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50 Cheap Family Meals

So many times, cheap family meals do not make enough to feed an entire family. Your family is left snacking all evening and this is costing you money!

If there is one thing I LOVE, it is saving money.

So today I have compiled a resource to help you solve your cheap family meals dilemma. Below you will find over 50 cheap dinner ideas that will fill your stomach and your hearts because they are all made with love.

One of my favorite ways to save money on groceries is to use meal planning. You could easily make a bi-weekly meal plan using any of the cheap dinners below.

Be sure to sign up for my meal planning pack, and add in your dinners and fill your shopping list for weekly or bi-weekly cheap family meals and save money on your groceries.

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It doesn’t matter if you love chicken, beef, pork or you are a vegetarian. This list has you covered and is organized by meat selection, so scroll down to find your favorites or mix things up!

Rotating Meal Plan Idea

To make life easier, try having the same type of food planned out for certain days of the week. We have all heard of taco Tuesday, right? Well, this is similar. I like to plan fish on Fridays and this corresponds with Lent, which my family observes. And other meat or meatless foods for the rest of the week. I also like to order a pizza at least once a month on Saturday, when I don’t feel like cooking so it is nice to have a break every once in a while.

A great idea for your Cheap Dinner Recipes Meal Plan is to select different meats or vegetarian meals for the week. Here is an example you can follow:

Monday: Meatless/vegetarian

Tuesday: Beef

Wednesday: Chicken

Thursday: Pork

Friday: Fish

Saturday: Meatless/Vegetarian

Sunday: Chicken

Many times, vegetarian family meals are cheaper, so you could pick and choose from my example above and save more money.

Some of the dishes below may be vegetarian, but they will still fill you up, so no worries!

Cheap Family Meals and Simple Dinner Ideas:

With that, let’s get cooking….

Grab your free Meal Plan and Menu Template

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Chicken- Cheap Easy Meals on a Budget

Zesty Olive: Quick and Easy Chicken Fiesta Skillet

Easy Chicken Fiesta Skillet

Zesty Olive: Sheet Pan Herb Roasted Chicken With Red Potatoes

This easy Sheet Pan Herb-Roasted Chicken with Red Potatoes will become a family favorite. This dinner can be prepped and in the oven in 10 minutes. Serve up this delicious, juicy chicken and savory potatoes and be prepared for the compliments!

Sharing My Favorites: Easy Ranch Chicken Recipe

Easy Ranch Chicken

Low Carb Yum: Super Easy Sheet Pan Chicken With Vegetables

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Easy Low Carb Recipes: Low Carb Instapot Salsa Chicken

Low Carb Instant Pot Salsa Chicken is amazingly easy and delicious dish to make! Serve it in a taco, on a sale, or with a side dish -- you will be amazed at how delicious it is! #lowcarb #keto #healthy #healtyrecipes

You Brew My Tea: Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken

Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken

Savory Bites: Chicken N Cheese Sandwich

Baked Chicken Cheese with Avocado Sandwich

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Vegetarian Dinner Ideas for Tonight:

Honest and Truly: Tuna and Tomato Past Recipe

Bowl of tuna and tomato pasta

Souly Rested: Great Grandmom’s Cheese Souffle


Dancing Through the Rain: Chicken Skillet With Mushrooms

Cooked chicken in mushroom soup in a cast iron pan

Honest and Truly: Tamale Pot Pies

Tamale pot pie with homemade guacamole

I Heart Frugal: Budget-Friendly Tuna Noodle Casserole – Under $3

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A Virtual Vegan: Oven Baked Garlic Mushroom Rice

Close up shot of Easy Oven Baked Garlic Mushroom rice in a bowl

Peace, Love and Low Carbs: Cabbage Noodle Tuna Casserole: Low Carb, Gluten Free

Cabbage Noodle Tuna Casserole - Low Carb, Gluten Free | Peace Love and Low Carb

Peace, Love and Low Carbs: Low Carb Big Mac Casserole

Big Mac Casserole - Low Carb and Gluten Free | Peace Love and Low Carb

Virtual Vegan: Bubble and Squeak Patties

Bubble & Squeak in terracotta round dish

Creative Southern Home: Three Ingredient Baked Ziti


Rhian’s Recipes: Egg Plant Chickpea Peanut Curry (Vegan + GF)

Eggplant Chickpea Peanut Curry (Vegan + GF)

Stress Less, Be Healthy: Delicious Diced Vegan Bean Burritos

Thrifty Jinkxy: Crockpot Layered Bean Burritos Recipe

Salt and Lavender: Easy Vegetable and Bean Soup

This easy vegetable and bean soup comes together quickly and makes a healthy and hearty meal. You can easily customize it with whatever veggies you have on hand.

