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Five $2 Dinners

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.Frugal Friday Banner
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Breakfast ideas?

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Kyle is a full time frugal wife of Wayneand Mama to 5 adorable children: Peyton (15), Parker (10),Pearson (8), Parson (3) & Providence (3). My hope is to present families with an attainable simplified model of classical education with a Charlotte Mason twist.She likes listening to audio books, watching the kids play sports or piano & doing anything with my husband! She likes to do all of that while having a cup of coffee! You can find her blogging on a regular basis here at Aspired Living, The Curriculum Choice & Womanhood with Purpose.

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Kyle is a full time frugal wife of Wayne and Mama to 5 adorable children: Peyton (15), Parker (10),Pearson (8), Parson (3) & Providence (3). My hope is to present families with an attainable simplified model of classical education with a Charlotte Mason twist.She likes listening to audio books, watching the kids play sports or piano & doing anything with my husband! She likes to do all of that while having a cup of coffee! You can find her blogging on a regular basis here at Aspired Living, The Curriculum Choice & Womanhood with Purpose.

24 thoughts on “Five $2 Dinners

  1. Loving these ideas! 😀 I never really thought of homemade pizza as frugal, but using leftovers for toppings and scant cheese…I like it! 😀

    1. I must admit that unless our budget is tight I am definitely a generous cheese person. But if I need to stretch a dollar I’m not afraid to cut back. Thanks for stopping buy Dolly!

  2. These are awesome ideas. I have a family of 8. We make homemade pizza on a regular basis, but I probably put way more cheese on it. I’ll have to watch that. One frugal meal we love is baked potatoes. I’ll be liking your Facebook page. 🙂 And the names of your children are beautiful. How on earth do you keep Pearson and Parson separate, though? It’s a good thing they are spread apart in age. I would get so confused. 😉

    1. Vickie, I’m going to start doing that with the hot dog buns. We pretty consistently have at least 4-5 buns that end up in the chicken slop and they would make great mini garlic breads!!!

  3. A few years ago I started making pizza at home from scratch. Not only is it easy its cheap….really cheap. I buy in bulk a lot of things so a pizza becomes less then $2 as your goal is. The pizza is way better than any frozen or even delivery

    1. The items listed are what is included in price.I normally serve veggies to my family but in a pinch I will skip them. Additionally, I shop Sam’s for veggies so for a family of 7 I could add veggies for apx. $1. But I don’t normally serve veggies with things like pizza but I do put them on the pizza.

  4. Even though I am only cooking for two, a post on frugal meals couldn’t have popped up at a better time. Thanks for sharing! I’m going to take a look around your site and see what else I can find.

  5. When I’m running low on my food budget my go to is frittata of some sort. Just eggs and leftover veg. I can always make home made soup. I save all the trimmings to my carrots celery onions and bones in our deep freeze so I can always have fresh stock. Beans like you said. Another thing I do is try to make meals in bulk st the beginning of the month to freeze. So when I’m short on time or not wanting to go overbudget at end of the month I can always pull out something in a pinch. Oh. And I learned I can purée lentils and add it to spaghetti or mariners sauce for protein without changin texture.

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