Here are 5 meals tasty meals that I serve to my entire family of 7 for $2. If your cash is low these 5 meals can be whipped together to help you get through a pinch without sacrificing good food. These meals are based on having your kitchen stocked with what I would consider normal common staples such as salt, pepper, sugar etc…
The one thing all of these meals have in common is that they are made from scratch which is the key to frugal eating.
- Beans, Rice & Cornbread – No list of frugal dinners would be complete without this frugal dinner staple. Our family eats this once a week to help keep our grocery budget down. Additionally, I make extra beans and freeze them to make homemade refried beans, chili and bean soups.
- Spaghetti in Meat Sauce (add 1/4# of hamburger meat) w/ homemade garlic bread. We can buy french loaf for .89 off of the clearance rack at wal-Mart or for poor mans garlic bread you can use regular sandwich bread. If you purchase bread you will end up just above the $2 mark. Or you can make your own bread which will bring your meal in under the $2 mark. In case you do not know to make homemade garlic simply spread margarine on the bread and sprinkle it with garlic powder or salt.
- Split Pea Soup
- tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic (1 teaspoon dry garlic)
- 1 large onion, finely chopped
- 6 cups water
- 3 Beef Bouillon Cubes
- 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1-1/2 cups dry split peas
- Homemade pizza – You’ll need make your own Frugal Pizza Sauce and Pizza Crust . In order to stay within the $2 limit you can either make a cheese pizza using 1 1/2 cups of cheese. And/Or you can use leftovers as toppings, I often do this on our pizzas and it doesn’t add any cost to the pizza.
- BBQ Chicken & Oven Fries-
- 2#’s of chicken legs & thigh (.59 a pound at Wal-Mart)
- shake on some seasoned salt
- Once the chicken is cooked I put some BBQ sauce on it and let it cook for a few minutes.
- Then make 2 pounds of homemade oven french fries.
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