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Choose Good Cheap Ingredients

Don’t complicate things. Choose recipes with regularly inexpensive ingredients.

Choose Good Cheap Ingredients - Don't complicate things. Choose recipes with regularly inexpensive ingredients.

It’s great when you find a great coupon or a killer deal on clearance, but you can’t always count on those. Instead you need to have some go-to’s that are tasty as well as cheap to make.

One of the best ways to save money on groceries is to track down easy recipes that use regularly affordable ingredients. Think about recipes that focus on beans, rice, eggs, potatoes, and baking supplies. These are typically on the lower end of prices, allowing you to save on the overall grocery bill.

Recipes that make good use of leftovers or that let you build into a next meal will help you stretch your dollar even farther.

These kinds of recipes are what you’ll find in my latest book Good Cheap Eats: Everyday Dinners and Fantastic Feasts for $10 or Less. (affiliate link)

Here’s a sampling of some of those recipes:

Choose Good Cheap Ingredients - Don't complicate things. Choose recipes with regularly inexpensive ingredients.

Poorman’s Chicken Caesar Salad

Make a Chicken Caesar Salad from scratch without spending a ton on pricey ingredients.

Choose Good Cheap Ingredients - Don't complicate things. Choose recipes with regularly inexpensive ingredients.

MinTea

Transform inexpensive black tea into a healthier, sweetened mint-flavored iced beverage.

Choose Good Cheap Ingredients - Don't complicate things. Choose recipes with regularly inexpensive ingredients.

Orange–Chocolate Chip Cookies

Bake someone happy with these delicious chocolate chip cookies scented with orange zest.

Choose Good Cheap Ingredients - Don't complicate things. Choose recipes with regularly inexpensive ingredients.

Simple Bean Tostadas

My children do a happy dance when these low-cost tostadas are on the menu.

Choose Good Cheap Ingredients - Don't complicate things. Choose recipes with regularly inexpensive ingredients.

Tastiest-Ever Scalloped Potatoes

These potatoes are pretty out-of-this-world. My husband kept going back for more last Easter that I was worried he’d eat them ALL. I made myself sick trying to keep up with him!

Choose Good Cheap Ingredients - Don't complicate things. Choose recipes with regularly inexpensive ingredients.

Pumpkin-Onion-Poppy Rolls

These easy to mix up rolls are perfect for fall, alongside a bowl of chili or stew.

What’s YOUR favorite cheap recipe to make?

Choose Good Cheap Ingredients - Don't complicate things. Choose recipes with regularly inexpensive ingredients.

Save Money on Groceries

This is part of the How to Save Money on Groceries series. Scroll through the archives to get tips and tricks for reducing your grocery total at the checkout stand.

Disclosure: This post does include affiliate links. If you make a purchase through those links, I am paid a small amount in way of advertising fees. Your price does not change, but your purchase indirectly helps keep this show on the road. So thanks!

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  1. These are my go to meals when money is tight.
    Ham and pinto beans with cornbread (made with leftover ham and dried beans)
    Ham and potato soup (made with leftover ham)
    Pasta with homemade meat sauce (purchase ground beef in bulk when it is on sale and then freeze it in recipe size batches)
    Chicken noodle soup (made with inexpensive thigh meat)
    Grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup

  2. Nia Hanna says:

    I think my favorite cheap recipe to make is bread/ bread items (rolls- cinnamon and otherwise, pizza, baguettes) you name it I like making it. All the better when I can make a successful 100% whole wheat product. I’m really lacking the baking/cooking motivation for the past 3 weeks though. I’ve got something weird going on with my digestion so that everything I drink & eat is causing me pain. I know you mentioned digestive discomfort a couple weeks ago. Did you figure out what that was? Did it just get out of your way so that you’re fine now? I’m hoping the Dr. can figure out what’s goin’ on with me, ’cause I’m stumped!

  3. I couldn’t agree more. Over the years, my meals get simpler and simpler and I plan them around the things you mentioned. We eat a lot of Mexican food w/ beans & rice. We eat lots of potatoes in the form of baked potatoes w/ fun toppings, with eggs for breakfast, in soups, and mashed as a side dish. I also bake pizza, bread, muffins, cookies, & more for snacks and desserts. Great tip here!

  4. I love making cabinet soup, especially when money is tight. I usually have homemade stock in the freezer and I just add this and that from the cabinet/fridge/freezer to make a yummy soup. I like to just pair it with bread or a sandwich on the side. The only problem is I rarely make it the same way twice so it’s hard to remake it when the family asks for it again.

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