budget meals http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/15706/all en-US Great Summertime Grilling for Any Budget http://www.wisebread.com/great-summertime-grilling-for-any-budget <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/great-summertime-grilling-for-any-budget" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/handsome_male_preparing_barbecue.jpg" alt="Handsome male preparing barbecue" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Grilling at home is a beloved summer activity but it can get really expensive, depending on what you buy and how often you grill it. In addition to the cost of food, you also have to pay for fuel to run the grill. A gas grill is cheaper to run than a charcoal grill, at about $1 per grilling session versus about $3 for a charcoal grill. But buying a gas grill is more expensive up front than a charcoal grill, depending on which grill you choose. I switched to a gas grill years ago, and the higher cost of the gas grill has been offset by the lower cost of operation over the years. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-reasons-you-should-be-grilling-on-gas?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Reasons You Should Be Grilling on Gas</a>)</p> <p>I investigated prices for items to grill at my local grocery store and found several items you can grill for $1 or less per four-ounce serving, or $4 per pound. Chicken and vegetables are the big winners for the cheapest things to grill. Watch out for steaks and fish, as these pricier items can run over $5 per four-ounce serving. Using my account at my grocery store, Hy-Vee Aisles Online, I was able to gather these prices per serving. Prices in your area may vary somewhat, but these 24 items are sure to be among the cheapest things you can make on the grill.</p> <h2>1. Bananas</h2> <p>You can throw bananas right on the grill for a very cheap grilled dessert. Add flavors such as vanilla or cinnamon for a novel treat.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: 15 cents per serving.</p> <h2>2. Chicken drumsticks</h2> <p>Add barbecue sauce or Sriracha sauce to chicken drumsticks before grilling for some flavorful grilled protein.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: 24 cents per serving.</p> <h2>3. Chicken thighs</h2> <p>Not everyone likes chicken drumsticks, so grill some cheap chicken thighs, too.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: 25 cents per serving.</p> <h2>4. Pineapple</h2> <p>Once McDonald's tried to sell a hamburger with a grilled slice of pineapple instead of meat. It didn&rsquo;t catch on at McDonald's, but grilled pineapple is a cheap side dish, or you can throw it on a bun with condiments for a great vegetarian option.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: 26 cents per serving.</p> <h2>5. Hot dogs (store or cheap brand)</h2> <p>Hot dogs are one of the cheapest meats you can grill, especially if you go for the cheapest brand.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: 35 cents per serving.</p> <h2>6. Onions</h2> <p>Throw some sliced onions on a sheet of aluminum foil with some butter, and you&rsquo;ll have a grilled treat to put on top of hamburgers or to serve as a side dish.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: 44 cents per serving.</p> <h2>7. Zucchini</h2> <p>There is no reason not to grill some vegetables along with your meat. Wrap some sliced zucchini in foil with a pat of butter for some easy grilled veggies.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: 50 cents per serving.</p> <p>See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-grilled-veggie-dishes-that-hold-their-own-with-meat?ref=seealso" target="_blank">15 Grilled Veggie Dishes That Hold Their Own With Meat</a></p> <h2>8. Eggplant</h2> <p>Slice up an eggplant, spray it with cooking oil, and grill it up for a side dish or even to put on a bun and eat as a veggie alternative to a hamburger.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: 50 cents per serving.</p> <h2>9. Corn on the cob</h2> <p>With a little prep, you can grill a couple ears of sweet corn for well under $1 and avoid running the microwave on a hot day.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: 67 cents per serving.</p> <h2>10. Chicken breasts (boneless/skinless)</h2> <p>Serve grilled chicken breasts on a bun, or on their own as a main course for well under $1 per serving.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: 75 cents per serving.</p> <h2>11. Ground beef</h2> <p>You can sometimes find special offers on cheap ground beef, so stock up and put it in your freezer for cheap grilling all summer long.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: 75 cents per serving.</p> <h2>12. Jalapeño peppers</h2> <p>Add some spice to your meals by grilling some fresh jalapeño peppers. Spray them with cooking oil and put them right on the grill or set them on a sheet of aluminum foil. Add some cheese in the middle of each pepper before grilling to make your own jalapeño poppers.