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25 Delicious & Budget-Friendly Meals!

I have been on a budget since we had kids and even before then! It’s not hard to stick to a budget when it comes to grocery shopping and planning meals. Look for your favorite items on sale, and buy in bulk, as it’s more economical. Make a meal plan every week; this way you know what your meals will be and you will shop for necessary items. Eat leftovers, and serve the leftovers with different sides to change it up. Here you will find some of the best budget friendly meals on the web that are so delicious!


Easy Cheesy Beef Enchiladas

Enchiladas are an easy, delicious meal. One pound of ground beef goes a long way. Recipe Moore or Less Cooking Food Blog

Pasta and Bean Soup (Pasta E Fagioli) with Ham and Escarole

This is a whole-meal soup that draws its hearty peasant flavor from beans, onions, garlic, celery, carrots, ham, tiny pasta, and escarole. Recipe Moore or Less Cooking Food Blog

Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Burritos

This recipe makes 7 hearty burritos! Recipe Moore or Less Cooking Food Blog

Easy Chicken Noodle Soup 

This tasty soup can be made in under a half hour and soups are so budget friendly! Recipe Moore or Less Cooking Food Blog

Ham and Pea Soup 

Great use of a leftover ham with just a few ingredients.Recipe Moore or Less Cooking

Chicken Alfredo Pasta

A kids’ favorite and makes 10 servings! Recipe Moore or Less Cooking

Insanely Cheesy And Creamy Mac & Cheese

Using three different types of cheeses with a custard base! Recipe From Cupcakes To Caviar

Easy Lasagna 

Delicious lasagna with half the work! Recipe Moore or Less Cooking

Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken

Melt in your mouth, and so flavorful! Recipe Moore or Less Cooking

One-Pot Pepperoni Pizza Pasta

Super Simple and inexpensive too. All the flavors of your favorite pizza in a pasta dish. All ingredients can be purchased at Aldi for under $8 and feed a larger family. Recipe Cincy Shopper

Mexican Stuffed Pasta Shells

A delicious comforting Mexican casserole. Serves 10! Recipe Moore or Less Cooking Food Blog

Slow Cooker Sour Cream Beef Stroganoff

Save money by buying a roast and cutting it up yourself. Inexpensive cuts of beef make the best slow cooker recipes! Recipe Moore or Less Cooking Food Blog

Homemade Crock Pot Marinara Sauce

Sauce is so expensive in the markets! Not when you make it homemade! Recipe Life Currents



This post originally aired on Parade, Community Table, written by Nettie Moore.

Nettie Moore is the cook, baker, photographer and designer behind Moore or Less Cooking Food Blog. Nettie is a self trained cook and baker. She loves creating easy recipes that don’t call for a lot of unknown ingredients. Nettie’s Blueberry Skillet Cake has been featured in Taste Of Home Magazine and her Peach Raspberry Pie has won awards! She was born and raised in Southern California and now calls New England her home, where she lives with her husband and two children. Follow her on her blog Moore Or Less Cooking, Facebook, and Pinterest

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Friday 29th of January 2016

This is a great collection of budget-friendly meals! Thanks so much! I'm trying to be better about my budget lately. I've pinned this to make all of these later!


Friday 29th of January 2016

Thank you Debi! Yes, it is a process of planning ahead, hope you enjoy these recipes! Nettie

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