budget meals http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/15706/all en-US 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/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-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-122-scrumptious-super-bowl-party-snack-ideas">Flashback Friday: 122 Scrumptious Super Bowl Party Snack Ideas</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/20-delicious-ways-to-enjoy-cheap-spring-roll-wrappers-at-every-meal">20 Delicious Ways to Enjoy Cheap Spring Roll Wrappers at Every Meal</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/earn-more-cash-on-dining-purchases-td-cash-visa-credit-card">Earn More Cash on Dining Purchases: TD Cash Visa&amp;reg; Credit Card</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/flashback-friday-119-amazing-meals-you-can-make-from-a-can">Flashback Friday: 119 Amazing Meals You Can Make From a Can</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> <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. 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