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10 Meals You Can Make For Less Than $10 Each

Looking to cut back on your grocery bill? We've picked out 10 clever recipes that use cheaper pantry staples, but definitely don't skimp on flavor. These delicious budget-friendly meals are sustaining, easy to make, and perfect for weeknight family dinners - and in most cases, will run you less than $10 to make. Enjoy!


1. Southwest Chicken

Rave Review: "We really enjoyed this! And healthy too. I served this with Mexican rice and fresh fruit as an appetizer. A total success, and the left overs kept well also. I'll definitely make it again." — LWYANCEY

Southwest Chicken

Photo by cookinmama

2. Grilled Sausage with Potatoes and Green Beans

Rave Review: "The whole family loved it! Even my toddlers! The flavor of the smoked sausage permeates the whole meal." — MommaLady

3. Red Beans and Rice

Rave Review: "This recipe was everything I had on hand and was so easy to make. Should have doubled the recipe because it was so good and my family wanted more of it. Great for cold weather!" — majestic

Easy Red Beans and Rice
Photo by jackie_s

4. Tuna Noodle Casserole from Scratch

Rave Review: "This was a wonderful, simple recipe that uses everyday ingredients, yet still tastes terrific. This is one of the few recipes I used that did not need adjustments, it was great as is!" — Allegra

Tuna Noodle Casserole from Scratch
Photo by Denise Sakaki

5. One Pan Orecchiette Pasta

Rave Review: "This dish is so simple and flavorful!! I used medium shells instead of orecchiette but only because my local grocery didn't have orecchiette. Definitely a keeper!"  — ArikSavage

One Pan Orecchiette Pasta
Photo by Linda T

6. Spicy Vegan Potato Curry

Rave Review: "I made this recipe EXACTLY as stated, and it came out so much better than I imagined it would! I thought it would be cheap and cheerful, and useful as a side to something, but it is absolutely delicious!"  — Katy

Spicy Vegan Potato Curry
Photo by Foxy

7. Baked Ziti

Rave Review: "I LOVE this recipe! It makes wonderful leftovers too. I make this on Sunday nights and have leftovers for lunch all week!" — paynes

8. Chinese Chicken Fried Rice

Rave Review: "This is a simple, quick, and delicious recipe. My wife just love this, that I end up making it at least once a week." — Angelo Lombardi

Chinese Chicken Fried Rice II
Photo by Sunny Days Nora


9. Original Black Pepper Beef and Cabbage Stir Fry

Rave Review: "We had this for dinner last night and thought is was just DELICIOUS! A quick, tasty and very economical dinner." — DLA IN BETHANY

Black Pepper Beef and Cabbage Stir Fry
Photo by TTV78

10. Penne Pasta with Spinach and Bacon

Rave Review: "Absolutely fantastic and easy to make. Got asked for the recipe from a few friends too!" — Kim C

Penne Pasta with Spinach and Bacon
Photo by alisam9

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About Vicky McDonald

Always looking for more cheese! I love to bake, potter about the garden, and drink lemony gin & tonics in the sun. I also blog at