Essential Homestead: Cheesy Crock-pot Potatoe Soup

crock-pot potato soup

Baking Beauty: Instapot Mac and Cheese

mac and cheese instant pot

Almost Bananas: Chick Pea and Barley Greek Salad

Chickpea and Barley Greek Salad - a filling meal salad

Don’t Forget Your Meal Plan Packet…

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My Food Story: Shrimp Chow Mein {One Pot Meal 30 Minutes}

Shrimp Chow Mein is an easy, one pot meal thats loaded with shrimp, fresh vegetables and flavour. Its the best way to get weeknight dinner on the table in under 30 minutes and is better than takeout!

Mom Needs Chocolate: Easy Pierogi

Lazy Pierogi in a dish after baking

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Baking With Mom: Hamburger Casserole

hamburger, tomato soup, cheese and noodles

Savory Tooth: Ground Beef and Cabbage Stir Fry

Cabbage and ground beef stir fry dinner served in a bowl with a fork

Down Redbud Drive: Homemade Mash Potato Bowls

homemade mashed potato bowls

Soccer Mom Blog: Hearty Carne Guisada (Mexican Beef Stew)

Mexican Carne Guisada in bowl with vegetables in background

By Pink: Instapot Cheeseburger Macaroni

Instant Pot Cheeseburger Macaroni Hamburger Helper is an awesome almost effortless, homemade hamburger helper. I promise you will never go back to the boxed hamburger helper recipe!

Savory Tooth: Crazy Good Beef and Broccoli

Tender beef slices and broccoli served in a white dinner bowl

Mom Need Chocolate: Lazy Lasagna

Lazy Lasagna

Cook Eat Go: Four Ingredient Stove Top Meatloaf

Maria’s Mixing Bowl: Creamy Cream Cheese Hamburger Pasta Casserole

Uncommon Designs: Delicious Baked Ziti

Meal Prep Tips and a Delicious recipe for Baked Ziti by Uncommon Designs

Dancing Through the Rain: Old Fashion Goulash Recipe

Old Fashioned Goulash in a white bowl

Cook Eat Go: Friendship  Casserole

Friendship casserole is a quick and easy meal the whole family will love! Be sure to check it out and pin it!! Makes enough to share a casserole or freeze!

The Baking Fairy: Italian Bolognese Sauce

italian bolognese sauce | The Baking Fairy

My Food Story: Pressure Cooker Beef Bourguignon

Beef Bourguignon made in a pressure cooker and served over mashed potatoes with green beans and carrots on the side

Pork Cheap Easy Meals:

My Pinterventures: Pork and Peas Quick, Easy One-Pot Meal

Pork and Peas

Down Redbud Drive: Sheet Pan Pork and Peppers – One Pan Meal

Sheet Pan Pork and Peppers

I Heart Frugal: Yummy and Cheap Pulled Pork Slow Cooker Recipe

Cheap and Easy Pulled Pork - Cheap Family Meals

Cheap Turkey Easy Meals for Families:

Moneywise Moms: Turkey Parmasean Pasta {Easy Stovetop Meal}

Turkey Parmesan Pasta | Easy stovetop #recipe for family dinner | MoneywiseMoms

Sausage Cheap Dinner Recipes:

Maria’s Mixing Bowl: Slow Cooker Sausage, Carrots, and Potatoes

Slow Cooker Sausage Carrots and Potatoes

Ann’s Entitled Life: Macaroni Pizza Casserole Recipe

Macaroni Pizza Casserole Recipe. This baked Macaroni Pizza Casserole Recipe is an easy to make, crowd-pleasing pizza-tasting casserole that is the ultimate in comfort food. Your whole family will love it!