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: 75 cents per serving.</p> <h2>13. Pork loin</h2> <p>Grilled pork tastes great and is typically cheaper than most cuts of beef.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: 83 cents per serving.</p> <h2>14. Pork loin butterfly chop</h2> <p>This is another cheap alternative to more expensive steaks.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: 83 cents per serving.</p> <h2>15. Hamburger (fresh, 80% lean)</h2> <p>You can upgrade to fresh ground hamburger for a few cents more per serving, which can be worth it for the extra flavor.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: 83 cents per serving.</p> <h2>16. Beef ribs</h2> <p>I picked up a cheap pack of boneless beef ribs and it was one of the best things I have grilled so far this year.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: 87 cents per serving.</p> <h2>17. Frozen pizza</h2> <p>You can actually cook a pizza on your grill. This can be a great alternative to firing up your oven inside on a hot day. A grilled cheese pizza or veggie pizza is a nice option at your cookout for people who are not carnivores.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: 93 cents per serving.</p> <h2>18. Ground chuck (steak burger)</h2> <p>Ground steak makes for delicious hamburgers, and even though it seems like it would be a pricey meat option, you can try ground chuck steak without going over $1 per serving.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: $1.00 per serving.</p> <h2>19. Pork top loin chops</h2> <p>Pork typically costs less than beef, making it ideal for cheap grilling. A pork top loin chop is a boneless cut from the loin, which is lean and tender meat.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: $1.00 per serving.</p> <h2>20. Pork loin rib-eye chop</h2> <p>Pork loin rib-eyes are a boneless pork chop cut from the rib area of the pork loin.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: $1.00 per serving.</p> <h2>21. Pork loin porterhouse chop</h2> <p>A pork loin porterhouse chop usually has a &quot;T&quot; shaped bone in the cut and includes a section of loin on one side and tenderloin on the other.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: $1.00 per serving.</p> <h2>22. Asparagus</h2> <p>Asparagus is an easy vegetable to grill and adds some class to any grilled meal.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: $1.00 per serving.</p> <h2>23. Ground Turkey</h2> <p>The ground turkey was a bit higher than $1 per serving at my grocery store on the day I checked prices, but with a bit of digging I am sure ground turkey can be found for less than $4 per pound to bring it into the realm of cheap grilling.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: $1.05 per serving.</p> <h2>24. Bratwurst</h2> <p>Bratwurst was also a bit higher than $1 per 4 oz serving at my local store, but this price was for some fresh bratwurst in a variety of flavors. With some power shopping, cheaper bratwurst can be had and enjoyed for less than $1 per serving.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: $1.07 per serving.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/table.jpg" width="602" height="605" alt="" /></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? 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But even my grocery bill pales in comparison to what the rest of the world spends on basic nutrition.</p> <p>Americans spend <em>less </em>money as a percentage of income on food than people of any other country in the world. On average, only <a href="http://www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/ag-and-food-statistics-charting-the-essentials/food-prices-and-spending.aspx">6% of our household budget</a> goes to pay for food, compared to the French, who eat through 14% of their income, or the Kenyans, who spend 45% of each paycheck on groceries.</p> <p>But even though it seems like we may be saving money on food compared to the rest of the world, what is the real cost of cheap eats? Let's find out.</p> <h2>It Costs Tax Payers 20 Billion Dollars Per Year</h2> <p>Although fresh produce is out of the budget range of many Americans, the sick irony is that food, especially packaged food, is cheaper in the United States than pretty much anywhere else in the world. This is because the cost of crops like corn is kept artificially low by the government.</p> <p>Food in the United States wasn't always this cheap, though. In 1960 our <a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2015/03/02/389578089/your-grandparents-spent-more-of-their-money-on-food-than-you-do">grandparents were spending about 17.5%</a> of their income on food. Then, in the 1970s, Earl Butz, Nixon's Secretary of Agriculture, re-engineered New Deal farm programs that were meant to stabilize the food supply, into a support system for the factory farming of corn and soy.