Meals On A Budget

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Meals On A Budget

When money is tight, one of the most difficult things to cut down on is food. After all, everyone needs to eat. Even though creating meals on a budget seems difficult or time-consuming, it doesn’t have to be. There are some inexpensive items you should always have on hand and you will be able to create some great meals out of it.

meals on a budget


This vegetable is very affordable and while most people think of coleslaw when someone mentions cabbage, there are a ton of dishes you can make out of it. Cabbage Lasagna (instead of it’s pricier veggie, zucchini) is absolutely delicious. Simply take your favorite lasagna recipe and substitute the zucchini or pasta for cabbage.

Chicken Thighs

If your family loves chicken dishes, save money by using different cuts. The most popular and expensive cut is chicken breasts. Instead, choose thighs and cash in on the savings! To maximize the money saved, find out when your grocery store does mark-downs and look for the sticker that says “Manager’s Special.”


I love noodles, don’t you? They are perfect for meals on a budget because they are affordable, quick to cook and can be used in so many different ways. You could actually cook some sort of pasta every single night of the week and have a different meal.


Those that prepare meals on a budget know to buy lots of potatoes! They are inexpensive and you can use them in a variety of dishes. My favorite is to make skillets with them. Add diced potatoes and other ingredients like vegetables, eggs, ham, chicken, pretty much whatever you have on hand. Delicious.


An inexpensive staple, rice is one of the food ingredients that should be in your pantry at all times. This affordable ingredient pairs nicely with vegetables, poultry, seafood, meat and even goes really well with pineapple. Those that make meals on a budget know to buy the bags of rice and not the boil-in-a-bag types. The two products have a huge price difference.

Bread or Tortillas

These two products cost little money and can go with a lot of things. Quite often my grocery store gives away french bread at the end of the day. You can use those to make sub sandwiches. Regular sliced bread can be used for a night of grilled cheese sandwiches paired with soup. Make soft tacos or quesadillas with tortillas.

Do you prepare meals on a budget? Which food items are always in your pantry?


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