List of Frugal Meals (with some recipe links)

I used to be much better at grocery shopping on a budget.  This was at a time in which we made less than our expenses and I had no choice.  Any grocery money we had was from side jobs… so we were forced to spend very little.  Over the years I have gotten lazy.  At one time I made everything from scratch.  Now I buy a LOT of pre-packaged foods.  Through deciding to live more frugally, I have come up with a list of frugal meals that I will stick to.



Eggs and fruit

Eggs and corn tortillas

Breakfast tacos with eggs, potatoes, and sausage (or bacon)

Muffins (homemade)

Pancakes (homemade)


Homemade granola

Homemade biscuits

Green smoothies

Peanut Butter Baked oatmeal

Breakfast Cookies

Crockpot oatmeal





Finger foods (lunch meat, cheese, veggies/fruits)

Mac N Cheese with hot dogs cut up in it, canned veggies

English muffin pizzas




Burrito bowls (homemade pinto beans, rice, avocado, diced tomato, shredded cheese, sour cream)

Pasta and homemade sauce



Roast with potatoes and carrots


Southwestern soup

Tomato soup and grilled cheese (with homemade bread)

Hot dogs

Hamburgers (on homemade buns)

Breakfast for dinner (Brinner)


Sloppy Joes (on homemade buns)

Shepherd’s Pie

Egg Roll in a Bowl


Sausage, peppers, potatoes, onions


Sausage and cabbage (crockpot)

Spinach Enchiladas

Skillet chicken

Beef and veggie soup

Cheesy Chicken and Rice

Chicken and rice

Chicken and dumplings

Whole roasted chicken


Crockpot salsa chicken

Roasted/grilled chicken thighs

Grilled pork chops

Potato and ham cream cheese soup

Pan-seared lemon pepper chicken breast or fish

Black bean veggie couscous (or quinoa)

Black bean wraps and Lentil/Rice Casserole

Bean burritos


A lot of recipes that I use are found here (this is my old blog and it is NOT organized well… I will slowly move these recipes over… if I found it on another blog, it is listed):

Beef and pork

Chicken and Fish

No meat



Homemade items:

Bread and buns

Flour Tortillas

Breakfast foods

Ways to save money on food:

  • Shop at HEB (NOT Walmart) because the quality of store brand items is better AND because I am less tempted to spend on items that aren’t necessary
  • Make most things homemade
  • Buy a block of cheese and slice/shred (vs deli cheese, shredded cheese, etc)
  • Meal plan and only buy what we need for the week (only having certain staples in my stock pile)
  • Eat very few pre-packaged foods
  • Store brand foods
  • Non-organic foods
  • For snacks buy bulk (in boxes) vs snack bags (for example, Triscuits, Goldfish, etc)


Foods to have in my stock pile:

  • Whole wheat flour (I use King Arthur Whole White Wheat… it’s made from Hard white wheat berries instead of red wheat… much lighter and fluffier with the same nutrients)
  • Whole wheat pasta
  • Dry pinto and black beans
  • Rice
  • Quinoa
  • Sucanat
  • Canned beans
  • Canned diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, and tomato paste
  • Coconut oil
  • Olive oil
  • Rolled Oats
  • Steel cut oats
  • Frozen veggies
  • Frozen fruit (for smoothies)

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