I need a months worth of cheap meals.

Tiffanie - posted on 09/13/2009 ( 23 moms have responded )




I am creating my shopping list right now for friday. I usually buy a months worth at a time. This month I want to try something different instead of eating the same stuff this time. I need quick and easy meals that doesn't cost much money. Thanx


Nicole - posted on 09/17/2009




There are a lot of replies here and I really can't read through them all, but if you would like I have tons of good recipes. I have a family of 4 and spend on average $150-250 every 2 weeks which I think is a pretty thrifty price. Also try momswhothink.com , great website!


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Jennifer - posted on 09/17/2009




You can make 2-3 meals for a family of 4-5 out of a big bag of chicken thighs...it's cheap too

Lydia - posted on 09/16/2009




Take Corned Beef (can), take Goya spanish style tomato sauce, onions, and a small potato. chop your onion and cut the small potato into slices (like french fries).

Sautee the onion and potato together with Pam cooking spray until onions are tender and fries are brown . Pour tomato sauce (1can) and add the corned beef let

cook for twenty minutes on medium heat. Serve with white rice and add a salad.

Serves a family of four. Trust me my husband loves it.

Kimberly - posted on 09/15/2009




If your talkin dollar meals than go for tv dinners. If you can't stand those than buy in bulk and make casseroles they are filling and cheap.

Dawn - posted on 09/15/2009




I agree with Shepherds Pie. Try adding in some tomato paste and oregeno for an Italian twist.

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I have 3 kids and a husband. My husband gets paid once a month and I manage to do once a month grocery shopping and have it last. Sam's Club and Walmart. You can buy in bulk and both stores are the cheapest.

Kisha - posted on 09/15/2009




Tuna Casserole - 1 bag extra wide noodles, 1 can cream of mushroom soup, 1 small can peas and carrots, sour cream, milk, salt and pepper. Cook at 350 for 30 mins. If you have some doritos lying around you can top off the casserole( break them up) and bake for the last 5 minutes.

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When at the store stock up on On*Cor and Banquet Family meals. They are cheap and they taste really good. Especially the Salisbury Steak and Gravy. Turkey and Gravy. Lasagna oh and Chicken Parmingna. Yum Yum. Add a can of veggies or frozen veggies (usually cheaper) Frozen peas don't turn out well everything else does. And Instant taters. Dinner's done.

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First off I have 5 people in my household so my recipes will feed between 5-7 people.

Shephard's Pie. 1 lb. hamburger 2 cans of veggies (peas & corn) and Instant taters made for 12 people (I know on the taters it seems a lot it will make sense) Brown the hamburger with salt and pepper and then put in the bottom of a 13X9 baking dish. drain each can of veggies and add to the baking dish and mix all the ingredients and then with the prepared taters spread all of them on top of the beef mixture. Heat oven at 350 and bake for 30 minutes. All done. If you like some like it with gravy over the mixture when it is done baking. Use the gravy packets. It requires a packet of gravy and some water.

Rebecca - posted on 09/15/2009




do all my shopping at the 1st of the month and i buy bulk i have 3 teens i know what its like single mom with 3 teens they eat more than u do...buying in bulk is a good thing...

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can i ask a question how do u manage to do groceries once a month with children??? lol. sorry 4 the question but with my kids im luck to go 1 week... 3 days and all the good stuff is gone.

Rebecca - posted on 09/14/2009




i have a few that everyone likes and u can make so much that u can freeze it and still will be good ... homemade chicken noodle soup is fast and easy i hve made that and it went a long ways for the tight at the end of the month meals... hit me up for them i would be glad to share some ideas

Ruth - posted on 09/14/2009




I make what I call "Poor Grad Student Chili", it's basically chili made from 1 pound of dry beans, a can of diced tomatoes and 1/2 pound of cheap meat (ground beef or chuck roast, usually). I use 1 onion, several cloves of garlic, chili powder, 1-2 bay leaves, salt, and oregano for seasonings. Soak the beans (or boil 10 minutes an cook in a crock pot). Make sure you add the tomatoes AFTER the beans are all cooked, otherwise they won't get soft.

Nicole - posted on 09/14/2009




Hi there! I have recipes 1 Chicken, 17 Healthy Meals, $26 Bucks, No Mayo. If you're interested, please email me at nikki.ducas@yahoo.com.

Tara - posted on 09/14/2009




You could try www.allrecipes.com - they have a really good site, you can store your favorite recipes online (you have to create an account, but it's free), plus they have shopping lists, etc - all of it is printable too so you can print out your favorites - they also have an email option where you get sent a daily email with recipes, tips, etc.

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Cheaper hamburger helper -- 2 boxes of mac & cheese, 1lb of ground beef, and any veggies or other things you wanna add. Usually makes about 4 servings, and costs only about $5.

Honey ham -- while the initial purchase of a ham can be a little expensive (about $15-$20), it lasts anywhere from 4-6 meals. Just get a whole ham (as large as you think you need), and then mix equal parts honey and brown sugar for a glaze. Bake it at 350 for 45 minutes to an hour, depending on how done you like it. Add a side dish like mashed potatoes, and you can stretch this out for a week or more.

I've got a whole notebook filled with fairly cheep recipes like that (things that last 2+ meals and cost very little). Feel free to message me if you want some others.

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Hi there Tiffanie, I also need recipes to last and something different 2.Thought i'd let you know that i found a community group on here called recipe swap,just go above clivk on comunities and find recipe swap ..lots of ideas on that group that you can look at with questions asked similiar to yours..Hope that helps..:-)

Anita - posted on 09/14/2009




u can make spaghetti sauce and freeze it and reheat when needed, this goes the same for lasagnas, risotto cakes, pies (beef, chiicken or even shepherds), queches etc...If make some pasta one day you cna use the left overs for pasta bake or add some vegies to it and make some filo pastry...all the above can be served up with mash, roast/steamed vegies or salad...

Dina - posted on 09/13/2009




When I am trying to creat meals for the long run I usually make all the comfort foods and freeze them! Like Lasagna and so on. I was recently given a book called Chicken Soup for the Soul Recipes for Busy Moms and there are some great super easy recipes in it! Also I joined up with Campbells and Betty Crocker on their websites and I get weekly recipes and they give you coupons! Good luck!

Jamie - posted on 09/13/2009




I know how you feel groceries have gotten so expensive these days!! I have lots of good recipes, the cheapest I can think of right off the top of my head is one of my husbands faves! Texmex pintos with mexican cornbread. Message me and I will give you the scoop, its super cheap and feeds a crowd.

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