More Low Cost Meals – Battling rising grocery costs

If you shop for groceries, you’ve probably noticed that prices are going up.   And up.  And up.

Over 3 years ago, I wrote a post on low cost meals.  I think it’s time for another list of go-to recipes when the budget is tight.

As I said in the original post, some foods tend to make for lower cost meals.  Pasta, rice, beans and eggs are all great items to build your meal on when you’re trying to save cash.  Soup tends to be less expensive per serving, as well.

Here are some of my favorite budget meals: 


Pepperoni Pizza Pasta

Pesto and Crushed Tomato Shells

Angel Hair with Red Onion and Black Olives

Fire Roasted Tomato Sauce with Two Cheeses

Pasta Soup

Baked Pasta with Cauliflower and Cheese

Bacon and Tomato Pasta

Mac & Cheddar with Broccoli

Roasted Garlic, Brown Butter & Parmesan Pasta


Hamburger Pasta Soup

Smoked Sausage, Cabbage and Oat Soup

Cheese Soup

Creamy Potato Soup

Bean and Bacon Soup

Ham, Broccoli and Cheddar Soup

Ham and Potato Chowder

Cream of Cauliflower Soup

Cream of Broccoli Soup

Potato Soup


Slow Cooker Beans for the Freezer – maybe the cheapest and best meal on the list

Refried Bean Quesadillas

Bean and Cheese Enchiladas

Red Beans and Rice with Ham

South of the Border Skillet

Eggs and Other Breakfast-for-Dinner Meals

Scrambled Eggs, Ham & Muenster Skillet

Scrambled Eggs and Peppers

Garden Frittata

Bread Eggs

Whole Wheat Pancakes

Whole Wheat Apple Pancakes

Gingerbread Pancakes with Sweet Cider Syrup

Gingerbread Waffles with Vanilla Cream Sauce

Whole Wheat Waffles with Honey Cinnamon Butter

More Meals that Don’t Fit Previous Categories

Mini Deep Dish Pizzas

Ham & Pineapple Fried Rice

Bubble & Squeak

Inexpensive Desserts

Apple Crisp in the Slow Cooker – good for using old apples

Chocolate Cobbler in the Slow Cooker

Zucchini Carrot Cake

Chocolate Drop cookies

Peach Crisp in the Slow Cooker

Chocolatey Texas Sheet Cake

We’re talking about combating rising food costs in the Ebates Savvy Living Community too.  Join in the conversation and let us know how you keep costs down.



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  1. Eat vegetarian several times a week – not just beans but egg meals, vegetable sauces on pasta or rice. We rarely eat out or eat junk/processed food. Planned overs and menu plans means that there is less wastage too.

    Lowering portion sizes and cutting out snacks have helped our budget and waist lines!

  2. I sure needed to find this today, GOd is good! I wasn’t even looking. Definitely will be back. THank you! I plan to share as well…

  3. I use old things in different ways.
    Brown and soft bananas can be chopped and frozen for banana bread, smoothies, or even pureed for banana ice cream.

    Soft grapes – eewie
    Put them in a zip lock bag and freeze them. Makes a great cold snack. They taste like little popcycles.

    If your costco size bag of carrots is coming upon it’s expiration date… chop, blanch and freeze. Use them in soups and stews later.


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