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25+ Poor Man Cheap Meals and Frugal Recipes


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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.

For even more cheap meals, check out our free eCookbook: 27 Cheap & Easy Chicken Recipes.


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 Recipes

NEW! Featured Budget Recipe



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 Casserole

Poor Man Husband Casserole

Cowboy Casserole

Cowboy Casserole

Skillet Macaroni and Beef

Skillet Beef Hash Browns

Poor Man's Jambalaya

Chicken Biscuit Melt-Aways

Muffin Tin Bisquick Puffs

Skillet Cheesy Chicken and Rice

Skillet Cheesy Chicken and Rice

Tin Foil Hobo Dinners

3-Ingredient Ham and Cheese Crescent Bake

Bacon, Eggs, and Cheese Breakfast Puffs

Creamy Ham and Potato Chowder

Hungry Hobo Beans Bake

Foolproof Beef and Broccoli

Homestyle One Pot Goulash

Homestyle One Pot Goulash


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!


Poor Man Layered Cabbage Casserole

Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Casserole
(Made in our Test Kitchen!)

Easy Stuffed Pepper Casserole

Hubby's Favorite Layered Tater Tot Casserole

Hubby's Favorite Layered Tater Tot Casserole

Comfort Turkey Rotel

Grandma's 5-Star Cabbage Rolls

Best Anytime Pizza Casserole

Best Anytime Pizza Casserole

Budget Ritzy Comfort Bake

Matt's Easy Chicken Divan

The Easiest Chicken Pot Pie


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.


Baked Pierogi Casserole
(Made in our Test Kitchen!)

Baked Pierogi Casserole

Gooey Potato Bake

Cheesy Scalloped Pork Chops

Foolproof Bacon French Toast Casserole

Easy Pantry Tuna Penne

Easy Pantry Tuna Penne

Easy Sweet Pea Casserole

Jiffy Cornbread Casserole

Cheesy Baked Potato and Asparagus Casserole

Cheesy Baked Potato and Asparagus Casserole



Bonus! Money Saving Recipes

How to Make a Bisquick Substitute


How to Make Homemade Whipped Topping


Featured Recipe: Sloppy Joe Stuffed Shells Recipe

These Sloppy Joe Stuffed Shells are a fun and easy twist on the classic budget-friendly dinner. With pasta, meat, and veggies baked together in one dish, it’s a great freezer meal or make-ahead supper to enjoy on your next busy weeknight.

 Sloppy Joe Stuffed Shells Recipe


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