100 Low Budget Meals Anyone Will Love Every Day

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Grocery prices keep going up every time I go to the store. I recently wrote an article about some of the Great Depression Era Meals. Wow, thanks so much to all my readers for giving me, even more, ideas to add to the list. Here’s the deal, I don’t see the grocery prices coming down anytime soon, so today I decided to put together 100 low budget meals anyone will love. If you are like me I can’t wait until my garden is ready to harvest! I save so much money having a garden! Yep, salads every night, sliced tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, etc. I make my own ranch salad dressing, or just use balsamic vinegar with olive oil. Yummy!

I watch for the meat in the clearance area or I don’t buy meat at all. I admire people who have access to real grass fed meat without the antibiotics and hormones added.

100 Low-Budget Meals Anyone Will Love Every Day

My favorite skillet for breakfast: Lodge L8SK3 Pre-Seasoned Cast-Iron Skillet, 10.25-inch

Breakfast Low Budget Meals:

1. French toast and scrambled eggs

2. Cheese toast with fruit cocktail

3. Scrambled eggs and bacon

4. Popeye or Puffy Pancakes

5. Smoothie with fruits and veggies

6. Pancakes and scrambled eggs

7. Waffles with fresh fruit

8. Eggs in a blanket (cut a whole out of the middle of a piece of bread and replace it with an egg then cook both in a fry pan)

9. Hard boiled eggs and fruit

10. Oatmeal with raisins (super budget meals if you buy oatmeal in bulk)

11. Cream of wheat with hard boiled eggs

12. Breakfast quiches

13. Breakfast burritos

14. Eggs benedict

15. Over easy eggs with sausage links

16. Toast and fried eggs

17. Link sausage wrapped up in a pancake

18. Egg baked muffins (baked omelets in muffin tins)

19. Leftover cold pizza

20. Homemade cinnamon rolls with scrambled eggs

21. Cold cereal with fruit

22. Homemade granola

23. Granola Bars

24. Homemade muffins with grated carrots

25. Homemade muffins with grated apples

26. Fried potatoes and eggs

27. Homemade whole wheat toasted bread with canned peaches

28. Hash with eggs

29. Doughnuts with scrambled eggs

30. Bagels and cream cheese

31. Peanut Butter and jelly sandwich

32. Fried Egg and bacon sandwich

33. Biscuits and sausage gravy

Luncheon Low Budget Meals:

34. Bagel with sliced turkey and carrot sticks/apple slices

35. Peanut butter and honey sandwich/carrot & peaches

36. Turkey, avocado, spinach wrap with plums

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37. Chicken burrito with salsa

38. Almond butter on celery sticks and apple slices

39. Tacos with beans, lettuce, tomatoes, and cheese

40. Sandwich with mashed beans and celery sticks

41. Tomato sandwiches with lettuce

42. Grilled cheese sandwiches with carrots and apples

43. Bean soup with corn bread (soups are super budget meals)

44. Homemade hummus with crackers and apple slices

45. Tomato soup with crackers, cheese, and grapes

46. Smoothies with fruits, vegetables, and chia

47. Egg salad sandwich with sliced pickles

48. Turkey, cheese panini sandwich with tomatoes

49. Whole wheat bread with chopped can of chicken, mayonnaise and carrot sticks

50. Salad with tomatoes with sliced hard boiled eggs and chopped bacon bits with apples on the side

51. Salad with peas, bacon, cheese, chopped eggs and bell peppers with dressing and fruit cocktail on the side

52. Bacon, lettuce, tomato sandwiches with carrot sticks

53. Crackers with chicken salad and fresh grapes

54. Chicken salad with bacon, hard boiled eggs, and cashews over lettuce

55. Cooked rice and beans with salsa

56. Grilled tuna sandwich with carrots and apple slices

57. Hot dogs with relish, celery sticks and apples

58. Chili hot dogs with grated cheese, apples and carrots sticks

59. Ham salad sandwiches with sliced pickles and grapes

60. Ground leftover roast beef and mayo with carrot sticks and peaches

61. Sliced roast beef sandwiches with celery and grapes

62. Baked potatoes with broccoli and cheese (super low budget meals)

63. Corn dogs with carrot/celery sticks and apple slices

64. Chef salad, lettuce, cheese, ham cubes, sliced eggs, sliced celery, and beets

65. Chipped beef on toast with peas and apple slices (my favorite super budget meals)

66. Macaroni and cheese with green beans and applesauce

Dinner Low Budget Meals:

67. Homemade flour tortillas with beans, cheese, lettuce and fruit cocktail-My favorite tortilla maker: CucinaPro 1443 Flatbread and Tortilla Maker

68. Homemade corn tortillas with meat of choice, cheese, lettuce and sliced apples ***My favorite corn/whole wheat & spinach tortilla recipes:

Corn-Whole Wheat & Spinach Tortillas.

