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Share your best dirt cheap meal ideas- breakfast, lunch, dinner - doesn't matter, just has to be cheap, filling and tasty! 2 random winners will receive a Super Laundry Sauce kit- which contains a box of borax, a box of washing soda and 3 bars of fels naptha as well as printed directions for our

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    Default Best Dirt Cheap Meal Idea


    Share your best dirt cheap meal ideas- breakfast, lunch, dinner - doesn't matter, just has to be cheap, filling and tasty! 2 random winners will receive a Super Laundry Sauce kit- which contains a box of borax, a box of washing soda and 3 bars of fels naptha as well as printed directions for our Original Super Laundry Sauce recipe!

    This challenge can end at any time, so Hurry! Share your favorite dirt cheap meal ideas!!



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    One of our most frugal meals would have to be baked bbq chicken.
    I buy chicken quarters for no more than .39 - .59 per pound in a 10 lb bag.
    I freeze half, then cook the other half with 2 bottles bbq sauce that's bought on sale,((No more than .60 each)), and s and p.
    Can use the oven or Crock Pot...whatever works best for you.
    We always have left overs, so the next day, I'll usually have bbq sandwiches or freeze the meat for another day.
    So, for less than $5, you have at least 2 meals...and still have the remaining frozen raw chicken.

    Another fantastic frugal meal...beans and cornbread!!
    I always save the bone or hock from ham.
    When ready to have your beans, soak, rinse, and cook them with the bone. Can add onions, (like I do), then season.
    Make your cornbread and voila-you have dinner!
    Super cheap but so tasty!

    During some extra lean times, we've had scrambled egg sandwiches for dinner...comfort food at it's best and SUPER cheap!

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    Steel Cut Oatmeal is my favorite breakfast food. At $3.29 for a 30 oz. container ($0.11 per ounce) for the Nature's Promise organic variety. You get roughly 4 to 5 servings per 1 cup of dry oatmeal; that's 8 oz. at $0.11, so one meal is roughly $0.88 (if my math is correct).

    Now the way I do it makes morning life even easier! I use my mini slow cooker, add all ingredients, any household seasonings that you have around (cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar, etc.), set it at night on low for 8 hours. When you wake up you will have perfectly cooked and piping hot steel-cut oatmeal waiting for you in the morning. Since it's the heartier kind and very filling I can eat that alone until it is snack time. If you are a single girl like myself you can separate the other servings in tupperware, leave one in the fridge and the others in the freezer, the night before take out your freezer stash and defrost to reheat the next morning. That's $0.88 for a work weeks worth of breakfast.

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    1 package of ramen noodles cooked to make very soupy, add any left over meat you may have from previous meals(cut into small pieces), you can either add leftover vegies from previous meals or a can of mixed vegies. Add the seasoning packet too.
    Serve with bread or crackers & apple slices.

    I have been known to add 1 chopped up hotdog to ours on occasion, left over meat from taco's, or just a small section of roast left? Cut it up & add it. I also would save the left over vegies even if it was just a small spoonful or less & put them in the freezer til I had enough.


    This was a mainstay in our diet after my husband & I were in a car accident & had extremely limited funds to buy groceries with to feed us & our oldest son(only one we had at the time). I still continue to fix this periodically to help strech the budget or to give us a quick filling meal.

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    Lazy gal here, I love Picante Chicken ramen noodles, I drain 1/2 of the water off after the noodles are cooked. Then I add the seasoning packet and a large dollop of sour cream and a slice of american cheese. Super cheap and YUMALICIOUS!

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    Eggs. We love toad in a hole, scrambled and wrapped in a homemade tortilla, egg salad, and hard boiled. Cheap protein.

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    one of my daughter's favorites is ramen noodles, made souppy($.15) a can of tuna drained($.50) and some saltines. Pair it with an apple or banana and you have a yummy, and cheap meal!

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    What we will be having this evening: Fish in a packet I usually use Tilapia, but any type of fish will work. On a sheet of foil or parchment paper layer some cooked brown rice, fish and veggies (zucchini and yellow squash will be used tonight). Add salt and pepper. Fold into a packet. Bake for about 20 minutes at 450 degrees until fish is done and flakes easily with a fork and veggies are cooked (a fork goes in easily). Enjoy! Thanks; Virginia

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    Breakfast for dinner is always a hit. Super fast and super cheap, especially pancakes, scrambled eggs, or my homemade waffles! Of course we are trying to watch the carbs.... so we have the eggs more often.

    BBQ pulled chicken in the crock pot is another cheap meal that we have a lot. My kids totally think its pulled pork and it is so much healthier and cheaper! They just get tired of hearing that we are having chicken......again!

    Spaghetti is also cheap and pretty fast even the whole grain that we always have.

