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14 "Low-effort, High-Reward" Meals To Prepare When You Want To Save A Little Bit Of Cash

I'm someone who really enjoys eating at home — especially due to my always being money-conscious. However, with grocery prices being so high, sometimes buying ingredients and making an entire meal can get kind of pricey. I came across this Reddit thread where people were sharing their low-effort, very inexpensive meals they whip together when they're either trying to save a dollar or are short on cash. Here are some of the concoctions people shared.

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1."Ramen noodles."

A bowl of instant noodles with broth

2."Hotdogs, baked beans, and rice. I've heard it called several names, but my parents called it 'beanies & weenies.'"

u/esoteric_enigma

3."American style goulash with hamburger, tomato sauce, and elbow macaroni. I am fully aware this is totally inauthentic from the Hungarian version, but I don't care, it's good

u/llcucf80

"My grandmother threw in corn and sometimes peas. So good."

u/PenniesByTheMile

4."Toast bread, smash it down, put on pizza sauce and cheese and broil for personal pizza."

Two slices of bread toasting in an open toaster oven
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5."Frying hotdogs in corn tortillas like taquitos."

Hot dogs boiling in a pot on a stove
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6."Microwave noodles and a random collection of meat and veggies left over from other things aren't enough for a full meal."

u/CinderrUwU

7."Noodles and nothing got me through college. Boil some pasta, and add a spoonful of butter and some leftover parmesan packets from a pizza delivery. If I were feeling adventurous, I’d throw some red pepper flakes in there — a solid $0.30 dinner.

u/waffler71

8."Poor Man's Stew. One pound hamburger cooked in a large electric frying pan with 4-5 potatoes sliced up into chunks. Sprinkle in salt and pepper. It feeds four people for $10 or one person for three days."

A hamburger patty cooking in a frying pan on a lit gas stove
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9."Polenta with boiled potatoes with butter and a slice of cheese."

u/oldmanout

10."Many nights in college I could only afford tortillas and cheese so I would make myself quesadillas. It’s still a go-to for me when I can’t think of anything else to make."

Grilled quesadilla with melted cheese on a red plate
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11."Spam and couscous! I also love heating it for leftovers, even though I've had coworkers act disgusted when I tell them what it is."

u/indistrustofmerits

12."Kraft mac and cheese with tuna and broccoli mixed in."

A pot of creamy macaroni and cheese being stirred with a wooden spoon
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13."My grandmother's cheese spaghetti. I grew up in Puerto Rico. I don't know where she got this recipe, but she would make regular spaghetti, add in some tomato sauce, and butter, and use Kraft cheese slices, and that was the bomb."

u/Ok-Catch-5813

14."I buy chicken sausages, chop them up, and cook them with eggs. Best combo."

u/joeycraig

Do you have an easy, inexpensive meal that you like to whip up? If so, share it with me in the comments below!