</p> <p>Starting in 1971, crops like corn, soy, and wheat started getting heavily subsidized &mdash; to the tune of 20 billion dollars a year. What this means is that corn farmers can make more money from their government subsidy than they do by actually selling corn. Of course, since farmers have such a wonderful incentive to grow corn, they grow lots and lots of it.</p> <h2>We Pay for Cheap Food Twice</h2> <p>So how do farmers dispose of their artificially cheap product, paid for, in part, by taxpayer dollars? By selling it to food manufacturers as filler, preservatives, and binding agents. Surprise! All those mystery ingredients listed on food packages like citric acid, fructose, sorbitol, dextrose, lactic acid, MSG, malt, and diglycerides are all corn byproducts. And, each of these non-food ingredients contains calories.</p> <h2>We End Up Spending More Money on Health Care</h2> <p>Documentary films like <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B017JLWVPY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B017JLWVPY&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=SRYAPRKLX6ILCMPD">Super Size Me</a> and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002VRZEYM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B002VRZEYM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=ILATPAZ6BC255M5L">Food Inc.</a> have spotlighted the health consequences of cheap food, especially on America's poor. But obesity, heart disease, and diabetes are not the only health problems linked to fast food. A Harvard Medical School study also found that <a href="http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/think-fast-when-kids-want-fast-food-201301315846">children who eat fast food</a> three times a week had increased risks of asthma and eczema.</p> <p>U.S. farmers actually produce the equivalent of <a href="http://www.usda.gov/factbook/chapter2.htm">3,800 calories per person</a> per day. This is at least <a href="http://www.cnpp.usda.gov/sites/default/files/usda_food_patterns/EstimatedCalorieNeedsPerDayTable.pdf">1,000 calories more per day</a> than is recommended for people who are moderately active. So is it any wonder that Americans are fat?</p> <h2>It Causes Poverty and Hunger</h2> <p>As a result of NAFTA, Mexico has been flooded with cheap, government subsidized corn from the United States. Mexico, which is the birthplace of corn, now imports a third of its corn from America.</p> <p>There are some huge problems with other nations becoming dependent on subsidized American crops. First, Mexican corn farmers who were unable to compete against the artificially low cost of imported U.S. corn were forced out of business. Obviously, when farmers lose their farms, they don't grow food to eat, they don't grow food to sell, and without work, they have no money to buy food. Millions of Mexican farmers lost their jobs due to cheap, imported food. Also, when poor countries become dependent on cheap imported foods, they risk a food crisis when there is a price spike on staple foods. This can lead to widespread hunger, which is what happened in Mexico with corn in 2007 and in the Philippines with rice in 2008.</p> <h2>The Environmental Cost Is Staggering</h2> <p>To quote FDR, &quot;A nation that destroys its soil destroys itself.&quot; Farming is difficult and expensive, so many farmers are forced to max out production or go out of business. This 'go big or go broke' behavior is not financially or environmentally sustainable. Monoculture farming, although extremely efficient, burns through resources like water and topsoil. Commercial agriculture is currently <a href="http://modernfarmer.com/2015/07/ogallala-aquifer-depletion/">draining groundwater</a> in the Midwest about eight times faster than rain is putting it back in. This could lead to a second Dust Bowl.</p> <h2>Animals Pay the Price</h2> <p>If you forced a dog to live in a small box for its entire life, you could be arrested for animal cruelty and your neighbors would treat you like a pariah. What most people don't want to think about is that this kind of torture is the typical experience of <a href="http://www.rollingstone.com/feature/belly-beast-meat-factory-farms-animal-activists">factory-farmed chickens, pigs, and cows</a>. Some animals will only see daylight on the day that they are slaughtered. Animal cruelty is the price of cheap meat.