69. Chicken enchiladas with small salad and fruit of choice

70. Spaghetti with meat sauce over cooked pasta with small tossed salad and fruit of choice

71. Chicken chili with homemade corn bread

72. Vegetarian chili with homemade bread sticks and fruit of choice

73. Lasagna with meat and a tossed salad with rolls

74. Vegetarian lasagna with salad

75. Bowtie-spinach salad with craisins and mandarin oranges and bread sticks

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76. Pork loin cooked in slow cooker, serve with vegetables of choice and fruit

77. Pork chops grilled, served with tossed salad and fruit

78. Barbecued ribs with tossed salad and fruit

79. Barbecued chicken with a tossed salad and fruit

80. Baked chicken with pasta salad and fruit on the side

81. Roasted vegetables and fruit on the side.

82. Homemade pizza with tomato sauce and grated cheese. Add a salad and fruit

83. Homemade calzones with tomato sauce and filling of choice. Add a tossed salad

84. Noodles and tomato sauce with green beans and canned fruit

85. Stew with vegetables and fruit of choice

86. Corned beef, cabbage, and potatoes

87. Chicken and broccoli casserole with fruit on the side

88. Chicken and rice casserole with green beans and fruit on the side

89. Tacos with fried hamburger, beans, cheese, lettuce, and tomatoes. Fruit on the side

90. Chicken enchiladas with tossed salad and fruit on the side

91. Taco salad, cooked hamburger, cheese, kidney beans, lettuce, broken tortillas chips and Catalina type salad dressing

92. Flank steak sliced very thin (barbecued in foil) serve with grilled veggies and fruit on the side

93. Foil dinners with meat of choice, carrots, celery, and onions, cook in oven or on barbecue

94. Tostadas with beans, grated cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and lots of salsa (one of my favorite budget meals)

95. Spinach wraps with chicken salad and a fruit salad

96. Salad bar, lettuce, tomatoes, grated cheese, chopped ham, olives, grated hard boiled eggs with dressing of choice

97. Potato bar with chili, broccoli, grated cheese, sour cream, chopped green onions and sliced olives

98. Tuna casserole with green beans and choice of fruit

99. Hamburger Casserole with snack ramen and frozen peas with fruit of choice

100. Turkey breast with homemade dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, peas and cranberry sauce

If you have any more low budget meals please share them with me. Let’s pass the information on to everyone you think would enjoy these meals. I thank you for your comments. Blessings, Linda


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  1. Hi Mare, thank you! I am sharing all my cheap meals I eat everyday. We don’t have the luxury of meat very often. Thank you Mare, Linda

  2. Lots of family favourites on this list. I made a bunch of corn meal muffins with hot dog slices in them, makes a great snack. I look for 50% off items that need to be cooked that day or the next and do up big batches for the freezer. I freeze discount sour cream and yogurt in premeasured amounts to use in some of my baking. One store nearby often has pork loin roasts on their last day of freshness for a significant discount so I cook and thinly slice it to use in sandwiches instead of buying deli meat.

  3. Carol Greco says:

    One of our favorites meals is meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and vegetables. There is always enough meatloaf to make sandwiches the next day. Since there are only two of us, I look for things that I can make more than one meal from. I also make a very simple Potato Chowder with lots of vegetables, a white sauce with cheese that is easy to make from the food storage supplies. Thanks for your ideas in this post.

    • Hi Carol, I love meatloaf sandwiches!!! I make casseroles or soup and scoop or pour into the container size I need to serve two people. I need to make a potato chowder, that sounds yummy! I haven’t made one for years. Sometimes we need a reminder, thank you!!! Linda

  4. Catherine says:

    I have been frying rosarita no fat zesty refried beans in burritos. I add mozzarella and a healthy bead of ranch on the inside for flavor before cooking. I get about 4/5 good sized burritos out of one can. Super cheap. quick, and yummy. I chop up whatever veggie is handy and seve that on the side: radishes, carrot sticks, celery, olives, etc.. Takes about 10-15 minutes.

    • Hi, Catherine, oh this sounds delicious. My readers will love this. I’m writing a post about beans for tomorrow. I need to add your yummy idea. Thank you, I love new ideas. Great tips! Linda

  5. These are great ideas thank you for sharing !i bake oatmeal to use for breakfast or a quick treat, it’s great hot or cold and saves a lot of time and you can add what you want like fruit, quinoa nuts honey

  6. Lynne Clark says:

    One of my favorites from youth as hamburg and corn,with a side bowl of mashed potatoes. I didn’t find out til much later that most people put the hamburg and corn on the bottom of a pie pan and fill it up with the potatoes then bake it. I just figured Mom omitted the pie tin and baking part because there were 6 of us and 1 pie tin would not be big enough. When my son was growing up, I made the hamburg and corn with a bit of hamburg and a lot of TVP cooked with it.

    • Hi Lynne, I love this, I think my mom made it in a 9 by 13-inch pan with hamburger/tomato soup, then green beans and mashed potatoes on top. Corn would be good too! I love the pie pan story, moms have to make a meal stretch. Linda

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