Cheap Eats Week 5: 75+ Budget-Friendly Dinner Ideas

This is the last post in the Cheap Eats series…because I keep forgetting to save my grocery receipts. And I feel like I’ve said what I have to say about budget shopping. 🙂 


If you want to read all the posts in the series, click HERE.
I hope you’ve been encouraged along your path to cutting your grocery bills. To go out with a bang, I thought I’d share my master recipe list, the one that hangs inside my cupboard. I still think that coming up with a weekly menu is the hardest part of all of this and hope that by sharing the meals we eat most frequently, you’ll have a resource to help you answer that pesky question, “What’s for dinner?”
Budget Friendly Dinner Ideas


Main Dish: Beef
Tacos
(soft or crunchy)
Spaghetti
Sloppy
Joes
Navajo
Tacos
Red
Beef Enchiladas
Shepherd’s
Pie
Taco
Salad
Hamburgers
Lasagna
Taco
Rice
Salisbury
Steak
Meatloaf
Stroganoff
Tater
Tot Casserole
Rigatoni
Taco
Pizzas (like Taco Bell)
Crockpot Roast
Main Dish: Chicken
Italian
Cream Cheese Chicken and Penne
White
Chicken Enchiladas
Chicken
Chili Enchiladas
Chicken/Mushroom
Stuffing Packets
Chicken
in Potato Baskets
Parmesan
Ranch Chicken
Sweet
and Sour Chicken
Southwestern
Egg Rolls
Pot
Pie
Phad
Thai/ Thai Chicken Fettuccine
Chicken
Manicotti
Chicken
Broccoli Rice Casserole
Fettuccine
Alfredo
Asian
Chicken from a Packet
Chicken
Bacon Ranch Calzone
Click HERE to see my post: 30 Recipes That Use Pre-Cooked Chicken
Main Dish: Misc.
Pork
Chops
Pigs
In A Blanket
Chef
Salad
Sausage
Rice
Ham
Enchiladas
Burritos/Chalupas
Beans
and Spanish Rice
Hot
Dogs
Chili
Dogs
Tuna
Casserole
Potato
Bar
Kielbasa/Polish Sausage and Rice
Tin
Foil Dinners
Pizza
(Chicken, Alfredo, Mexican, Pepperoni, Sloppy Joe)
French
Bread Pizza
Pizza
Potatoes
Spinach
Bake
Twice
Baked Potatoes
Sandwiches
BBQ
Sandwiches
Ham
BBQ (deli ham, ketchup, butter, sweet relish…it’s a slightly-strange family recipe)
Egg
Salad Sandwiches
BLT’s
Grilled
Cheese and Tomato Soup
French
Bread Sandwiches (any meat, any sauce, any cheese: broiled)
Soup
Chili
and Cornbread
Potato
Soup
Taco
Soup (chicken or ground beef)
Black
Bean Soup and Tortillas
Minestrone
Soup
Corn
Chowder
White
Chicken Chili
Zuppa
Toscana
Beef
Stew
Breakfast For Dinner
Biscuits
and Gravy
Crepes with Fruit Filling
Stuffing
Cups
French Toast or French Toast Casserole
Egg
McMuffins
Waffles
Quiche

5 COMMENTS

  1. I came across your blog as a result of Pinterest, and enjoyed scrolling through your various posts. I was taken by surprise when I was reading through your 75 budget friendly meals and saw "Navajo Tacos" listed. Outside of my family, I have never met anyone that knew what those were.

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