Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Super Frugal Meal Ideas

Things are a little tight here financially. We are soon to take delivery of our new caravan which is very exciting but our car has done it's head gasket. Looking at around $4K!!!! Which we didn't plan for. So until christmas we have had to cut our budget back, right back! My shopping budget has had to be cut by $100 a fortnight too.

So the other day I sat down and quickly came up with a list of super frugal meal ideas that we can use. Some aren't too nutritious like canned spaghetti on toast, but those meals will be intermingled with vegie ladened ones so won't be too bad.

This is the list I came up with:

Spaghetti Bolognaise
Savoury mince with rice or mash (curried as an option)
Rissoles and veg
Chow Mein and rice
Mine and veg pasta bake
Burgers - Nannas BBQ Patties
Parmy Meatloaf

Grilled Sausages
Devilled Sausages
Sticky Sausages
Slow Cooked Sausage Casserole
Toad in the hole
Curried sausages

Pasta Alfredo
Tuna Pasta
Mac n Cheese

Chicken and dumplings
Chicken pie
Baked pieces
Honey baked pieces
Chicken mornay

Tuna Mornay
Fish fingers and veg

Meat pie and veg
Baked Spuds
Eggs on toast
Canned Spaghetti on toast
Special Baked Beans
Fried rice
Quiche (a variety of different veg as fillings)

That's 33 different meals, so I'm sure we can find enough variety in that if planned out well.

What are your super frugal (at least under $10 for 4 people) meal ideas?

Take Care


  1. Wow, 33 meals - amazing. I'm always trying to do things with leftovers here even if it doesn’t seem conventional. I turn almost any leftovers into a pie. We have chickens so always have eggs, it’s amazing what you can add to quiche, frittata etc. Also pizza if you make your own pizza dough and just use bits you have in the fridge etc.

  2. I had meatballs for dinner last night and thought of you. Another bufget meal :-)

  3. 17 different kinds of pasta bake ;o) haha

    Really it depends what veggies are special, I tend to take that as my starting point. Chicken parmagiana is a good one as you slice the chicken breast into thirds or so then crumb it, cheap tomato passata, smidge of cheese and some plain pasta.

    And i hear you on the head gasket. we just had to replace one on the truck and it was $5.5k!!!!

  4. Great list Becci!

    Isn't it always the way that something goes worng just when you dont want or need it to...

    We should probably do these kind of meals all the time, just like Frugal Queen does :)

    I think it is fun trying to be as frugal as I can :)

    Good luck with it all!

    1. Very typical Tania. I think I will be eating a bit more like this for a few months. The money I save will go back into building up the stockpile.
      I couldn't eat like it all the time though. Can only have so much spaghetti on toast, but a meal like that a week I can do.

  5. hi, being italian and living in italy i really appreciate all these pasta recipes:)
    however, i have one which costs really few dollars:
    spaghetti, olive oil,garlic, chilly pepper , anchors and grated bread.
    toast the grated bread with grounded chilly pepper.
    in a pan, stir olive oil with garlic, add anchors and finally the bread. meanwhile cook the spaghetti exactly following the cooking time on the box. finally they must dente!
    have a great frugal life!