Creating meals on a budget for under $10 is easy once you get into the habit of cutting coupons, watching for store discounts and looking for special promotions in the local grocery store. These next 5 dinner meal ideas are under $10 and all of the ingredients can be found in your local grocery store. They are great meals that will save you money when it comes to dinner.
5 Meals under $10
Meal #1- Twisted Cheap Chili Dinner
1 lb lean ground beef $3.49, 1 can of red kidney beans $.99 (optional for con carne), 1 can of steamed diced tomatoes $.59, Bag of Nacho Cheese flavored Dorito’s on sale $2.50, Store brand chili seasoning packet $.69. Total- $8.26. Make according to chili seasoning packet directions and serve with Dorito’s for scooping the chili. This is one of the best meals for under $10 that you can create in approximately 20 minutes.
Meal #2-Breakfast for Dinner
This is one of the easiest meals under $10 to make and you probably already have the ingredients in your refrigerator and pantry closet. A dozen medium eggs $1.29, 1 can of white hominy $.89, Store brand pork sausage roll $3.29 and one Loaf of store brand bread $1.09 for toast comes to a total cost of $6.56 leaving you with a nice chunk of change left over to go into a piggy bank. This meal takes approximately 20- 30 minutes to make also.
Meal #3- Open Faced Roast Beef Sandwiches
A favorite dinner meal under $10 is the open faced roast beef sandwich dinner. One loaf of store brand bread $1.09, 1lb deli slice roast beef $3.99 (on sale), ½ pound sliced American cheese $2.00 and 1 can of store brand gravy $1.09 comes to a total of $8.17. There is even enough money left over to get a vegetable to go with it as a side dish or to add a bag of chips.
Meal #4- Ultimate Slow Cooked Beef Dinner for Under $10
This meal under $10 takes the longest amount of time but the least amount of work since the slow cooker does it all for you. 2lbs beef roast cut approximately $4.00, 5lb bag of Idaho potatoes on sale $2.99, 1 package of gravy mix $.69, 1 can of store brand French cut green beans $.69 and a roll of store brand biscuits $1.39 on sale comes to a total of $9.76. Slow cook the roast beef with the gravy mix for 4-6 hours in the slow cooker. During the last half hour make mashed potatoes, green beans and biscuits. A wholesome well rounded meal for less than $10 that taste great, even as leftovers.
Meal #5- Chicken Alfredo Cheap Mom Style with Salad
Mom’s looking to throw a quick meal together that taste great and kids won’t complain about don’t have to spend a lot of money to do so. Chicken Alfredo made using the cheap mom method cuts grocery budget bills, takes less than 30 minutes to prepare and everyone will eat it. 2 large chicken breast halves (skinless and boneless, the cheaper way is to skin and debone the chicken yourself) $1.99 with chicken being a approximately $.89 per pound (sliced into chicken tender lengths), 1 jar of Ragu Alfredo Sauce on sale $.99, 1 box of Fettuccine noodles $1.49, head of lettuce $1.69, 1 tomato $.69, 1 cucumber $.50, Salad dressing (your choice of store brand) $1.09 for a total of $7.75.
These meals will save you money and help cut the cost of your grocery bill. Using the $50 budget set for these 5 meals and creating all of them for under $10 the savings added up to $9.30. You can’t go wrong with savings like that.