You simply can’t beat delicious meals at a budget price and these $5 dinner ideas are a great way to stretch your grocery budget! They are easy, delicious, and at a price that lets your budget breathe!
Easy Dinner Ideas For About $5 – Budget-Friendly Recipes
With the new year, a lot of us are rethinking our spending habits and trying to trim down our budget. And, if you are like my family, the grocery bill can easily add up! One of the main ways our family saves on food is the weekly meal planning. Each week, Derrick and I will go shopping and focus on making meals based on the sales and what we have in our pantry and deep freezer. This is the BEST way to save money on your grocery bill. Plus, we use apps like Ibotta to save money as well as digital coupons. We live in the Midwest so our food expenses will pale in comparison to those living in California, New York, and other expensive states.
However, you can take a look at these easy and budget-friendly dinner ideas, and adjust accordingly to your cost of living. Either way, you’ll still save money by meal planning ahead and comparing these recipes to what’s on sale at your grocery store this week. You can also save this post and come back to it each week to find more meal ideas that match your grocery circulars.
These $5 dinner ideas are a great way to stretch your grocery budget! But, wait! You may be thinking you have to sacrifice taste, flavor, and nutrition? No way! With these budget meals, you still get a fantastic delicious meal but with a price that lets the budget breathe! Now, that’s what I am talking about!
Here are a few of my favorite dinner ideas we’ve made for roughly $5 or under!
This Penne Pasta recipe is pretty basic, but oh-so-delicious! Plus, it has bacon in it! Hello! I also purchased the bacon on sale, as well as all the ingredients for this recipe. That’s the key people, buy items when they’re on sale. I also stockpile items. No, I’m not a huge couponer (I used to be), but I stockpile items I know my family uses all the time. When bacon is on sale, I will buy 4-5 packs at a time. Same for pasta sauce, butter, cheese, and pasta. We shop weekly for fresh ingredients like vegetables.
Another budget-friendly dinner idea to consider, especially in the winter months are soups! Not only are soups easy to put together, but you can easily stay on budget by serving soup for dinner. Try our Rosemary Scented Garlic Soup Recipe Made In The Instant Pot for dinner this week!
Depending on when beef goes on sale for a GOOD price in your neck of the woods, our Instant Pot Barbacoa Tacos are so good! This recipe does require a little prepping ahead of time, but once you get the Instant Pot going, it will save you a ton of time!
Here’s another soup recipe that uses Orzo pasta. Grab it on sale, as well as chicken, and you’ll be able to rock out dinner with this budget-friendly recipe!