Short on Cash but Need to Eat??? How About Some “Cheap” Recipes?

Groceries have gotten ridiculously expensive lately.  The grocery budget doesn’t buy anywhere near what it used to.  One option for stretching the grocery budget is to take advantage of coupons, stockpiling and other couponing methods.  You can read about those here.  Another option is to make cheaper meals.  In case you need some help with that, here’s a list of meals that are fairly cheap to make and just might help you stretch your grocery budget.  (The highlighted recipes are on the blog.  The ones marked with an asterisk are available for download at the bottom of this article.)

Canned Tuna

Tuna Casserole* using tuna, cream of mushroom soup & noodles

Easy Tuna Patty Sandwiches on bread

Tuna Salad Sandwich or tuna salad served over lettuce leaves


Egg salad* served on bread or over lettuce leaves

Omlettes* using cheese & diced Buddig Ham

Egg Sandwiches


Crock Pot Potato Soup* or Regular Potato Soup*

Easy Black Bean Soup

Canned Tomato Soup served with grilled cheese sandwiches or cheese quesadillas

Cheddar Cheese Soup* (especially if you’ve gotten shredded cheese on sale and it’s in your freezer)


Spaghetti with sauce*

Lentil Casserole

Chicken a la king*


Homemade pizza (Quick and Easy Homemade Pizza Dough) topped with cheese and diced Buddig Ham

Baked potatoes (don’t forget you can cook them in your crock pot) with whatever toppings you like

Pancakes* & Fried Eggs (especially if you make your pancake mix from scratch)

Cheesy Chicken Pot Pie Cups (these aren’t quite as cheap but they’re still economical)

Cinnamon Toast


What “cheap” meals do you make for your family?

For a copy of the recipes marked with an asterisk, click here:

Recipe Download.


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Born in Kentucky, I am a wife and mom to 1 son and 2 daughters . I have an ink pen obsession, as well as a love for all things planner. I have been married for 10 years to my high school crush. I am a member of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

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2 thoughts on “Short on Cash but Need to Eat??? How About Some “Cheap” Recipes?

  1. Fiesta beans and rice from the Robin 15 minute meal lady on foodnetwork. That’s less than 5 bucks.

    Baked oatmeal (with apples and raisins instead of blueberries) with scrambled eggs is like a 3 dollar meal.

    Most breakfast dishes are cheap. To fancy up french toast, I buy texas toast from the bread store, and it feels like a real treat!!

    quesadillas are a great way to rollover leftovers, and tortillas are cheap for as many meals as you can get out of a 20 pack of them.

    Adding beans to any mexican recipe that calls for a pound of meat, you can usually get away with half the meat by adding a can of black beans.

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