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25+ Poor Man Cheap Meals and Frugal Recipes



Comfort Turkey RotelPlanning meals on a budget is one of the most difficult tasks of the long work week. The problem is that you always need to be looking for inexpensive recipes and cheap meals when you don't even have the time to even be making them. So, we took the liberty to end your long search of frugal recipes and supply you with a list of cheap meals that any penny pincher would love. These frugal recipes will be a hit with any family.


Variety was the key in our long search. We know that having the same cheap meals like Ramen noodles and macaroni and cheese gets boring. In this extensive list of frugal recipes for the family we took that into consideration while picking the meals. "On a budget" really means a lot to people, and it doesn't have to necessarily mean eating bad foods for a low price. It's one thing to have a cheap meal and another thing to have a delicious, cheap meal. So, enjoy your frugal recipes while living on a budget. Meal planning is not going to get any easier than this or more delicious. Your wallets and families are going to thank you.

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25 Poor Man Cheap Meals and Frugal Recipes

25+ Poor Man Cheap Meals and Frugal Recipes

Table of Contents:

Cheap Meals for the Poor Man

Budget Recipes for a Family: Casserole Dishes

Our Favorite Easy Cheap Recipes

Bonus: Money Saving Tip


Cheap Meals for the Poor Man

These wonderful frugal recipes were carefully selected for the "poor man" or the budget conscious cook.  We know that with your busy schedule, it can be impossible to make it to the grocery store.  All of these recipes are here because we believe that they can be made out of whatever is in your pantry, cabinets, or freezer. Show your family that meals on a budget can be delicious with these fine frugal recipes.  

Poor Man Chicken Broccoli CasserolePoor Man Husband Casserole


  1. Poor Man Chicken Broccoli Casserole (shown)

  2. Poor Man Husband Casserole (shown)

  3. Poor Man Texas Hash

  4. Poor Man's Macaroni and Cheese

  5. Poor Man's Simple Supper

  6. Poor Man's Jambalaya

  7. Poor Man Oven Fried Chicken

  8. Poor Man's Beef Wellington

Poor Man's Buffalo Chicken TendersTin Foil Hobo Dinners


  1. Poor Man's Buffalo Chicken Tenders (shown)

  2. Tin Foil Hobo Dinners (shown)

  3. Poor Man Ham and Swiss Pockets

  4. Poor Man Breakfast Pizza

  5. Poor Man's Potato Soup

  6. Poor Man's One Pot Rice and Beans

  7. Poor Man's Asian Beef Noodles

  8. Poor Man's Beef Barbecue

Budget Recipes for a Family: Casserole Dishes

Some of the most appetizing cheap meals are the always rewarding casserole recipes. There are a number of different varieties and flavors that can be jam packed into one casserole dish. The amount of possible frugal recipes one can dream of are limitless! We looked in our catalog and found these fantastic casseroles that are perfect if you are looking to make a budget-friendly meal to add to your list of frugal recipes.  Planning a weekly menu is a skill as well as an art. It's time to master the art and feed delicious cheap meals to the family! Get ready to have great casseroles and frugal recipes for supper tonight!

Matt's Easy Chicken DivanPoor Man Layered Cabbage Casserole


  1. Comfort Turkey Rotel (shown at top)

  2. Poor Man Layered Cabbage Casserole (shown)

  3. Cheesy Chicken Noodle Casserole

  4. Rice, Bean and Broccoli Casserole

  5. Creamy Potato and Leek Casserole

  6. Matt's Easy Chicken Divan (shown)


Our Favorite Easy Cheap Casserole Recipes

There is nothing more satisfying than enjoying every bite of a cheap meal. Here are some of our favorite frugal recipes for those penny-pinchers and coupon cutters. Hey, the more you save at home, the more you can spend when you go out. Who knows, maybe these inexpensive recipes will be just as good or even better. Sometimes it pays to enjoy cheap meals and be a little frugal. Recipes won't know what hit them. 

Creamy Beef Mushrooms and NoodlesBaked Pierogi Casserole

  1. Creamy Beef Mushrooms and Noodles (shown)

  2. Baked Pierogi Casserole (shown)

  3. Lazy Day Beef Stroganoff

  4. Easy Pantry Tuna Penne

  5. Au Gratin Potatoes and Ham

  6. One Pot Pork Chop Supper

  7. Good Ol' American Beef Stew


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