This week I'm incorporating cheap family dinner ideas that will help us all get dinner on the table without spending a lot of money.
Hamburgers with Homemade Mushroom Sauce, French Bread Pizza and Spaghetti Casserole are just three of the seven recipes featured this week.
With just a few simple steps, your family can enjoy delicious, affordable meals every night.
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Feeding a family can be a challenge some weeks. Especially if you have a very tight budget. But with a little creativity, planning and our Weekly Meal Plan, you can still feed your family this week without spending a lot of money.
If your family is like mine, they don't like having the same recipe over and over again. I think you're going to enjoy trying these new recipes this week. AND there's something new with our meal plan also this week!
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💭What are the cheapest meals for a family
Planning cheap meals for a family doesn't have to be difficult. Try to incorporate simple, inexpensive ingredients into the meal plan all while taking into mind what your family's favorite recipes are.
Don't forget to include staples like beans, rice, and pasta that are nutritious and filling. Look for recipes online or cookbooks with budget-friendly meals that you can use and modify.
Finally, don’t forget about leftovers! This is one of my favorite ways to make a meal go further while helping us save money. they are a great way to make meals go further!
💭How to meal plan on a budget?
Meal planning on a budget can seem daunting but it doesn't have to be! Start by gathering recipes you know your family will enjoy. Then sit down and make a list of ingredients that are both economical and nutritious.
If a recipe is going to cost too much, you should try to swap it out for another recipe. You can always save that special recipe for another time or celebration.
Here are a few other tips for planning meals on a budget:
- Buying groceries in bulk is another way to save money.
- Meal prepping ahead of time. Make a plan and stick to it!
- Shop strategically! Plan your meals according to what's on sale at your local grocery store.
- Make sure you bring the list with you to the grocery store.
- Bring a calculator or use your phone's calculator to keep track of how much you are spending while shopping. When you reach your limit, stop!
Once you get into the habit of planning everything out, you'll be able to see the real amount of money you're spending on food. There were many times I had to put items back, but we survived and it has helped me realize the importance of planning everything out...down to the penny.
💭Cheap Weekly Meal Plan
This is just an example of how I like to meal plan. You could also incorporate a “leftover meal” or even “clean out the refrigerator” night. This is something we do at least once a week.
- Monday - 3-Ingredient Crock-Pot Chicken Tacos
- Tuesday - Sloppy Joe Pasta
- Wednesday - Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole
- Thursday - Chicken Spaghetti Casserole
- Friday - Mexican Rice Skillet Dinner
- Saturday - French Bread Pizza
- Sunday - Hamburgers with Homemade Mushroom Gravy
Now, pick a side dish to serve with the recipes listed above. Side dishes should include potatoes or rice along with one or two veggies. A tossed salad with homemade ranch salad dressing is always nice too.
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This recipe has been updated since it first appeared in 2021 with new information. I hope you enjoy the updates as much as I enjoyed working on them!