Cheap Meals for People Who Actually Like to EAT!

As I talked about in my last post, we have started the Dave Ramsey plan again! This month has been going good and we are still really excited about things!

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One of the biggest areas that I struggle is FOOD and groceries! We are a family who likes to eat and we like to eat GOOD. I could literally drop $500 in the grocery store in a short amount of time. Anyone else? Just me…? Okay….moving on….

I hate looking on Pinterest for “cheap meals” and the most ridiculous crap shows up. Who slaps spaghetti sauce, cheese, and a pepperoni on a piece of bread and calls it “pizza night”?! Like….that’s not real OR practical. What do your husbands eat if you literally think that’s “dinner”?!?!

Believe it or not, you can actually eat pretty good without spending a fortune. I can’t promise that these meals are $.50 or anything crazy like that…but this is to show you that eating good CAN be cheap and doesn’t have to be processed crap from a box and/or spaghetti sauce on bread as pizza….

If you’d like me to do detailed recipes posts for any of these, let me know! I’d be happy to have an excuse to cook these up and take pictures! HAHA!

Okay back to the topic of spaghetti sauce……

Guys…the cheapest easiest meal on planet earth…
SPAGHETTI!
We buy both noodles and sauce in bulk at Sams Club and it makes for a super quick and easy meal more times than I like to admit.
The noodles we buy from Sams Club are $4.98 for 6, 1-lb packages. The sauce I buy is usually just whatever I see there that seems to be a good deal.
If you’re an Amazon lover, here’s some Barilla Pasta. It’s cheap. Promise!

Homemade Beef Stroganoff. I’m not talking Hamburger Helper, friends. HOMEMADE. It will change your life. And it’s cheap. You’re welcome.

Loaded Quesadillas. Cheese, tortillas, and veggies are cheap. Make some magic with them.

Breakfast for dinner! We always have eggs in our house and when I’m in a “dinner funk”, we like to get creative with them during breakfast for dinner. We also buy this pancake mix in bulk and it’s a quick staple in our house! And since we buy it in bulk, we can make as many pancakes or waffles as we want! No going hungry around here!!!

Meatloaf. Okay, okay….I know a lot of people HATE meatloaf. We are not one of those families. I like that I can do meatloaf in the Instant Pot (before mine broke. *tears*) and when I need to, I can make a pretty easy Whole3o compliant meatloaf!

Pumped Up Grilled Cheese. I LOVE a good classic grilled cheese with tomato soup. My husband? Not so much. He needs a little something extra. So on grilled cheese night I will add whatever we have lying around….bacon in the fridge? Yup. Delicious. Green chili? Add it in. Deli ham? SOOO good!

Loaded Baked Potatoes. A regular for us in our house is BBQ Pulled Pork (or chicken) Sweet Potatoes. We add purple onion and its great!

What are some staple cheap meals in your house? I would love to hear about them!!!



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