Cheap  Dinner Ideas

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According to the Consumer Price Index, food at home costs increased by 6.5% in 2021, in the US. 

Similarly, Statista reported a 5.9% food price inflation between March 2021 to March 2022, in the UK, the highest in the last 5 years.

While you can't control food costs, here are 37 cheap dinner ideas, using frugal ingredients, to make your money go far. 



A crokpot / slow cooker is a time and money saver for meals in multiple ways. Soups, stews, and chilis are cheap crockpot dinner meals that go a long way.



Casseroles, or one sheet pan dinners, combine foods that create a standalone meal.  They use versatile ingredients and recipes can be adjusted to feed small or large families.

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Pasta is cheap, and a few added ingredients can make it an excellent option for family meals. Use what you already have on hand in the pantry or fridge to liven up an otherwise plain pasta dish.



We can take some meal ideas from the Great Depression and apply them today to save our budgets at dinner time. Adding more veggies to your meal is a natural way to eat cheap and healthy. 


Breakfast  for Dinner

Breakfast for dinner can save your budget and please the whole family, making it a win for a cheap weeknight meal.