36 Easy Meals For People On A Budget

Never underestimate the power of these.

Maybe you’re cooking in a college dorm room or there’s just not much in the fridge, or perhaps you’re just trying to save cash on groceries. Whatever the case, everyone needs a handful of go-to budget friendly meals to rely on.

So people on Reddit are sharing their go-to cheap and delicious homemade recipes, and some look seriously comforting. Read on for the whole list.


Upgraded Instant Ramen

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“Get a cheap packet of ramen, throw in frozen veggies and some protein like fried tofu or a hard boiled egg. Boom, you’ve got a respectable meal.” —u/westerngrace


Black Bean and Sweet Potato Nachos



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“This dish has many different spellings, but it’s a combination of rice, lentils and caramelized onions. It tastes so much better than you would ever imagine.” —u/MillySO


Mexican-Inspired Mac ‘n’ Cheese

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“You need ground beef, pasta shells, diced tomatoes and green chiles, Velveeta, and taco seasoning. It’s super yummy and costs around $1.70 per serving.” —u/Lovely_Raptor


Potato and Chickpea Curry


Scrambled Eggs and Black Bean Tacos


Mac ‘n’ Cheese With Hot Dogs


Curried Chickpea Soup

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“Take a can of chickpeas, half a can of tomato paste, half an onion, and a generous dash of curry powder. Simmer it all for a while and enjoy with bread or rice. It yields 2-3 servings for about $4.” —u/beef_boloney


“Slow Cooker Sausage and Tortellini Soup.”


Fried Cabbage and Smoked Sausage


Twice Baked Potatoes With Tuna Fish


Spaghetti Aglio e Olio


Chickpea Salad Sandwich

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“This meal basically got me through college.” —u/yellowjacquet


Scallion Pancakes

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“Mix together equal parts hot water and white flour with a dash of salt. Let the batter sit then mix in chopped green onions and fry the pancakes in oil or butter until crispy. I like to eat mine with hot sauce.” — u/bogmonster666


Rice and Beans With a Fried Egg


Refried Bean and Cheese Burritos.


“Mac ‘n’ cheese with a can of drained tuna and some frozen peas mixed all together.”


Whatever’s In The Fridge Fried Rice


Sausage and Dirty Rice


Huevos Rancheros

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“it’s just a fried tortilla, eggs, and salsa on top.”  —u/calibeach83


“Fried Bologna and Cheese on White Bread.”



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“It’s cheap and relatively easy. While you cook pasta, dice some bacon and fry it until crispy. Add a touch of olive oil plus the cooked pasta and reserved pasta water. Add raw egg yolk, shredded parmesan cheese, and black pepper. Stir over low heat until well combined, then serve with more freshly ground black pepper and grated Parmesan.”  —u/terrendos


Chicken and Broccoli Braid

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“Inexpensive, extremely filling, and you can turn it into so many different possibilities.” —u/deleted

Do you have a favorite cheap and easy meal you make all the time? Tell us in the comments below.

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