15 Frugal Meals For a Small Grocery Budget

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I know how the story goes. Either your grocery budget has been reduced or you just plain don’t like wasting too much money on food. Either way, when you sit down to plan those menus and shopping list, you may wonder, “What are some cheap meals I can make?’ Believe me, I know! I ask myself the same question EVERY time too! Here are 15 frugal meals for a small grocery budget.  We have made all of these meals in our home and give them 2 thumbs up! Follow the links to get the full recipes.

TIP -There are a couple rice recipes. If you don’t have a rice maker check this one out (reviews are amazing)! They are very affordable and such a fabulous tool! The rice is ALWAYS PERFECT! All you do is add water and rice, turn it on and forget about it til dinner. It keeps the rice warm until dinner as well. I like to cook it early so I can make the sauce/meat right before dinner.

15 Frugal Meals for a Small Grocery Budget

Bean and Cheese Burritos by Pink Parsley

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Bean and Cheese Burritos by Pink Parsley

(I love these, only I leave out the pickled jalapenos for the sake of my kids)

Spaghetti and Meatballs by She Wears Many Hats

Spaghetti and Meatballs by She Wears Many Hats

Taco Soup  by I Heart Nap Time

Taco Soup  by I Heart Nap Time

Chicken Stir Fry by Hip 2 Save

Chicken Stir Fry by Hip 2 Save

Hawaiian Haystacks by Picky Palate

Hawaiian Haystacks by Picky Palate

Breakfast for Dinner by Our Best Bites

Breakfast for Dinner by Our Best Bites

One of my family’s favorites is breakfast for dinner! You can find OUR favorite breakfast recipe here and My sister Karine’s favorite here.

Tomato  Basil Soup w/grilled cheese sandwiches by Jenny Steffens

Tomato  Basil Soup w/grilled cheese sandwiches by Jenny Steffens

(LOVE, LOVE this recipe for tomato soup. You’d never know it was so cheap and simple to make!!)

Vegetable Soup by Cozy Country Living

Vegetable Soup by Cozy Country Living

(I add okra instead of broccoli because my husband loves it so much!)

Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps by Skinny Taste

Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps by Skinny Taste

(these are great for the waist line too)

Crock Pot Creamy Chicken NoodleSoup by Craft-o-Maniac

Crock Pot Creamy Chicken NoodleSoup by Craft-o-Maniac

Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole by The Pinning Mama

Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole by The Pinning Mama

( I like to use brown rice)

White Chicken Enchiladas by Joyful Momma's Kitchen

White Chicken Enchiladas by Joyful Momma’s Kitchen

(these have become my favorite recipe for enchiladas!)

Zuppa Toscana Soup by Eat Craft Parent

Zuppa Toscana Soup by Eat Craft Parent

(my favorite soup at Olive garden! I was so excited to find a recipe to make it at home AND to find how cheap and easy it was!)

Baked Potato Bar by Money Wise Moms

Baked Potato Bar by Money Wise Moms

Shephard's Pie by Creations by Kara

Shephard’s Pie by Creations by Kara

Sweet Ham and Swiss Sliders by Double the Batch

Sweet Ham and Swiss Sliders by Double the Batch

For even more frugal meal ideas, check out our 2nd version of this post: 15 Frugal Meals for KIDS!15 Frugal meals for kids. GREAT for picky eaters. Even greater for your wallet!

 

15 Frugal Meals For a Small Grocery Budget

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