola” with blueberries and walnuts: 42 cents/serving

For my money, this is the best breakfast you can make for under 50 cents (and I am of the mind that breakfast should never cost more than 50 cents, including coffee).  It’s got it all—fiber, protein, antioxidants—and it’s extremely filling. Try it and your instant eye-rolling at the mention of oatmeal (that is, if you’re one of those people, which is OK, because I used to be) may be in jeopardy.

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