10 Frugal Dinners for When You’re Broke

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It can feel like a challenge to feed your family hearty meals when you are living paycheck to paycheck. Although Ramen is always an option, it’s not exactly a healthy go to.

But fear no more!

Here is a list of hearty and frugal dinners to feed your family when you are pinching pennies.

 

Frugal and Hearty Dinners

1. Bean and Cheese Freezer Burritos

From Graceful Little Honey Bee. 

At roughly $0.55 per serving, you can’t go wrong! These are so simple to make and are great for those days where you don’t have time to cook a full meal. Just pop them into the microwave for a couple minutes and you are good to go!

I like to make 2 sizes, a larger burrito size for the hubby and older kids, and a smaller taco size for the younger kids. There is less wasted food for us that way. You could also pair this with a quick side of frozen veggies for a more complete meal.

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2. Budget Shepherd’s Pie

From Divas on a Dime.

Shepherd’s pie is a great option for a frugal yet hearty meal. Packed full of veggies and frugal ingredients like onions and potatoes.

3. One Pot Chicken and Potatoes

From Let The Baking Begin.

Recipes with chicken thighs are great because you can get them pretty cheap. Add in some potatoes, onions, and carrots and you got yourself a filling meal.

4. Super Simple Beans and Rice

From Graceful Little Honey Bee. 

When I need a frugal meal in a pinch, I generally turn to Mexican cuisine. It is a great way to pack in a bunch of veggies on the cheap! Plus when you go for dried beans, although there is a little more prep involved, it’s so easy to make a substantial meal for a whole family on a budget.

5. Vegetable Soup

From Cooking Classy.

Soup is a classic go-to for a healthy and hearty family meal. A vegetable is an especially frugal type of soup to make because in comparison to meat, they are much more affordable.

6. CopyCat Panera Tuna Salad Sandwich

From Cincy Shopper.

You can’t go wrong with a hearty and filling sandwich. The great thing about sandwiches, or any kind, is you can personalize them with whatever you like!

7. Chicken Fried Rice

From The Recipe Critic.

Rice is always a good frugal staple to keep around the house. So versatile and easy to make. This simple chicken fried rice recipe is a great option for the whole family.

8. Baked Potato Bar

From Moneywise Moms

I absolutely LOVE recipes that can be personalized. With 6 kids, it can be very difficult to find something that everyone likes. This baked potato bar is a great alternative to making tacos. Plus everyone can add whatever they like while also being cheap!

9. Kielbasa and Potato Skillet

From Mom Needs Chocolate.

A delicious blend of juicy kielbasa, soft and chewy potatoes and spicy peppers.

10. Slow Cooker Poor Man’s Stew

From The Magical Slow Cooker.

To finish off the list is a super cheap meal to feed the whole family. I absolutely love a meal that I can toss in a crockpot and forget about!

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Food makes up a lot of our budgets. But what do you do when money is really tight? Here are 10 frugal meals to make when you're broke. frugal meals, frugal meals healthy, frugal meals for four, frugal meals for two, frugal meals for large families, frugal meals and snacks, frugal dinners, frugal dinners families, frugal dinners saving money, frugal dinners for 4, frugal dinners recipes, frugal dinners (vegan)
Food makes up a lot of our budgets. But what do you do when money is really tight? Here are 10 frugal meals to make when you're broke. frugal meals, frugal meals healthy, frugal meals for four, frugal meals for two, frugal meals for large families, frugal meals and snacks, frugal dinners, frugal dinners families, frugal dinners saving money, frugal dinners for 4, frugal dinners recipes, frugal dinners (vegan)
Food makes up a lot of our budgets. But what do you do when money is really tight? Here are 10 frugal meals to make when you're broke. frugal meals, frugal meals healthy, frugal meals for four, frugal meals for two, frugal meals for large families, frugal meals and snacks, frugal dinners, frugal dinners families, frugal dinners saving money, frugal dinners for 4, frugal dinners recipes, frugal dinners (vegan)

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2 Responses

  1. Mmm..number 3 and 7 look yummy! I definitely have to try them! I recently started tracking my expenses and found out me and my fiancee spend $350 a week just on food for us too! I was shocked lol Thanks for these great ideas!

    • Keegan says:

      Thanks for reading Clary! Yes, it’s amazing how quickly food expenses can add up, especially when the kids want to stop somewhere and there are 5 of them eating plus us-easily $75-100! (And that is why I do my best to cook at home!)

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