</p> <h2>The Working Conditions Are Terrible</h2> <p>Animals aren't the only ones that subsidize low food prices with their bodies. Last year an investigation by The Guardian revealed that much of the <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2014/jun/10/supermarket-prawns-thailand-produced-slave-labour">shrimp that the U.S. imports from Thailand</a> was the work product of slaves. But slave labor doesn't just happen in the Third World. Thousands of farm workers in the United States work in very poor conditions. More than 1,200 people have been rescued from <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/08/26/139972669/the-unsavory-story-of-industrially-grown-tomatoes">agricultural slavery rings in Florida</a> alone.</p> <h2>You Risk Sickness</h2> <p>While Chipotle is blaming its multistate <a href="http://www.eater.com/2016/2/5/10922434/chipotle-e-coli-beef-australia">E. Coli outbreak on Australian beef</a>, it's frankly shocking that this type of mass food poisoning doesn't happen more often.</p> <p>For starters, it is common practice in the United States to <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2013/12/we-feed-cows-chicken-poop">feed cows chicken poop</a>. Also, in order to cut costs, some slaughterhouses have managed to speed up their kill lines by 50%. Not only does this massive increase in volume result in more <a href="http://foodsafety.news21.com/2011/safety/inspection/feces/">food contamination from fecal matter</a>, but also more animal abuse and human rights violations. Stool run-off from factory farming, or Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations in agribusiness parlance, <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1817674/">pollute the water table</a> and create <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/28/AR2010022803978.html?sid=ST2010030100323">dead zones</a> in oceans and rivers.</p> <h2>We're Funding the Zombie Apocalypse</h2> <p>One of modern life's existential horrors is the rise of antibiotic resistant bacteria caused by antibiotic overuse. So, while parents are becoming more selective about dosing their kids for minor illnesses, these same moms and dads are unaware that livestock in the United States &mdash; because the animals are constantly sick from a diet of garbage and from standing in their own waste &mdash; is pumped full of antibiotics. In fact, the FDA has confirmed that <a href="http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2011/02/fda-confirms-80-percent-of-antibiotics-used-in-animal-ag/#.Vx-nJqMrKRt">animal agriculture consumes 80% of all antibiotics</a> used in America. While meat producers argue that they are not breeding superbugs along with their livestock, a team of researchers from the <a href="http://cid.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2011/04/14/cid.cir181.full.pdf">Translational Genomics Research Institute</a> discovered that one in four packages of meat and poultry in the United States contains multidrug resistant staph bacteria.</p> <h2>What Can One Person Do?</h2> <p>Ugh. All of this is terrible. Is it actually possible to eat responsibly without going broke or supporting human trafficking? Here are some things to consider.</p> <h3>1. Don't Waste Food</h3> <p>When food goes to waste, you not only waste money, you waste all the water, fertilizer, and labor that went into growing the food and transporting it to your plate. So, even if you don't know if your food is ethically produced, you don't have to be the weakest link.</p> <h3>2. Eat Healthy on a Budget</h3> <p>Eating a really <a href="http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/3/12/e004277.full?sid=820d6e1a-280e-47a6-b8c5-498bfa4657e3">healthy diet costs $1.50 more per day</a> than eating an unhealthy diet. And $550 per year is a steep cost for many people, but compared to diet-related health costs, this is chump change. Every effort to eat healthy is a reward to your body, so just do as much as you can afford.</p> <p>Luckily, even people on food assistance can eat healthy. Leanne Brown created <a href="https://8b862ca0073972f0472b704e2c0c21d0480f50d3.googledrive.com/host/0Bxd6wdCBD_2tdUdtM0d4WTJmclU/good-and-cheap.pdf">Good and Cheap</a>, a free online cookbook for people living on the SNAP budget of $4 per day for food. The book is beautifully photographed and the recipes are delicious. Brown's recipes encourage flexibility &mdash; because staying on budget means cooking with what's on sale and available. She has made it easy to substitute ingredients and still prepare yummy meals.</p> <h3>3. Eat Less Meat</h3> <p>Livestock accounts for 18% of greenhouse gases. So one simple thing that everyone can do to slow down global warming is to eat less meat. Personally, my husband and I <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/my-2016-budget-challenge-finding-food">save a ton of money</a> by eating lower on the food chain. We are &quot;domestic vegetarians,&quot; who eat meatless, homemade meals during the week.