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8 Cheap Meals For Families On A Budget



When you’re hurting financially, it’s easy to get stuck eating the same meals over and over again. But it doesn’t have to be this way! Here are eight easy-to-prepare meals you can make for $15 or less that might spice things up in the kitchen.

1. Pot Roast

A remarkably cheap and healthy recipe—not to mention it’s delicious! A frozen bag of veggies can be your best friend and can add a lot of ingredient diversity to any meal. All in all, it comes to a total around $15.

Ingredients:

  • Beef chuck roast
  • Carrots
  • Potatoes
  • Beef broth
  • Steak seasoning

2. Egg and Black Bean Burritos

All you need for this classic is a carton of eggs, a can of black beans and tortillas. Of course, you can add other ingredients, like salsa or guacamole. The best part: this dirt-cheap meal only costs about $5 to make!
Ingredients:

  • Eggs
  • Black beans
  • Tortillas
  • Cheese
  • Salsa

3. Pizza Bagels

 With only three ingredients, this filler of a meal can not only satiate any family, but also earn the cook a few compliments. You can make this for a total of $10.

Ingredients:

  • Bagels
  • Pasta sauce
  • Shredded cheese mix
  • Toppings (optional)

4. Quesadillas

A favorite for the family! The only ingredients you need are tortillas, shredded Mexican cheese, and meat or veggies. You can get creative by adding beans, sour cream, or anything else you want to throw in there. This delicious and surprisingly healthy meal can be done at the low price of $10. Did we mention that even your kids will love it?

Ingredients:

  • Tortillas
  • Shredded Mexican cheese
  • Meat
  • Salsa (optional)
  • Sour cream (optional)



5. Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup

This meal is a real winner when you’re a parent on the go. As a super simple crowd pleaser that only requires a few ingredients, this grilled cheese is for everyone. Since this recipe only needs a few ingredients to make, it comes out to be around $5.

Ingredients:

  • Loaf of bread
  • Sliced cheese
  • Butter
  • Tomato Soup

6. Fettuccini Alfredo

This shockingly easy crowd-pleaser requires only three ingredients and matches perfectly with some garlic bread. It’s a filling and totally satisfying treat for the whole family at the very low price of $10.

Ingredients:

  • Fettuccini pasta
  • Cream (or half and half)
  • Butter
  • Parmesan cheese

7. Chicken Parmesan

Just a few simple ingredients make for a killer meal that you’ll probably be asked to make every day! This delicious meal is a can’t-fail classic at around $15.

Ingredients:

  • Chicken breasts
  • Italian bread crumbs
  • Spaghetti
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • 1 egg
  • Parmesan cheese

8. Homemade Mac ‘n’ Cheese

For this recipe, all you’ll need is your choice of a box of pasta, milk and shredded cheese. If you want, you can add some extras like peas, ham, bacon or scallions. This recipe only takes about 25 minutes to make and costs about $5 for six servings!

Ingredients:

  • Pasta
  • Milk
  • Shredded cheese
  • Flour, sugar and salt to taste

 

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