Sometimes life happens- from being laid off to having your car break down. We can’t always control these unexpected expenses and sometimes have to cut back on our grocery budget. Last year, I had to leave my job due to some medical issues during my pregnancy. Our monthly income dropped by over 3k. It was a huge adjustment! We had to meticulously budget and lower the amount we were spending on groceries.

Below are some inexpensive meal ideas, that are not necessarily the healthiest option, but will definitely save you some money! In my area, I have access to “Cash Savers” grocery store, so items may not be as cheap in your area. Be sure to check prices, grocery apps and weekly store ads for the best deals!

1. Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup
-Loaf of bread $1.00
-Cheese Singles $2.00
-Can of Soup $0.80

2. Breakfast for Dinner
-Pancake Mix $2.00
-Syrup $1.33
-Dozen Eggs $0.75

3. Spaghetti
-Ground Turkey $2.00
-Spaghetti Noodles $1.00
-Pasta Sauce $0.75
-Can of green beans $0.50

4. Sloppy Joes
-Ground Turkey $2.00
-Hamburger Buns $1.00
-Can of Manwich $1.00

5. Bagel Pizzas
-Plain Bagels $2.00
-Pizza Sauce $1.00
-Shredded Mozzarella $2.00

6. Broccoli Cheddar Soup
-2 bags frozen broccoli $2.00
-Milk $2.00
-Shredded Cheese $2.00

7. Cheese Quesadillas
-Flour Tortillas $2.00
-Shredded Cheese $2.00

8. Five Cheese Ravioli
-Frozen Ravioli $3.00
-Generic Pasta Sauce $0.75
-Can of Vegetables $0.50

9. Potato Soup
-Potatoes $3.00
-Onion $0.50
-Milk $2.00
-Shredded Cheese $2.00

10. Tuna Salad Sandwiches with Chips
-Two cans of Tuna $1.00
-Generic Mayo $2.00
-Loaf of Bread $1.00
-Chips $2.00

11. Garlic Butter Noodles
-Generic Penne Pasta $1.00
-Generic Grated Parmesan Cheese $3.00
-Garlic Powder $1.00
-Can of Vegetables $0.50

12. Loaded Baked Potatoes
-Potatoes $3.00
-Shredded Cheese $2.00
-Sour Cream $1.00
-Generic Bacon Bits $2.00

13. Smoked Sausage and Rice
-2 packs of John Morrel Smoke Sausage $1.76 (depending on size of family, you may need more)
-1 box chicken/garlic Rice-a-Roni $1.00
-Can of Corn $0.50

14. Baked BBQ Drumsticks
-Tyson Chicken Drumsticks 4.5 lbs $5.44 (this can be split to use with another meal)
-Generic BBQ Sauce $1.00
-Generic Baked Beans $1.42
-Can of Green Beans $0.50

15. Cabbage Sausage Skillet
-1 Head of cabbage $1.74
-2 packs John Morrell Smoked Sausage $1.76
-1 box cornbread Mix $0.50

16. Chef Boyardee Cheese Pizza Kit
-Pizza Kit $2.98
-Shredded Italian Cheese $1.88

17. Tacos
-Ground Turkey $2.00
-Flour Tortillas $1.48
-Sour Cream (should have some left over from baked potatoes)
-Salsa $1.23
-Shredded Cheddar Cheese $1.88

18. BLT’s
-Bacon $3.33
-Loaf of bread $1.00
-Tomato $0.91
-Head of lettuce $1.48

19. Baked Buffalo Chicken Drumsticks
-Chicken Drumsticks (other half of package)
-1 jar buffalo sauce $0.98
-Can of Veggies $0.50
-Frozen french fries $1.68

20.Veggie Fried Rice
-Rice-a-Roni Stir Fry $1.00
-Can of Mixed Veggies $0.50
-Eggs $0.75
-Soy Sauce $1.36


That’s a wrap! Comment below and share some of your cheap go-to recipes