Budget Meal Ideas

Discussion in 'Frugal Living' started by Jacq1292, Oct 30, 2012.

  1. Jacq1292

    Jacq1292 Member

    What are your favorite ideas for budget meals?

    I stock up on Ramen noodles (the ones that come in the block package) and have learned to dress them up and fix them a multitude of ways. Very inexpensive, lightening fast preparation and with a few additions you get a dish that can serve one hearty eater (me) or two sides. I break up and cook the noodles first and drain them. Saute my other ingredients in a little olive oil (peppers, onions, garlic) add the noodles and some salmon or tuna or other meat or veggies and season to taste. (I toss the seasoning packet because it has way too much salt).

    I also stock up on dried beans, especially kidney and pink beans. One bag in the crock pot yields enough to feed a family, so it lasts me for days and I can freeze some. The flat corn tortillas are very inexpensive, about $1.50 for a stack of 50 from my corner store. So I can enjoy the beans over rice, or mash them as a filling for the tortillas. They keep very well and my two dogs (since I'm single) prefer them over canned food when I make them :). You're done ALREADY!
  2. payment proof

    payment proof Well-Known Member

    Buying meat in bulk can also be a money saver. Split it up into smaller portions and freeze it. Also look for two for one sales, other types of sales, and use coupons too.
  3. Kyle Morris

    Kyle Morris New Member

    I sometimes do the grocery, what I usually do it to choose a certain product on sale, brand doesn't matter for me as long as I already tested its quality, of course I prefer the cheaper ones.
  4. Kelsey

    Kelsey New Member

    I buy in bulk, for example at my local store peanut butter goes on sale about every two months. so a buy enough to last untill they go on sale again. This works for all food that doesn't expire quickly. If your not specific about brands you can almost always find coupons for things like paper towels and napkins.
  5. Kelsey

    Kelsey New Member

    I plan my meals off of whats on sale. Lately my family has been loving mac and cheese made with white chedder cheese, noodles, and mushroom soup, bake it in the oven at 400 for 30 minutes. Quick, easy, and tastes so good!
  6. shutterbugjen

    shutterbugjen New Member

    I buy most of my food from Aldi, then whatever they don't have I buy at Mejier, it saves me a lot of money! I have been making some great cheap meals lately that are absolutely delicious!:

    Chicken Quesadilla's:
    Rotissiere Chicken ($5)
    Sour Cream
    Tortilla shells
    Cook them up in a cast iron pan, cut and eat.

    Beef Pot Roast:
    Pre-cut beef for beef stew ($5-$6)
    Beef broth ($.55 at Aldi)
    French Onion soup packet
    Chop the vegetables up, put in crock pot with soup seasoning and beef broth. Brown the meat before putting into crock pot to seal it and keep in the moisture. Throw all in the pot, put on medium heat for about 6 hours or until beef begins to fall apart. Stir throughout the day.

    Beef broccoli stir fry:
    Soy Sauce
    Chopped Garlic
    Red onion
    Rice vinegar
    Soba noodles (buckwheat noodles)
    Petite Filets ($6-$7)
    Frozen broccoli
    Sautee garlic and red onion in pan with rice vinegar and soy sauce. once the onion and garlic are transparent in color through the filets in with the soy sauce and vinegar and cook to your liking (rare, medium rare, well done). Cook soba noodles according to the package instructions. steam broccoli. mix together and enjoy!

    I am very hungry now lol!
  7. Winter

    Winter New Member

    Constantly looking for good ideas, and you guys have some! Thanks!
  8. 4melife

    4melife New Member

    I like rice cereal. Cooked rice with cinnamon, sugar, and milk. It's good hot or cold so put the leftovers in the fridge.
  9. Winter

    Winter New Member

    That sounds good! :)
  10. pizzazz01

    pizzazz01 New Member

    My crock pot is my best friend! After a busy day there is nothing like coming home to a meal that is waiting for you. Pinterest has a TON of cheap crock pot recipes. I find that the staples that I use the most that are inexpensive are Chicken Broth, Canned Chicken, Cream of "Whatever" (Mushroom, Cheddar, Celery...), frozen and canned veggies, pasta, and beans. You will be surprised how far soups will go and they freeze well!
  11. Home Diva

    Home Diva New Member

    Really great budget meal ideas here. Since I love pasta, I stock up on it in various shapes but mostly linguine and penne or ziti. I can tweak to be either plain (olive oil and herbs or cheese) or fancy (with veggies or meat). Quick to cook as well. Although not as quick as ramen. I also do ramen at times.

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