35+ Meals Under $5 Bucks


We all love saving money on food. We've rounded up 35+ budget-friendly family-friendly dinner ideas under $5 bucks. Check out the variety of recipes listed below and create a dinner idea your family and budget will love! https://www.awortheyread.com/meals-under-5-bucks/

We all love saving money on food. We’ve rounded up 35+ budget-friendly family-friendly dinner ideas under $5 bucks. Check out the variety of recipes listed below and create a dinner idea your family and budget will love! 

We all love saving money on food. We've rounded up 35 budget-friendly dinner ideas under $5 bucks!  Get easy dinner ideas that are quick to make, plus budget-friendly! Head to the blog to see a roundup of dinner ideas!

35+ Meals Under $5 Bucks

 I love recipes that are not only easy to make but easy on my wallet. I also enjoy recipes that are family-friendly, boy tested and healthy for the whole family. My cheesy squash bake recipe is a popular one around here. Another one that’s super popular at our house, is the famous Hot Chicken Salad. It’s one of my friend’s recipe and it is requested in our house at least once per week. To help keep our family dinners on a budget, I only buy meat when it’s on sale. I can usually find ground beef for $1.99 per lb or less at my grocery store, as well as chicken for under $0.99 per lb. Now, keep in mind that the cost of your ingredients will vary depending on the region you live in (I live in Michigan). 

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Instant Pot Shredded Chicken Street Tacos

Cinco de Mayo Soft Breakfast Tacos

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Easy Pasta Dinner Idea in under 30 minutes. Try our Winter Pesto Pasta recipe with Meatballs for dinner!

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Keep reading down below for more easy recipes under $5 bucks.

35+ Meals Under $5 Bucks

Find budget-friendly + family-friendly dinner ideas for $5 or less.

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Easy Recipe for Walking Tacos - Fresh Outta Time

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Grilled Cheese Rollups #recipe

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Baked Spaghetti {budget-friendly recipe} - Fresh Outta Time

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Pepperoni Pizza Rolls ~ NEW 31 Days of 31 Minute Dinners

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Recipes for "Rice and Beans Budget"

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Tuscan Salmon & Pepper Homemade Pizza

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Jasmine Rice with Zucchini, Kale, Parsley and Parmesan

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German Apple Pancakes

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Cheesy Burrito Casserole

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Pecan Streusel Stuffed Egg Nog French Toast Bake

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Tomato and Macaroni Soup Recipe - Inspiration Made Simple

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Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

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Quick Breakfast Ideas That Are Actually Healthy

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Easy Summer Pasta Primavera #recipe

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Black Bean Burgers

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'Good and Cheap': 4 recipes you can make for less than $5

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Homemade Pastrami Sandwiches

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Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

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How To Make Sloppy Joes Sliders - Fresh Outta Time

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Sweet Potato Chickpea Salad {Gluten-Free, Vegan}

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Eggroll In A Bowl - VIDEO

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5 Meals under $50: Sweet Potato Hash

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Chicken Salad Sandwiches

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Rotisserie Chicken Street Tacos - This Worthey Life - Food, Travel, Parenting, Entertainment Lifestyle Blog by Tatanisha + Derrick Worthey

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Horseshoe Recipe

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Roasted Chicken & Vegetables over Cheesy Broccoli Rice

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Emeril Lagasse Pumpkin Lasagna Recipe & Pumpkin Custard Pie Recipe

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5 Meals Under $5

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Easy Fish Tacos Using Alaska Pollock

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Instant Pot Teriyaki Beef Stir Fry

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Homemade Cheesy Beef-a-roni with Barilla! #ShareTheTable

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Meals under £5

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Beef Fajita Skillet Dinner

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Instant Pot Lasagna - Fresh Outta Time

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Recipe For: Slow Cooker Pasta Sauce {freezer friendly}

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Instant Pot Taco Recipe | BBQ Pulled Chicken Street Tacos

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Summer Chicken Salad

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Grilled Chicken & Sausage Stir-Fried Rice

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Healthy Chicken Recipe | Loaded Rotisserie Chicken Wedge Salad

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Pan Seared Chicken +  Garlic Cream Sauce | Fulton Street Farmer's Market

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Penna Pasta + Peppers & Bacon

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Deconstructed Mini Pasta Salad with Lemon & Dill Dressing

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Baked Rigatoni with Broccoli & Mozzarella

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Baked Spaghetti Casserole

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8 Comments

  1. Bonnie
    September 30, 2014
    Reply

    There is no way the majority of these are under $5. Is this supposed to mean under $5 per serving?

    • October 1, 2014
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      Hi Bonnie- all of the recipes that are mine can be made for $5. The Chicken casserole I do all the time. Buying items on sale, using coupons is definitely a way to get them for under $5 bucks.

      • Ashley
        May 22, 2015
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        I agree with Bonnie, most things can’t be made for less than $5, at least not for a family of four where I live. On sale, chicken is like $1.59/lb but ground beef id $4/lb unless you buy really high fat meats and then you only end up with like 3/4# of meat for $3.50/lb.

        • May 23, 2015
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          Thanks for your comments Ashley. Where you live definitely will factor in on some of these ingredients. I only shop on sale prices and have been able to make these meals for the $5 price. I use a combination of sales, coupons and items from pantry to make it happen.

          • Sue McGee
            June 6, 2015

            What’s really difficult is when you have ONE grocery store in the town where you live. We have WalMart, Dollar General, and Family Dollar stores, but for the meat, you have one local grocery store, and they are a local chain, so they are EXPENSIVE. So, when I feed a family of four (including 2 full grown men), it’s easily $125 a week, and that’s if I’m frugal.

          • June 6, 2015

            Oh Sue, that IS VERY difficult. Have you ever tried ordering from zaycon? I’m not sure where you are and if they come to your area or near your area… but they have very reasonable price meat.

  2. August 15, 2018
    Reply

    Thanks for sharing! There is a lot of variety in this list!

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