“Basically, though, I believe in eating well, not eating too much but eating a variety of foods.”
This holds true but not in case when you are running short of money. You can’t have a variety of foods at a time. However, you can opt for different kind or type, which is inexpensive as well as nutritious.
When planning a monthly food budget one may find that dinner comes out to be the most expensive meal of the day. However, running out of money or saving food resources is not a good excuse for making boring uninteresting dinner.
Often college students feel that their monthly food bill is going high, and they don’t have any idea of stopping its pace. Sticking to cheap pasta and ramen noodles is not going to help. Food can be made tasty and nutritious by using cheap ingredients or those which are available at your home.
With our ideas and tips, you can make adjustments and would get a superb dinner ready.
Cheap Dinner Ideas
Choose the Ingredients Wisely:
If you have to go to the food mart with fewer amounts of cash, then no problem. It’s not necessary to buy the same veggies or fruits that you get when having enough cash in hand. Doing a survey on prices of veggies is a good option. You can go for cheap foods like:
They are delicious staple, filling and cheap. Why to buy frozen French fries or baked potatoes when you can make them at home and that too spending almost one-third of its cost. A grilled potato wedge is far better than your deep fried French fries.
The best alternative for pasta sauce. Why to go for the S 1.00 pasta sauce when you can make it at home.
Kids love macaroni. You can invent your own dish by adding the easily available ingredients like cheese, onions, cabbage, etc.
Even if you don’t have meat you can prepare delicious spaghetti with few veggies.
Preparing lasagna for your dinner can cost you around $ 1.25 per serving.
Here is a list of dishes which you can make to decrease your food budget:
- Calzone rolls
Here’s a video which shows how to make a cheap and quick chicken calzone:
- Cheese burger pie
- Homemade pizza
- Chicken nuggets
- Taco salad
- Baked Potato bar
- Rice Salad with Chicken, Black Beans and Feta Cheese
- White Bean Salad with Capers and Red Peppers
- Chicken Enchiladas Verde
- Bulk Sausage and Potato Skillet Dinner