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CHEAP and EASY dinner ideas

Posted by on Aug. 7, 2010 at 5:40 PM
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We are pretty broke this week and had to cut our food money down a bit. I need some cheap recipes please. There are usually 5 of us sometimes 7 though.

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by on Aug. 7, 2010 at 5:40 PM
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Sparkyfire
by on Aug. 7, 2010 at 5:44 PM

hamburger helper. but double up.

4.00 for 2 hambuger helpers (give or take change depending on where you shop)

1.24 for milk (wont need it all)

5.00 for 2 pounds ground beef

2.00 for bread

1.88 for 2 cans greenbeans (cheep version)

thats how much it is here for me to make a huge meal liek that

Sparkyfire
by on Aug. 7, 2010 at 5:47 PM

also I have TONS of recipes for huge meals on tiny budgets!

miller060905
by on Aug. 7, 2010 at 5:48 PM

any kind of casarole is usually pretty cheap

jbirchard
by on Aug. 7, 2010 at 5:50 PM

 I belong to a cheap and easy recipe group on cm, check it out.

MoMMYoFGJH
by on Aug. 7, 2010 at 5:53 PM


Quoting Sparkyfire:

hamburger helper. but double up.

4.00 for 2 hambuger helpers (give or take change depending on where you shop)

1.24 for milk (wont need it all)

5.00 for 2 pounds ground beef

2.00 for bread

1.88 for 2 cans greenbeans (cheep version)

thats how much it is here for me to make a huge meal liek that


I was gonna suggest hh!! they have a chicken fried rice one that is DELICIOUS!! and we eat the cheeseburger mac one and the tomato basil one..

then sgetti is pretty inexpensive.

and I make a chicken broc mac and cheese.. just get the family size velveeta and shells.. frozen brocolli and chicken breast.. cook it all seperate and mix together.. pretty good..

and you can get bow tie noodles with alfredo sauce add some chives.. cook and mix that together and then add chicken breast with some spice ((I use a little cayenne and some mccormicks cajun spice))  ta dah chicken pasta!!

those are the only ones I can think of off the top of my head.. we use ground turkey instead of ham meat though.. and chicken breast is normally pretty inexpensive.. we get ours from the grocery outlet kind of places.. they have the best deals

MoMMYoFGJH
by on Aug. 7, 2010 at 5:56 PM

oh and stuff for tacos and nachos is cheap!! and the kids LOVE them cause they get to put them together.. and OMGOSH pigs in blankets!! *thinks we haven't had those in forever!! on the grocery list they go* and just serve them with french fries, tator tots.. or whatever..

Sparkyfire
by on Aug. 7, 2010 at 5:58 PM

lol i get good deals cause I have a homeland card. it helps me get stuff cheeeeeper

Quoting MoMMYoFGJH:


Quoting Sparkyfire:

hamburger helper. but double up.

4.00 for 2 hambuger helpers (give or take change depending on where you shop)

1.24 for milk (wont need it all)

5.00 for 2 pounds ground beef

2.00 for bread

1.88 for 2 cans greenbeans (cheep version)

thats how much it is here for me to make a huge meal liek that


I was gonna suggest hh!! they have a chicken fried rice one that is DELICIOUS!! and we eat the cheeseburger mac one and the tomato basil one..

then sgetti is pretty inexpensive.

and I make a chicken broc mac and cheese.. just get the family size velveeta and shells.. frozen brocolli and chicken breast.. cook it all seperate and mix together.. pretty good..

and you can get bow tie noodles with alfredo sauce add some chives.. cook and mix that together and then add chicken breast with some spice ((I use a little cayenne and some mccormicks cajun spice))  ta dah chicken pasta!!

those are the only ones I can think of off the top of my head.. we use ground turkey instead of ham meat though.. and chicken breast is normally pretty inexpensive.. we get ours from the grocery outlet kind of places.. they have the best deals


MoMMYoFGJH
by on Aug. 7, 2010 at 6:06 PM

you could always make a big pot of chili!! mmmm

oh and chili dogs.. cans of chili and hot dogs are cheap!!

shawnalmil
by Silver Member on Aug. 7, 2010 at 6:07 PM

try haven a breakfast one night for dinner, pancakes and sausage is pretty cheap, omlets?

spaghetti is super cheap,  tuna helper!!! it calls for 2 cans of tuna per box but  it gets to be too much tuna for me so i use e2 cans for 2 box and its perfect 

baked beans and hotdogs

grilled cheese!

or just a pb and j sandwhich on hot days 

salads?

mommy3378
by on Aug. 7, 2010 at 6:25 PM

I make this

2 cans of walmart brand spaghetti sauce (oinon and garlic kind)

1 box mostaciolli noodles

and 1 bag of monterey jack shredded cheese

and some browned hamburger (depends on how much u like)

doesn't sound like much but its awesome!

also crockpot meals are really cheap and yummy!!!!! 

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