Cheap Dinner Recipes for $5 or Less

50+ Cheap Dinner Recipes Ideas for $5 or Less.  This is the ultimate list for easy recipes for families on a budget! Also provides tips on how to grocery shop for dinner on a budget and save money! Bookmark this page!

50+ Cheap Dinner Recipes Ideas for $5 or Less.  This is the ultimate list for easy recipes for families on a budget! Also provides tips on how to grocery shop for dinner on a budget and save money! Bookmark this page!

Cheap Dinner Recipes

Can we have some real talk?  

Who doesn’t need a budget nowadays?

With rent, health insurance, student loan debt and childcare costs on the rise – does anyone actually have money to save nowadays?  With living costs increasing, but salaries not on the rise, we all need to be crafty with dinner recipes.     

If you’re looking at starting to budget your dinner meals, then you’ve come to the right place.  Maybe you’re looking for a full week’s worth of cheap dinner recipes, or maybe you’re just looking for 1-2 recipes a week. Either way, these recipes will save your family money!

How to Make Cheap Dinners

Here are some tips on creating dinner recipes on a budget:

  • Always look at what’s on sale.  Look at your grocery ad online before you head to the store.  
  • Improvise your meals depending on what’s on sale.  If the recipe calls for broccoli and it’s not on sale, but cauliflower is on sale, use cauliflower instead.
  • Make a list.  Decide before going to the store what supplies you need.  Don’t go off the list.  
  • Buy in season fruits and vegetables.   If they’re out of season, they will cost a lot more.
  • Visit farmers markets or vegetables stands for better deals.   
  • Buy in bulk if at all possible.  If you use rice often, buy a 15 pound bag of rice instead of buying small bags.  The same goes for beans, soaking beans overnight is going to save you lots of money instead of buying canned beans.
  • Think about leftovers.  If you’re cooking for a family of 2 or 3, can you make enough to last you 2 meals?  Maybe you need to buy a $2 loaf of French bread to last you the additional dinner (and you can freeze bread for later meals!).
  • Grow your own food, if at all possible.  For a pack of tomato seeds that cost $1, you can can enough tomato sauce to last you a year!
  • Buy vegetables in bulk and freeze them! If green beans are on sale, buy a few pounds and freeze them!  Here’s how to freeze green beans.
  • Buying meat in family packs is significantly cheaper than buying 1 serving.  I always buy the family pack of meat and freeze in individual bags once I get home from the store. 
  • Learn to love your slow cooker!  The crockpot can provide cheap and easy meals for families! 

Cheap Dinner Recipes for Families

All of the recipes below will cost you $5 or less.  They are all family friendly meals, that Mom, Dad and the kids will like!  

Here they are… click the link of each to get the recipe!

Ground Beef Cabbage Stir Fry

Parsley Parmesan Pasta

Cauliflower Pesto Pasta

Buttered Rice and Cabbage

Sheet Pan Sausage and Vegetables

Bok Choy Pasta

Pressure Cooker Creamy Baked Ziti

Polish Cabbage and Noodles

Creamy Orange Mushroom Pasta

Chicken and Dumpling Soup

Baked Pasta Casserole

Lemon Ricotta Pasta

Celery and Egg Noodles Soup

Spaghetti With Olive Oil and Garlic

Sweet Potato Lentil Curry

Cheesy Meatloaf Surprise

Strawberry Soup

Coconut Vegan Korma

Bean and Cheese Quesadillas

15 Minute Garlic Fried Noodles

Cherry Tomato Sauce Pasta

Smoky Lentil Stew

Indian Rice

Bacon Potato Layer Bake

Red Curry Stir Fry

Potato Goulash

Broccoli Potato Cheese Soup

Vegetarian Fried Rice

Homemade Alphaghetti

Pizza Chicken Skillet

Simple Pea Pasta

Potato Mushroom and Onion Skillet

One Pot Crab Pasta

Red Lentil Pasta

Mustard Pork Tenderloin

Pasta Con Ceci

Instant Pot Spaghetti

Hearty Bean Soup

Italian Pasta Salad

Instant Pot Pasta and Meatballs

Quick Cabbage Sausage Skillet

Garlic Naan Pizza

Instant Pot Salsa Chicken

Homemade Hamburger Helper

Quinoa Fried Rice

Thai Cashew Noodles

I hope this list helps you find cheap dinner recipes for your family!

Enjoy!

Best,
Pamela

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