Confessions of an Overworked Mom: Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls in 15 Minutes

Unstuffed Paleo Cabbage Rolls #15MinuteSuppers

Cheap Paleo Meals for Families:

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This post “How to Eat Healthy on $5 a Day: Desert Food Challenge” from Pink Fortitude includes a few recipes! I love this challenge. She shows you how to eat healthy for $5 per day! Check it out.

Summing Up Cheap Family Meals:

With a list of 50 cheap dinner ideas, I hope you found something that will work for you.

Pick at least one or two new cheap dinner recipes to try each week and if your family LOVES them, add them to your recipe bank.

Stick to a theme each night to make it easier or if you are vegetarian, there are plenty of healthy options if you are looking for cheap meals for large families. So feed your family on a budget and make sure they are full with these simple dinner ideas.

It doesn’t have to cost a lot to keep your family full at dinner time and you can make these dinner ideas for tonight. Making cheap family meals is one of the best ways to save money!

Put that money back in your pocket and use it to pay down debt or save up for your dream vacation. You’ve got this!

Do you have any cheap meal ideas you would like to add to the list? I will allow links in the comments but will approve them first. Thank you for sharing!

Take care – Sarah

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23 Comments on 50 Cheap Family Meals That Will Fill You Up – Most Under $10

  1. So many tasty things looking recipes here! I’ll have to try some of them out. I’ve found that one way to reduce the cost of meat is to use the same type multiple times each week. It’s much cheaper per pound to buy a whole chicken than just parts. So we roast two (large family of 10 so one doesn’t stretch thy fat :)) Then we have chicken pot pie, chicken tacos, chicken gravy over spuds, and finally chicken soup from the bone broth. It’s a nice variety that doesn’t feel boring even though it’s all chicken! We do the same with beef, cook a large roast and use it multiple ways.

    • Thank you, Yasmina! I am so happy to have you in my tribe! I hope you found some great cheap dinner ideas and many more frugal living tips from my newsletter! Take care!

  2. I love sheet pan recipes and slow cooker recipes (when it’s not summer!). That ranch chicken recipe above looks so good! An easy change we made years ago was switching from chicken breasts in a recipe to chicken thighs. I think they taste better and they’re cheaper too!

    • Thank you! That is a great tip!! I love sheet pan recipes. They make your cheap family meals much easier! Take care!

  3. I love being able to feed my family well at home and save money! Sometimes it’s really fun to stretch groceries to see how far they will go! Thanks for sharing all of these recipes, it’s fun to try new things for dinner once in a while!

    • Honestly, I totally get that, Rachel. I think it is fun to stretch the food budget too and see how much you can get for less money. I hope you find some good recipes to help you out! Take care!!

  4. I love this post! It is so convenient to be able to find large lists of meal ideas like this! I will certainly be trying out that Macaroni Pizza Casserole. Looks amazing! Also, just as Lisa stated, I try to buy meat in bulk. For instance, I hate how expensive ground beef has gotten so I typically buy the jumbo packs for a better price. I can make tacos, spaghetti, burgers, and a whole host of other options. It’s a convenient way to save money while still cooking something new each night!

    • Thank you for the nice comment. I seriously LOVE the idea of buying and cooking meat in bulk. It saves SO much time and money, but you can still find cheap family meals that taste good! Best of luck to you and your cooking! Take care!

    • Thank you! I hope you find some cheap dinner ideas that work for you. It can be hard sticking to a budget, but cutting back on food can be easy and you will still have cheap family meals that taste good and fill you up! Take care!

    • Thank you, Corey! It really does help save time and when you are cooking dinner for a big family, it is really just easier. Take care! Happy cooking!

  5. We are now a family of 6, and eating on a budget is how we keep from going into debt haha. These all look amazing.

    • Honestly, cheap family meals have SAVED my budget and I only have two kiddos! I can’t imagine my food bill with six! Bless you! Best of luck to you and your beautiful family!

    • Oh, yes! Beef and Broccoli is such a great cheap dinner idea that my kids will even eat! Thanks for the comment! Take care!

  6. These all look so delicious. They will be great when back to school starts and being so busy.

    • I am so glad my cheap family meals are and will be helpful to you! School nights are tough and it helps to have easy family dinner ideas. Take care!

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