    My daughter has taught me that you can do just about anything with a tortilla, and we really have. From breakfast burritos to nutella rollups, you name it and very inexpensive and filling.

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    Cabbage and Keilbasa soup

    1 head Cabbage
    1 onion
    1 thingy keilbasa (or whatever type of sausage is on sale which at my store its usally keilbasa and I can get 2 "thingys" for about $3.00)
    I usually add about 1 potato per person eating so four people 4 potatoes
    Chicken broth (optional) Salt Pepper

    Bring large pot of water to boil, add cut up potatoes and cut up onion (at this point you can add the chicken broth if you are using it)
    after about 3 to five minutes I turn the heat down to a simmer and add the keilbasa Cover and allow to simmer for about an hour or two tasing periodically to see if it is tasting good and if you want to add some spices (sometimes i do garlic and whatnot.)
    At first the soup wont taste good you have to give it some time for the keilbasa flavor to really take over the water (that is why some people like to do chicken broth but it isn't absolutely needed)
    Once the soup tastes good to you chop up the cabbage and throw it in let it cook until its soft. It doesn''t take long at all.

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    I like to buy the cheaper pork (meat for carnitas) I cook it in the crock pot with carrots, potatoes and onions until it is falling apart, then I serve it as is the first night. With the lerftovers I can make hot or cold sandwiches, a pot pie, or pulled pork. We nearly always get at least three meals off one cooking.

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    Default Easy Cheeseburger Pie


    Since we've started following the $50 grocery menu plans on the site we've been buying ground turkey at Aldi instead of ground beef.

    1 can crescent rolls (usually .99 a can at Aldi)
    1 pound ground Turkey ($1.69)
    1/4 cup finely chopped onion (.15)
    1/3 cup chopped dill pickle slices .12
    2 tablespoons ketchup free (use packets from fast food places)
    1 teaspoon prepared mustard (use packets from fast food places)
    2 tablespoons flour
    2 tablespoons dill pickle juice
    2 tablespoons milk
    2 cups shredded American cheese, divided $1.25

    Line the bottom of an 8" pie plate with the crescent rolls (unroll them first silly!) In a skillet, brown the turkey and onion, drain then add chopped pickles, ketchup and mustard. Sprinkle the flour over the top, add milk and the pickle juice, and stir really well to incorporate all the ingredients.

    SHut of the heat and add half of the cheese, mixing it in. Pour it into the crescent roll crust and bake for 15F at 375F.
    Take it out of the oven and add the remaining cheese. Top with extra ketchup & mustard if you like.

    That's my cheap recupe that everyone at my house loves.

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    I like to make extra waffles for breakfast. my maker makes 4 square waffles, about 4 inches by 3 inches. I freeze any not eaten. then I take boneless breast of chicken, cut in half and pound out. I can get 3 small slabs off of one. so I use 2 for the 5 of us. fry the chicken and toast the waffles. some leftover lettuce and on a good day, a tomato from my sad garden. I open a couple of bags for green beans and steam them and we have a complete meal.

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    I will often make a batch of homemade bread dough (a little time consuming and labor intensive, but CHEAP! Cut it into triangles and wrap up hot dogs defrosted from the freezer, that I purchased when they were on sale for .99 ea.) Bake, about 25 minutes. Open a couple cans of pork'n'beans, add about 2 Tablespoons BBQ sauce (homemade, I keep in Fridge), about 1 teaspoon of prepared mustard, and 1/2 cup of brown sugar, heat it up 'till it's hot. Open a can of mixed veggies if I have them, and heat those up too. Add 1 Tablespoon of butter or margarine (which ever I have the most of), salt and pepper and 1/2 teaspoon of barbeque rub (also homemade I keep on the shelf). My kids love this meal, and aside from Macaroni and Cheese in a box, or Cold canned fruit and bread 'n' butter there isn't anything cheaper that will feed them. My kids are 1/2 Tongan, and when they need to eat....THEY NEED TO EAT! A single package of ramen (Saimini) will not cover it. They each could eat a whole box by themselves! If we do eat Ramen, I sometimes will add a little cornstarch to some cold water, stir until dissolved, add to the boiling water with the ramen, and as it cooks I will crack a few eggs into it (kinda like egg drop soup) it's better with some thinly sliced green onion, and a small pat of butter or margarine added, if you have it.

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    Another really low budget but pretty good meal is: 1 can of tuna, drained, 1 can cream of chicken soup, 1/2 can of water, little minced onion, salt and pepper. Cook up a pot of egg noodles, or rice. Mix it all together. Grease a baking pan lightly, pour mixture into the pan. Sprinkle seasoned bread crumbs (made at home stored in freezer). Bake for about 15 minutes or until hot. Serve

 

 
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