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25+ Budget Meals and Frugal Recipes


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3-Ingredient Baked Ham and Cheese RollupsPlanning meals on a budget can be a stressful task during the work week for many reasons. Budget friendly meals require planning ahead, which we don't always have the time for, and they also require a little more thought when you're at the store. Budget meals aren't difficult to make, and they can be truly delicious, but it takes a little time and effort on your part to make them the best they can be. For this reason, we took on half the work for you, and listed some of our favorite recipes for budget meals below. These frugal recipes will be a hit with any family.


The budget friendly meals below provide variety in both ingredients and flavor combinations. We know that having the same cheap meals like Ramen noodles and grilled cheese sandwiches can become mundane week after week, and so, our list aims to break free of traditional budget meal ideas and give you new inspiration for delicious meals that won't compromise your weekly budget.  Cheap meals do not have to be boring and they don't have to lack taste or variety -- just take a look through our list below.

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


25+ Budget Meals and Frugal Recipes

Table of Contents:

Budget Meals for Your Whole Family

Budget Friendly Recipes: Casserole Dishes

Our Favorite Frugal Recipes

Bonus! Money Saving Recipes

NEW! Featured Budget Recipe



Budget Meals for Your Whole Family

Old Fashioned Salisbury Steak Skillet Beef & Macaroni

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

Skillet Macaroni and Beef (shown)

Skillet Beef Hash Browns

Old Fashioned Salisbury Steak (shown)

Chicken Biscuit Melt-Aways

Muffin Tin Bisquick Puffs

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

Budget Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry 

Homestyle One Pot Goulash



Budget Friendly Recipes: Casserole Dishes

Country Cottage Potato Bake Best Anytime Pizza Casserole

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

Comfort Turkey Rotel

Grandma's 5-Star Cabbage Rolls

Best Anytime Pizza Casserole

Budget Ritzy Comfort Bake

Matt's Easy Chicken Divan

The Easiest Chicken Pot Pie


Our Favorite Frugal Recipes

Baked Pierogi Casserole Easy Pantry Tuna Penne

There is nothing more satisfying than enjoying every bite of a meal that's saving you money! 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!)

Gooey Potato Bake

Cheesy Scalloped Pork Chops

Foolproof Bacon French Toast Casserole

Easy Pantry Tuna Penne (shown)

Easy Sweet Pea Casserole

Jiffy Cornbread Casserole

Cheesy Baked Potato and Asparagus Casserole

Beefed Up Ramen Noodle Bake 



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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This is such a great collection. I love that this takes into account that budget doesn't just mean cheap ingredients, but everyday ingredients that you have around the house! I made the skillet beef hashbrowns, and it was so good! I had lots of leftovers, too.

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