Feeding your family when you’re broke can be a challenge. Many families in our country live paycheck to paycheck and there may be times when payday is still several days away and your bank account is looking slim but you still have to feed your family. For many families they may be faced with the choice of keeping the electric on and paying rent or putting food on the table. So what do you do when you’re broke but still need to feed your family? You find cheap meals to fix!
When I was growing up my mom only got paid once a month. As we got closer to payday our meals would consist of ingredients that she had on hand rather than going to the store to buy more food. We called these “end of the month” meals. Here’s an example of an “end of the month” meal that we often had when I was growing up. As an adult I’ve often had to get VERY creative to come up with meals that used the ingredients we had on hand. We’ve shared with you before how we save money in our food budget. Be sure to check out the links below for ways you can save money on groceries.
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So to help you feed your family when money’s tight I have compiled a list of cheap meals. Be sure to pin this post so that you have it for future reference. You can easily Pin It or share on your social media accounts using the share buttons at the top of the post.
Cheap Meals To Feed The Family When You’re Broke
Here are even more cheap meal ideas for times when money is tight. I’ve included some breakfast ideas in this list. I don’t normally fix breakfast for my family but we sometimes have breakfast for dinner. Plus some of these recipes can be made ahead of time and frozen so that your family can reheat when they are ready to eat.
Eggs–I often make eggs in the muffin pan and bake them in the oven. Then I just reheat in the mornings for a quick, healthy breakfast.
Pancakes & Waffles–Some recipes call for milk but you can usually use water if you don’t have milk available.
Oatmeal–I’m not a big fan of hot oatmeal but I love Overnight Oatmeal. It’s kind of like cereal to me. Here’s a delicious recipe for Tropical Overnight Oatmeal and Blueberry & Banana Overnight Oatmeal.
Muffins–A simple muffin can often be made with pantry ingredients that you have on hand.
French Toast–All you need are eggs and bread….and maybe some cinnamon if you wish.
Toast–Top it with some jelly or butter for a quick, cheap breakfast.
Biscuits–Whether you like them with jelly, honey, or butter or maybe even eggs, biscuits are a cheap breakfast idea.
Breakfast Burritos–Add some eggs and other toppings such as black beans, salsa and cheese to a tortilla and you have easy breakfast burritos.
Macaroni and Cheese–add some ham (or hotdogs) and even some vegetables like broccoli and you have an easy meal.
Pizza–You can use pizza crust, tortillas, a loaf of french bread or even canned biscuits for the base of your pizza.
Pasta–you can’t get much cheaper than pasta. Add a jar of spaghetti sauce, alfredo sauce or even olive oil and garlic and you have a quick meal.
Soup & Grilled Cheese