Can you use some ideas for dirt cheap budget meals? The price of groceries continue to rise and they will continue to go up. It’s really sad to hear more and more families are depending on food stamps and even needing to go to the food bank to feed their family. Our local Southern Utah Food Bank just reported they are really low on food to give out to those in need.
I’m aware of a few churches who are delivering food to those who need it and as well as meals being prepared for others. In my neighborhood, we have a few elderly people that do not have the energy to prepare meals for themselves anymore.
It’s nice when we can take a plate of food to those couples who could use a hot meal once or twice a week that they don’t have to prepare. It’s actually a blessing to those of us who drop off meals and see the smiles of those involved.
When you’re younger you don’t realize sometimes how the elderly deal with lack of energy to clean the house, shop for groceries or cook a meal. If you are aware of a family in this situation, they will love a hot meal occasionally. Some also have very limited funds for groceries. Trust me, I know.
If you make a lasagna, freeze half of it for another meal. Do the same with chili, soup or just about any meal. It not only saves you time but money as well.
Let’s break down my dirt cheap budget meals for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. Just so you know, I raised my family on all of these meals, putting Mark through school with four daughters. Life is good when you eat at home I promise.
- Buy fresh fruits and vegetables when in season, (they are typically cheaper and taste better)
- Buy case goods on sale (purchase only what you will eat)
- Use coupons for food items you will eat
- Check out the meat department to see if they have a buy one get one free option (know your prices to make sure its a good deal)
- Look at the end of the meat aisle for discounted meat (I have picked up meat for 75% off the regular price several times, freeze some for later)
- Buy oatmeal, eggs, bacon, and sausage in bulk. Freeze the bacon and sausage in family size portions
Skills To Learn
- Learn to make bread, rolls, cinnamon rolls, and French bread
- Learn to make biscuits and crackers
My favorite dirt cheap budget meals are set up for 14 days, then the menu starts all over again. You can do this if there is something you don’t care for, then substitute your own meal.
Dirt Cheap Budget Meals
Sunday: Pancakes, sausage links, and orange slices
Monday: Oatmeal with cinnamon and raisins, apple slices
Tuesday: Waffles with bacon strips, with applesauce
Wednesday: Egg bites (scrambled eggs made in muffin pans), hash browns, and mandarin oranges
Thursday: Scrambled eggs, toast, and tomato slices
Friday: Puffy Pancakes, bacon, sliced pears
Saturday: Fried eggs on English muffins with ham slices, cheese, and sliced peaches
Sunday: Poached eggs on toast, steamed broccoli, and sliced tomatoes
Monday: Ebelskivers (my recipe) with ham slices, and applesauce
Tuesday: Bagels, cream cheese, cheese slices, and sliced apples
Wednesday: Deviled eggs, toast, and strawberries
Thursday: Toast with peanut butter, and sliced peaches
Friday: Cereal with sliced bananas and a hard boil egg
Saturday: Egg bake (my 5 Favorite Recipes), hash browns, sliced pears
Sunday: Tuna salad on bread or crackers, pickles, celery slices, and applesauce
Monday: Ham slices with cheese on toast, carrot sticks, and sliced pears
Tuesday: Bean burritos with or without cheese, salsa, and carrot sticks, tomato slices
Wednesday: Turkey slices on bread with celery sticks, cherry tomatoes, and apple slices
Thursday: Rice and beans, salsa, carrots, and sliced peaches
Friday: Steamed rice with broccoli, carrots and green onions and mandarin oranges
Saturday: Quinoa made with the broth of choice, chopped onions, bell peppers, and sliced oranges and grapes
Sunday: Tuna salad on crackers with carrot sticks, celery sticks, bell pepper strips and grapes
Monday: Chicken salad on bread with pickles, olives, carrot sticks, and apple slices
Tuesday: Egg salad on bread (my Egg Salad Recipe) with lettuce, celery sticks, peach slices
Wednesday: Bacon and tomato sandwiches with carrot sticks and strawberries
Thursday: Grilled cheese sandwiches with celery sticks and cucumber slices, and grapes
Friday: Ham fried rice with frozen peas, carrot sticks, and sliced tomatoes
Saturday: Vegetable soup with homemade French Bread and apple slices
Dinner for the Family
Sunday: Lasagna, with a tossed salad and apple slices
Monday: Costco baked chicken, baked potatoes, green beans, and sliced peaches
Tuesday: Hamburgers with Homemade Buns, pickles, chips, carrot sticks and sliced tomatoes
Friday: Tacos with hamburger, cheese, lettuce and chopped tomatoes with apple slices
Saturday: Homemade pizza (my Pizza Dough recipe), tossed salad with sliced pears
Sunday: Chicken and Broccoli Casserole, steamed rice with orange slices
Monday: Manicotti with a tossed salad, sliced pears
Tuesday: Pulled pork (pork tenderloin with barbecue sauce in a slow cooker for 6-8 hours on low) on rolls, tossed salad, sliced apples
Wednesday: Baked Beans, cornbread, jello with fruit and celery sticks
Thursday: Spaghetti with marinara sauce, meatballs, French Bread, tossed salad and sliced pears
Friday: Clam Chowder, broccoli pieces, tomato slices, and mandarin oranges
Saturday: Chili, corn bread, tossed salad, sliced apples
Caramel Corn by Linda
Celery with peanut butter
Celery with cream cheese
Sliced cucumbers with ranch dressing
Rice Krispie Squares
Please let me know how many of these dirt cheap low budget meals you are making right now or have in the past. Let’s teach our families to sit around the table for dinner, now, not next week. Thanks for being prepared for the unexpected. May God bless this world.
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Egg bites: AdobeStock_122475300 by Azurita