budget friendly meal ideas for family of 6?

Emili - posted on 12/15/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )




we are sooooo tired of spaghetti and tuna noodle casserole lol...my kids are all really good eaters and my fiance is in his third year at ou so we are on a really strict budget and can only allow for $400 a month for food right now.

Babatope, Emili, Abby, Kaiya, Quincy, and Journey


Eva - posted on 12/20/2009




get you some backed beans , groundmeat and 2 can of buscuit dough cook the groundmeat season it with garlic and alil season salt add the baked bean put it in a bakin pan put the uncooked biscuit dough on top of it push them down just a lil not to where they are covered then get some grated cheese put in the over it bake it for however long it taked the biscuits to cook and you have a complete meal its my kids favorite and it filling i hope this will be helpful eva marie

Clara - posted on 12/19/2009




buy potatoes! in a sack u can make fires,mashed n baked potatoes n add like veggies n or ground meat with like sloppy joe sauce. it comes on to well here in ny to 7 dollars all together n makes enough for 6 ppl plus 1 extra meal for ur guy to take 4 lunch the next day...

another favorite is bbq chicken sandwiches with potato chips....bbq sauce like 1.99 a bottle n a lb of chicken cut into cubes about 4 or 5 bucks n the chips 1.99!!!

here we have alot of family fun nights with meals. i have 4 kids age 8 to 16 months. we all eat the samething...n it's fun to make up cheap n fun meals.


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meatballs in tomato sauce with rice is great and also cottage pie ? Buy a large portion of cheaper mincemeat and drain the fat off when you've cooked it. Its as good as the expensive lean version. I can give you the recipes if you are interested, they are quick and easy to do and cheap to make. Have a lovely sunday :)

Valerie - posted on 12/17/2009




soup is budget friendly and there are oodles of recipes out on the web (some of the cheapest are potato and bean and pea soup, squash soup, lentil soup)...fried rice, stuffed baked potatoes, pasta with a white sauce that has vegetables and a little meat in it...you could make a turkey and then have turkey soup, turkey casserole with rice or stuffing...grilled cheese and tomato soup, fried egg sandwiches...dont buy a lot of processed foods as they are expensive...congrats to you and your fiance!

Louise - posted on 12/16/2009




i cook for 7 of us on a budget
we do have alot of pasta dishes i use tagatelli one week then maybe a pasta bake another and spagetti bolognese another then they dont get so bored but always got lots of pasta and tins of tomatoes some times doing cheeses sauces cheese triangles made a good base for a cheap cheese sauce chuck in some garlic or chives i use tinned meatballs or chicken instead of bolognese or tuna
jacket potatoes toppings baked beans and cheese colselaw and salad
sausages and mash
chicken wraps made with chicken burgers cut up and lettuce mayonaise and tortilla wraps
stir fry vegs meats and sauces can all be changed for variety
curry is another of my kids fav im not sure of the price of stuff in usa as in from england
but i find u can buy some frozen chicken quiet cheaply here or bulk ur curry up with vegetables

Debbie - posted on 12/16/2009




Also, I make abit too much and just freeze it for another day. This way if someone doesn't like what's on the menu, I can just warm something up for them and everyone wins! It's not easy making loads of different meals lol x

Debbie - posted on 12/16/2009




I have a family of 7, with another due in 8 weeks and 4 days. I buy the cheapest products as you get more from them and just add herbs and spices for extra taste. I find this helps, and the children don't even realise! Also, i fill our sweetie jars and buiscut tin with own brands, and again no one realises. Hope this helps x

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