</p> <h3>4. Drink Less Sugar</h3> <p>A recent study of school children in my neighborhood revealed that 40% of their calorie intake came from sugary beverages. (It should come as no surprise that childhood obesity is at epidemic levels in my area.) When this fact was brought to light, a number of families were able to make one healthy dietary change that also saves them hundreds of dollars every year: they started drinking tap water instead of soda.</p> <h3>5. Shop Seasonally</h3> <p>Buy in-season produce. If you see peaches at the grocery store in December, you can pretty much assume that fruit was grown outside of the country. You will pay extra for the shipping costs of your food, and the planet will pay the cost of the transport in the form of more pollution.</p> <p>Also, from a straight-up foodie standpoint, produce that must be transported is bred for shipping, not for flavor, which is why store-bought tomatoes are tasteless. In-season produce, which has been allowed to ripen on the plant or in the field, not only taste better than produce that was picked green, but is more nutritious.</p> <h3>6. Shop Locally</h3> <p>Support your local growers. It costs a lot of money to grow high quality food, sustainably. Even if you cannot afford to buy all your food locally, every little purchase counts, and all that money goes back to your own community. Also, it pays to ask around. I literally get tons of free backyard fruit donated to me every year by neighbors who can't eat through all their backyard produce and don't want it to go to waste. There are ways to find low cost food with a low carbon footprint pretty much everywhere. Just do what you can.</p> <p><em>Are you concerned about the impact of cheap food on the planet? What do you do to eat more responsibly?</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? 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Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-ghetto-mac-yours-for-1">The GHETTO MAC - yours for $1.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/should-there-be-a-fat-tax-on-junk-food">Should There Be a &quot;Fat Tax&quot; on Junk Food?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/peanut-butter-the-poor-man-s-protein">Peanut Butter: The Poor Man’s Protein</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/healthy-frugal-eating">Healthy, frugal eating</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-new-face-of-poverty-is-fat">The new face of poverty is fat</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Health and Beauty budget meals Cheap Food dollar menus Fast Food food budget Health junk food Wed, 27 Apr 2016 10:00:09 +0000 Max Wong 1698447 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: 80+ Amazing Meals for Under $5 http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-80-amazing-meals-for-under-5 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-80-amazing-meals-for-under-5" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/pasta_dinner_000003188546.jpg" alt="Finding amazing meals for under $5 to make at home" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found over 80 meals you can make for under $5, cleaning mistakes you might be making, and great places to retire in every state.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/5-Meals-34402716#photo-34402716">Make These 86 Amazing Meals For $5 or Less</a> &mdash; Need a budget-friendly meal that doesn't skimp on the flavor? Make a simple spaghetti with garlic, olive oil, and chili flakes. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.livingwellspendingless.com/2015/11/23/12-cleaning-mistakes-you-might-be-making/">12 Cleaning Mistakes You Might Be Making</a> &mdash; Don't just spray and wipe. Allowing the cleaner soak in will soften the dirt and grime and give the cleaner more time to kill germs and bacteria. [Living Well Spending Less]</p> <p><a href="http://www.kiplinger.com/slideshow/retirement/T006-S001-great-places-to-retire-in-every-state/index.html">Great Places to Retire in Every State</a> &mdash; Do you plan to retire in Georgia? Consider Sandy Springs, where the cost of living for retirees is 5.1% below U.S. average. [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="http://www.becauseimcheap.com/christmas-shopping-on-a-0-budget-frugal-tricks-you-havent-tried/">Christmas Shopping On A $0 Budget: Frugal Tricks You Haven&rsquo;t Tried!