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What are some of your CHEAP dinner meals?

I need help with some CHEAP dinner meals, I have a 100 to last 2 weeks for groceries, so I'm trying to be creative.. but kind of stumped.. PLEASE HELP!

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Asked by Anonymous at 3:18 PM on Apr. 18, 2011 in Food & Drink

Answers (18)
  • Beans and rice,

    Answer by louise2 at 3:20 PM on Apr. 18, 2011

  • Not sure how cheap it is...but it is good. Take crescent rolls and unroll them. Fill them with whatever pizza toppings you like. then roll and bake as required.

    Do you have the staples? Rice, beans, flour, sugar,? What is in your pantry/freezer right now?

    Answer by Shaken1976 at 3:20 PM on Apr. 18, 2011

  • grilled cheese w/ soup, hamburger helper, Chili

    Answer by L0vingMy3Girls at 3:21 PM on Apr. 18, 2011

  • Breakfast - get a box of bisquick, a couple dozen eggs, some hashbrowns, some fruit - from that you can make 3 meals, pancakes or waffles & fruit - eggs, hashbrowns, fruit - eggs, biscuits, fruit.

    Dried beans - beans & rice, meatless chili, white chili, other bean dishes.

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:21 PM on Apr. 18, 2011

  • Some kind of soups. Soups always last a few days around here.

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:21 PM on Apr. 18, 2011

  • soups tipically are good. its not much money and it goes aways

    Answer by Cherries12 at 3:22 PM on Apr. 18, 2011

  • breakfast for dinner: eggs w/ cheese, toast and whatever fruit is in season. Like $8 bucks and could feed 4-5 people.
    Quick and Easy Fettuccine- melt one brick of cream cheese into about 1/2 cup of milk add garlic salt and about 1/4 cup Parmesan and broccoli or spinach and serve over pasta (Makes enough sauce for a whole box so depending on family size 2 meals) $6-7 dollars for 1-2 meals
    Go meatless- seasoned beans and several veggies with a starch (rice is cheapest) any number of ways to mix this up. $6-8
    Roast a whole chicken serve with veggies and home made rolls then boil the carcass down for stock to make chicken soup just add seasonings rice and veggies. $15 for 2 meal
    Make you own bread, pancakes and muffins you can make them in bulk and freeze
    Eat whats in season.
    Don't buy anything that is priced for convenience, Shred your own cheese, no loaf bread or cheese sticks, frozen waffles...)

    Answer by But_Mommie at 3:30 PM on Apr. 18, 2011

  • meal plan based on ads! Make a list for what you need for all meals. Cross off what you have. Search for coupons for what is on your list! STICK TO YOUR LIST!
    Find local food pantries to see if they can supplement. There are several good ones near me. Just do a quick google search.
    Really meat is your biggest expense so don;t be worried about skipping it and adding an alternate, less expensive protein such as beans, lentils or eggs. With the warm weather growing is good so fresh veggies and fruits are cheap right now! Frozen aren't to bad either!!

    Answer by But_Mommie at 3:34 PM on Apr. 18, 2011

  • cheese is a protein to! so home made mac and cheese can be a main dish!

    Answer by But_Mommie at 3:35 PM on Apr. 18, 2011

  • Where do I even begin? Always have cut up carrots and celery, or cherry tomatoes and cucumber slices. Tomatoe soup and grilled cheese sandwiches. Salmon patties with mashed potatoes or hash browns. Spagetti and meatballs. Meatloaf (or in my house Turkeyloaf) Taco's (can use any kind of meat) Tuna cassarole. Homemade mac & cheese. Pancakes or waffles with sausage links on the side. Hotdogs and pork & bean cassarole (cassolette). Chicken Pot Pie. Spanish rice. OMG - you can make a low cost feast with just about anything! Fried pasta is another great one! Eating on a budget doesn't mean nasty - fill the empty spot - meals. There are tons of creative ways to put together healthy low cost meals. I think this topic might merit a group of it's own - since I'm sure most of us address this challenge daily!

    Answer by mrslabel at 3:49 PM on Apr. 18, 2011

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