Sure, there's the advice to stick to the outside aisles of the supermarket (a.k.a. the produce section) and avoid unnecessary processed goods like the plague. The problem is: Even if you're trying to stick to good-for-you foods, they ain't cheap. According to Jessica Alba and Kate Walsh's nutritionist Kelly LeVeque, you're on the right track by sticking to high-quality meats and organic fruits and veggies, but it all depends where you're shopping.
Arrive Late to the Farmers' Market: For the freshest of local produce at a great price, head to the farmers' market. Want to pinch even more pennies? "Go at 1:30 p.m. (for the last 30 minutes) when most vendors are offering deals (like five vegetables for $5) on all the leftover and slightly bruised produce so they don't have to pack it up and take it back to the farm," suggested the expert.
Make Your Own Condiments: Condiments and prepared foods are a surefire way to jazz up your bland veggie dish, but they're not always healthy. And they can add up cost-wise, too. "If you're looking to save a little dough, whip up your own mayonnaise, nut butters and dressing," suggested Kelly. It's easier and cheaper than you think—and better yet, no processed ingredients.