</a> &mdash; Check out Pinterest to find ways to revamp items you already have into awesome gifts. [Because&hellip;I'm Cheap]</p> <p><a href="http://blog.desktime.com/2015/11/19/6-home-hacks-to-increase-productivity/">6 Home Hacks to Increase Productivity</a> &mdash; It can be hard to find time for a deep clean of your house each week. So look for a few minutes each day to clean in spurts. [DeskTime]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.biblemoneymatters.com/5-ways-to-take-your-small-business-to-the-next-level/">5 Ways To Take Your Small Business To The Next Level (Without Breaking The Bank)</a> &mdash; It doesn't have to cost a lot to get a professionally designed logo. [Bible Money Matters]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2015/1122/The-best-time-and-money-saving-apps-for-holiday-shoppers">The best time and money-saving apps for holiday shoppers</a> &mdash; Santa's Bag helps you keep track of your holiday shopping, including who you need to shop for and wishlists or spending caps for each person. [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://www.experian.com/blogs/news/about/ways-give-thanks-pay-forward/">Ways to Give Thanks and Pay It Forward</a> &mdash; Join Experian's #CreditChat discussion this week where they'll talk about ways to give thanks and give back to your community. The chat begins Wednesday, November 25 at 3 pm ET. [Experian]</p> <p><a href="http://moneyning.com/housing/how-to-prepare-your-home-for-the-highest-selling-price/">How To Prepare Your Home For The Highest Selling Price</a> &mdash; Brighten your home by pulling back the curtains and adding a lamp to dark corners. The extra light gives the illusion of space and makes prospective buyers feel happier in general. [MoneyNing]</p> <p><a href="http://shopperstrategy.com/2015/11/22/make-your-own-color-burning-pine-cones-for-the-fireplace/">Make Your Own Color Burning Pine Cones for the Fireplace</a> &mdash; You can make pine cones that burn in different colors by prepping them with common household products! [Shopper Strategy]</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-80-amazing-meals-for-under-5">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/great-summertime-grilling-for-any-budget">Great Summertime Grilling for Any Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-budget-friendly-meals-everyone-should-know-how-to-make">10 Budget-Friendly Meals Everyone Should Know How to Make</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-high-cost-of-cheap-food">The High Cost of Cheap Food</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-your-favorite-summer-produce-last-all-year">How to Make Your Favorite Summer Produce Last All Year</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-5-credit-cards-for-groceries">The Best Credit Cards for Groceries</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink best money tips budget meals Tue, 24 Nov 2015 20:00:07 +0000 Amy Lu 1616005 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Budget-Friendly Meals Everyone Should Know How to Make http://www.wisebread.com/10-budget-friendly-meals-everyone-should-know-how-to-make <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-budget-friendly-meals-everyone-should-know-how-to-make" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/cooking-178281634.jpg" alt="cooking" title="cooking" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I'm always looking for ways to feed my family for less. It seems like no matter how much meal planning I do, I'm still running up a grocery bill that's higher than I'd like to admit. Thankfully, the Internet is full of great ideas for those of us looking to lower our food costs. Even better? We don't have to sacrifice flavor or portion sizes to see the savings! (See also:<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-eat-every-day-a-month-of-frugal-meals?ref=seealso"> What to Eat Every Day: A Month of Frugal Meals</a>)</p> <p>Here are 10 budget-friendly meals you should be making.</p> <h2>1. Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers</h2> <p>A staple in our home, these<a href="http://www.writingchapterthree.com/2012/05/5-dinner-stuffed-peppers.html"> Veggie Stuffed Peppers</a> are a complete meal on their own for just $5 total. If served with rice, this meal could even satisfy four people, though we usually divide it between two adults and one hungry toddler.</p> <h2>2. Slow Cooker Taco Bowls</h2> <p>The slow cooker is a great option for those of you looking to creative low-cost meals. These easy<a href="http://www.budgetbytes.com/2011/07/taco-chicken-bowls/"> Chicken Taco Bowls</a> are no exception. The recipe serves eight, but costs only $10 to make. Whoever thinks budget foods can't be bursting with flavor will want to check out this recipe and its impressive ingredient list. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-great-cheap-and-easy-crock-pot-recipes?ref=seealso">25 Cheap and Easy Crock Pot Recipes</a>)</p> <h2>3. Pita Pizzas</h2> <p>This next meal is so simple, it doesn't require a recipe. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Then top store-bought pita or naan bread with some canned tomato sauce, shredded cheese, whatever veggies you have or like, and meat. Bake for eight minutes until the cheese is bubbly. This is a kid-pleaser, too &mdash; I mean, who doesn't like pizza?</p> <h2>4. Slow Cooker Curry</h2> <p>When thinking about the inexpensive, many gloss over more exotic flavors. This<a href="http://dinneronthecheap.wordpress.com/2009/10/20/cauliflower-potato-and-mushroom-curry/"> Cauliflower, Potato, and Mushroom Curry</a> recipe boasts a lot of spice, but relies on cheap ingredients (canned chickpeas, potatoes, garlic, onions, etc.) to make up the bulk of the meal. