Budgeting for grocery!
It’s a hot topic. I must admit, I spend an absurd amount in groceries, it’s terrible. I watch my budget on shopping for personal items, clothes, makeup, kids clothes, toys, etc.
All that, but I struggle with the grocery budget until I found these 8 awesome cheap meals to keep my grocery budget in check.
These meals are anything but boring and so delicious!
Here we go..
1.) Egg fried rice
So simple and so delicious. This is just a simple fried rice dish with egg. My hubby actually likes to top it with a fried egg too! We love eggs.
Rice is a staple in our house, as I’m sure it probably is in your home. You can throw literally whatever is in your fridge and pantry to make this rice tasty.
- Black beans
- Canned or fresh tomatoes
- Bell peppers
- Coconut milk
I could go on and on. Here’s a grocery list from Business Insider, coming in at just $24.01 with all the ingredients you need:
• Two 14-ounce cans of black beans (Trader Joe’s, 79 cents each, $1.58)
• Two 14-ounce cans of chickpeas/garbanzo beans (Trader Joe’s, 79 cents each, $1.58)
• One pound of Goya dried lentils (New York corner store, $1.40)
• Two 14-ounce packets of pasta (Trader Joe’s, 99 cents each, $1.98)
• Six bananas (Trader Joe’s, 19 cents each, $1.14)
• Two eight-count cartons of eggs (corner store, 60 cents each, $1.20)
• One loaf of white bread (corner store, $1.20)
• Two 14-ounce cans of coconut milk (corner store, $1 each, $2)
• One 24-ounce Hunt’s pasta sauce (corner store, $1)
• One avocado (Trader Joe’s, $1.49)
• Two onions (Trader Joe’s, 69 cents each, $1.38)
• One 16-ounce packet of frozen spinach (Trader Joe’s, $1.49)
• One 16-ounce packet of frozen broccoli florets (Trader Joe’s, $1.49)
• One 16-ounce packet of organic carrots (Trader Joe’s, 79 cents)
• One quart milk (Trader Joe’s, $1.29)
• Three cans of tuna (corner store, $1 each, $3)
2.) Black beans with veggies
Another stir fry we love. Sauté onion and garlic with salt and pepper. Throw black beans and veggies in there and stir fry to desired doneness. Eat with rice or pasta.
So many ways to enjoy this delicious Italian favorite. We enjoy a classic spaghetti and meat sauce. You can make this meal (6 servings) for under $15!
- Ground beef (1 lb.) $4.94
- Onion-1 $.38/lb
- Crushed garlic 3 Tbsp. $2.99
- Jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce (We like Ragu Roasted Garlic) $1.77
- Spaghetti (16 oz.) $1.38
- Olive oil 1 Tbsp.
Prepare a big pot of boiling salty water and cook spaghetti.
Heat oil on medium heat. Add chopped onion and garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Stir to combine. Cook on medium for 5-6 minutes. Add ground beef and cook through. Add sauce and season with Italian seasonings ( we use basil, oregano, and rosemary). Add 1 Tbsp. Of sugar (cuts the acid from tomatoes). Simmer on medium-low for 20 minutes.
Combine sauce and spaghetti together or serve separately. Enjoy.
4.) Frozen dinners
The easiest way to make a cheap dinner. Head to the freezer section of your grocery store and grab a family size frozen dinner. They’re around $8-12 and you’ll have enough for dinner and leftovers. Some examples:
- Chicken parmesaan
- Bakes ziti
Yum, soup! So many possibilities and very easy on the wallet. You can save a ton of time by throwing all ingredients in your crock pot, then set it and forget it!
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Soup is great because you probably already have all the ingredients in your fridge and pantry. All you need is a flavorful base like chicken broth, veggie broth, or water + boullion cubes.
Yummy ingredient ideas:
- Rice noodles
- Fresh herbs
- Fresh veggies
- Rice or noodles
There you go! All 8 Cheap meal ideas friendly on your grocery budget. Have any favorite cheap meals of your own? Share down below in comments!
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