Budget-friendly tuna Noodle is one of my go-to meals!

My kids love it and it is easy to make. It is honestly the cheapest meal in my meal plan. If you love comfort food, this budget tuna noodle casserole is just what you need for a chilly fall or cold winter night.

This meal is so budget-friendly that we can get your cost down to under $3 for the entire meal. That’s an awesome deal for a family of four.

Easy, Budget Friendly Tuna Noodle
Easy, Budget-Friendly Tuna Noodle Casserole

One of the easiest ways to save money on food is to use meal planning. When you meal plan you have all of your ingredients and are not tempted to run back to the store where you will inevitably spend more. Also, you won’t be tempted to order take-out with high prices. Meal planning is the best way to keep your food bill low and keep your money in your walllet.

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Incorporate this into my meal planning sample and you will have another fall meal under your belt.

As I go along with this yummy recipe, I will give you prices and information on where to shop (Target,) to get the best deals on your ingredients.

Not a gourmet chef?  No worries! This recipe is so simple, if you can open a can, you can make it! Turn on your stove and start boiling that water because we are ready to cook.

Budget-Friendly Tuna Noodle Ingredients:

1 can tuna (.79)

1 can mushroom soup (.89 – stock up when on sale)

1/2 can peas (.99 save the other half & make again – so .50 for this meal total)

1/2 box of rotini or use what pasta you have on hand ( 1.00/ box -so .50 for this meal total)

Optional: Cheese for topping

Boil water and add rotini

Budget-Friendly Tuna Noodle Casserole Directions:

1. Boil water (season with a dash of salt)  and add rotini

2. Cook rotini for about nine minutes and drain

3. Place rotini back in the pot

4. Dump the rest of the ingredients in the pot and stir (add a little salt and pepper to taste)

5. Plate and serve

Tuna Noodle

Optional: If you have shredded cheese on hand, sprinkle on top and/or melt in the microwave. You can also top with crunched-up chips or crackers.


Tuna Noodle
Budget-Friendly Tuna Noodle


All of my ingredients were Market Pantry brand purchased at Target using my Target Redcard to score an extra 5% off my entire order, which brings my meal cost to $2.55!! Yummy and cheap!

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