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Eating on a budget...what are some cheap easy meals that you make?

im going to start planing meals in hopes of cutting cost. we already use coupons and wal mart matches sales ads so that helps...any other ideas welcome also


Asked by gothmama91 at 3:04 PM on Mar. 19, 2011 in Food & Drink

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  • We eat HEALTHY cheap meals. Turkey chili, homemade cornbread, ham bean soup or bean soup with smoked turkey, homemade burritos made with ground turkey, grilled bone in chicken thighs with rice and green beans, Roasted chicken and root veggies (makes 2 meals for us because we use the leftover chicken to make chicken and dumplings!) If anyone wants recipes let me know.

    Answer by AprilDJC at 3:16 PM on Mar. 19, 2011

  • Ramen, hahaha! Gross! :P

    Sorry I do not have any other ideas. :(

    Answer by Hatsumomo at 3:08 PM on Mar. 19, 2011

  • I do stir-fry, fried rice, turkey chili, Parmesan chicken, soup n sandwiches, chicken fingers (make yourself), broccoli, chicken & rice with cr of mushroom soup (mixed), add cooked hamburger (or smoked sausage) & onion to Mac & cheese (can add peas), meatloaf (use any leftovers in spaghetti sauce)

    Answer by Kimimale at 3:25 PM on Mar. 19, 2011

  • mac n cheese wiht hambereger yummy
    sloppy joes
    chicken an rice
    hamburger helper

    Answer by kylansmommy09 at 3:09 PM on Mar. 19, 2011

  • Tuna with Mac & Cheese and Peas/ Mackerel or Salmon Patties (Mix contents of can with an egg and a column package of crushed saltines. Form into patties. Fry in oil in a skillet.)

    Answer by CoffeeWriter at 6:18 PM on Mar. 19, 2011

  • dried beans and lentils, brown rice, whole grain pasta are healthy ingredient for stretching the grocery budget. Drink water. Stop using paper towels and napkins. Make your own cleaning products.

    I have a ton of recipes that are tasty, healthy, simple, family and budget friendly; send me a message offlist if you would like some.

    Answer by rkoloms at 11:21 AM on Mar. 20, 2011

  • yeah no ramen, i dont want to give my family high blood pressure lol

    Comment by gothmama91 (original poster) at 3:09 PM on Mar. 19, 2011

  • We eat a lot of pasta. Generic boxed pasta and jar of sauce is real cheap and its so easy to fix in the middle of a work week.

    Answer by ABPeterson at 3:16 PM on Mar. 19, 2011

  • Oh and I am on a low fat, low sodium, no dairy diet so the foods above are really healthy! And usually less than $5 per meal for a family of 5 :-)

    Answer by AprilDJC at 3:16 PM on Mar. 19, 2011

  • Spaghetti, homemade soups, cook a chicken and shred it and use it in different meals

    Answer by sstepph at 8:46 AM on Apr. 12, 2011