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25 Cheap and Easy Meals under $10

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Meal planning is hard and doing it on a budget can be even more challenging, so here are 25 Cheap and Easy Meals under $10 to help!

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I hope I’m not the only one, but I have had a little trouble staying in budget with our grocery money sometimes. I have tried several different ways to save on our groceries, but the best way I have found is to try to keep each meal around $10.

Of course the meals also need to be easy. Nothing will make me want to forget my dinner plans and call for takeout quicker than a complicated meal on a busy night.

I’m always looking for cheap and easy recipes, so I put together this collection of meals to help me (and hopefully you too) in the meal planning process.

25 Cheap and Easy Meals under $10

Amish Baked Chicken

One of our favorite family meals, and one of my reader’s favorite recipes, is Amish Baked Chicken.  I use chicken thighs, but other cuts of chicken work well, too. Check the comments on the post for several variations. Serve with a salad or roasted Brussels sprouts.

sloppy joes

If you want something on the lighter side, try Turkey Sloppy Joe Lettuce Wraps. I make these with ground turkey. You can use a can of pre-made sloppy joe sauce, or whip up your own.  Because these have meat wrapped in lettuce, I just serve them alone making this quick, easy and cheap!

Easy Meatball Subs

Meatballs are a great easy and inexpensive meal. One our favorite ways to eat meatballs are in sandwiches. Sloppy Joe Meatball Subs are one of our favorite meals. Serve with carrot sticks and some french fries. Broccoli salad also goes great on the side.

BBQ Chopped Chicken Salad Recipe

Salads are an affordable main dish especially during the summer times when produce is cheap. Chopped Barbecue Chicken Salad is one of my favorite main dish salads.   Barbecue Shrimp Salad and Chinese Chicken Salad are other easy salad recipes.

lentil soup

While salads may be for summer, I love soups for easy and cheap dinner in the winter.  Lentil and Sausage soup is super cheap and it’s made in the slow cooker for an even easier dinner.  Serve with a loaf of Italian bread from the grocery store.  Also check out my Cheese Broccoli Soup and  a super delicious Easy Black Bean Soup.

Check out some more easy and cheap meal ideas I gathered from some of my favorite blogs!


Cheater Korean Beef uses affordable ground beef instead of flank steak.

Add a veggie to your comfort food with this Stove Top Spinach Macaroni and Cheese for a wonderful dinner.

Chicken thighs are a super affordable cut of meat and would be so delicious in these Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs.

A recipe that only has 3 ingredients! Yes, that is all you need for this Tator Tot Casserole.

Garlic Butter Asparagus Pasta disproves the myth that you can’t eat good on a budget.


This Black Bean Burger Dinner, is a great healthy vegetarian option that is also budget friendly.

Sneak a little veggies into your budget friendly meal with these Brown Sugar Barbecue Meatballs.

A great way to enjoy a takeout favorite at home is with this Easy Vegetable Lo Mein.

Cheesy Burrito Casserole is a hearty meal for cheap.

This recipe for Chicken Enchiladas is easy to make and feeds a lot of people.


This One Pot Pepperoni Pizza Pasta is made with simple ingredients that can be found at Aldi, but is affordable no matter where you shop.

This 3 Ingredient Crock Pot Chili is even gluten free.

Gnocchi with Creamy Pesto Sauce is quite the affordable indulgence.

With minimal prep you can enjoy this delicious Pasta al Forno.

This Stuffed Shells recipe easily transitions into a freezer meal.


Spiced Roast Chicken Breast and Potatoes is an easy meal to put together.

Home-fried Kielbasa and Potatoes is a meal of my childhood. With a family of 6, you know it had to be affordable.

This is an absolute go- to meal for a busy weeknight, Italian Grilled Cheese Sandwich.

Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice is sure to warm you up on a chilly day.

This Italian Easy Pasta Casserole has all the flavors of lasagna with a lot less work.


One- Pan Skinny Chicken Alfredo is yummy and less calories!

This springy Ricotta and Lemon Basil Pasta dish is perfect for a quick weeknight meal.

One Pot Tuscan Style Garlic Herb Pork Chops is full of flavor.

These tasty Baked Chicken Taquitos can be put together in no time.

Mattie’s Chicken Tortilla Bake is a budget friendly dinner that your guest are sure to love.

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  • Gary Stiffler
    July 22, 2018

    Hello my name is Gary Stiffler. My Family and I are on a fixed and low budget. I like finding way’s to feed my family of three for cheap deals. And I saw your post 25 easy and cheap meal’s for under $10.00 what an awesome idea love it.

  • Melody
    July 22, 2018

    This is a list of cheap and easy meals that my family would actually eat. Thank you!! I honestly haven’t found that in list like this yet!!

    • Camille
      August 8, 2018

      That was the goal! I’m so glad it was useful.

  • Robin May
    November 2, 2017

    Like the reciepes

  • Renee
    September 21, 2017

    Thank you, I think I will try the Mattie’s Chicken Tortilla Bake one..

  • Brenda
    June 9, 2017

    Hot Dog chili is great

  • Liz
    March 5, 2016

    Thank you Camille for the nice recipes and have a super-duper week.

  • Rachel
    January 7, 2016

    What a wonderful group of so many recipes! Thank you for posting these (on my birthday last year, nonetheless!)

  • Susan
    September 19, 2015

    You’re making me hungry with these wonderful recipes (and it’s 10 at night!). Thanks for including my slow cooker red beans and rice.

    • Camille
      September 20, 2015

      Ha ha – I know the feeling! Thanks for the great recipe.

  • Sarah
    August 29, 2015

    Thanks for putting all of these in one place! I need help with week nights!

    • Camille
      September 1, 2015

      Don’t we all?? 🙂 Life is so crazy!

    April 23, 2015

    Thanks for the recipes. I’m so excited to try them!

    • Camille
      April 24, 2015

      I hope you found lots of new ideas!

  • Faith (An Edible Mosaic)
    April 22, 2015

    This round-up shows that dinner doesn’t have to be expensive or fancy to be wonderful! Yum. Thank you so much for including me!

  • Amber
    April 21, 2015

    Thanks for sharing my Tater Tot Casserole! Love this list.

    • Camille
      April 22, 2015

      We had to have Tater Tot Casserole! It’s a classic!