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-slow-cooker-recipes-for-busy-or-lazy-vegetarians?ref=seealso">35 Slow Cooker Recipes for Busy Vegetarians</a>)</p> <h2>5. Veggie Lasagna</h2> <p>Another hearty dish, this<a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2011/05/10-meals-for-10-veggie-lasagna.html"> vegetarian lasagna</a> costs just $10 to make and totals 10 servings in all. I like to eat it for a couple nights, and then freeze the rest of the batch (cutting into individual slices first, then wrapping in plastic wrap and storing in some gallon zip bags) to keep the savings going longer.</p> <h2>6. Soup in a Jar</h2> <p>I love this novel ideal for weeknight<a href="http://www.noodlesandnuggets.com/2013/05/weeknight-soup-in-jar.html"> Soup in a Jar</a>. This meal is totally customizable and relies on dried beans (very reasonably priced and naturally shelf-stable) and whatever else you might have on hand. By clearing out your refrigerator and pantry shelves, you can use up certain foods before they go bad, lessening waste and saving money in the process.</p> <h2>7. White Bean Tuna Salad</h2> <p>At just $1.36 per serving, this<a href="http://www.bhg.com/recipes/healthy/dinner/cheap-heart-healthy-dinner-ideas/#page=5"> White Bean Tuna Salad</a> packs a good amount of healthy protein. The recipe calls for arugula or spinach, but I suggest seeing what greens are on sale at your local grocer. Plus, you can eat the salad on its own or serve with crusty bread for a more sophisticated tuna salad sandwich.</p> <h2>8. Black Bean Burgers</h2> <p>Sometimes it's not just about saving money, but &mdash; better &mdash; maximizing the ingredients you already have in the pantry. These<a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/sandra-lee/black-bean-burgers-recipe.html"> Black Bean Burgers</a> are made of canned black beans, chopped onions and garlic, egg, and a few spices. They're a perfect meal to whip up while clearing out your cupboards before the next grocery run. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-cheap-delicious-and-healthy-black-bean-recipes?ref=seealso">Cheap and Healthy Black Bean Recipes</a>)</p> <h2>9. Stuffed Baked Potatoes</h2> <p>This<a href="http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/potato-bar-chili"> Potato Bar-Chili</a> recipe costs an impressively low 51 cents per serving and just 159 calories per half cup. Please note that this recipe is for the filling only, but making perfectly<a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/the-baked-potato-recipe.html"> baked russet potatoes</a> is easy! Vegetarian? TVP would be a great substitute for the ground beef.</p> <h2>10. Macaroni and Cheese</h2> <p>Noodles and cheese are both inexpensive ingredients, but when combined they make an incredibly satisfying comfort dish. The author of this simple, from-scratch<a href="http://www.budgetgourmetmom.com/from-scratch-mac-and-cheese/"> Mac and Cheese</a> recipe suggests buying block cheese and shredding it yourself for the lowest cost. And don't omit the ground mustard &mdash; it's the best part!</p> <p><em>What are your go-to budget meals? Please share in comments!</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F10-budget-friendly-meals-everyone-should-know-how-to-make&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F10%2520Budget-Friendly%2520Meals%2520Everyone%2520Should%2520Know%2520How%2520to%2520Make.jpg&amp;description=10%20Budget-Friendly%20Meals%20Everyone%20Should%20Know%20How%20to%20Make"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/10%20Budget-Friendly%20Meals%20Everyone%20Should%20Know%20How%20to%20Make.jpg" alt="10 Budget-Friendly Meals Everyone Should Know How to Make" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-budget-friendly-meals-everyone-should-know-how-to-make">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-tasty-ways-to-use-chicken-stock">25 Tasty Ways to Use Chicken Stock</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-eat-every-day-a-month-of-frugal-meals">What to Eat Every Day: A Month of Frugal Meals</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cooking-great-meals-with-your-car-engine-the-heat-is-on">Cooking great meals with your car engine. The heat is on.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-cheap-and-easy-soup-recipes">20 Cheap and Easy Soup Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/great-summertime-grilling-for-any-budget">Great Summertime Grilling for Any Budget</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink budget meals cheap eats cheap meals Fri, 28 Feb 2014 11:36:18 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1127976 at http://www.wisebread.com