90 Meals For $1.25 Per Serving (or Less!)

Ramen noodles and fast food dollar menus aren’t the only way to slash your food budget. Although recent months have seen food prices continue to rise despite falling gas prices, a variety of meals can still be prepared at home for $1.25 per serving or less. This great list from the eBay Deals Blog team should provide significant savings if followed. Be sure to check them out for other ways to save every day.

Cooking on a tight budget starts with an understanding of which ingredients are most economical as well as how to get the most savings on higher-priced items. Check out these quick tips for significant grocery savings:

  • Prepare meals around which items are on sale that week at your grocery store. Stock up on meat when prices are low and freeze it for later.
  • Buy seasonal produce. Summer vegetables can cost you several times more in the winter, and they don’t taste nearly as good.
  • Don’t let anything go to waste. Soups are both economical and a smart way to use up leftover vegetables and meat scraps.
  • Avoid items marked up for convenience, like pre-cut vegetables, individually packaged meats, and bottled salad dressings.
  • Shop in the bulk bins. You’re not paying for packaging, and dried beans cost significantly less than canned.

Here are enough meals to feed you breakfast, lunch and dinner for a month, all at around $1.00 per serving or less.

Breakfast

1      Toad in a Hole $0.86/serving

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2      Eggs in Purgatory $0.49/serving

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3      Spinach, Onion and Potato Frittata $1.00/serving

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4      Pancakes from Scratch $0.30/serving

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5      Homemade Waffles  $0.40/serving

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6      Biscuits $0.41/serving

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7      Crockpot Oatmeal $0.33/serving

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8      10-Minute Banana Bread $0.20/serving

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9      Southern Cheese Grits $0.22/serving

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10   Pumpkin Molasses Bread  $0.35/serving

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11   Apple Pie Baked Oatmeal $0.60/serving

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12   Granola Bars $0.30/serving

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13   Migas $0.86/serving

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14   Baked Eggs with Spinach, Garlic and Tomatoes $0.81/serving

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15   Ham and Cheddar Waffles $0.92/serving

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16   Egg and Cheese Bake $0.96/serving

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17   Banana Bread Oatmeal $0.46/serving

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18   Pepper Jack Cornbread Muffins $0.34/serving

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19   Huevos Rancheros $0.60/serving

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20   Black Bean and Egg Burrito $0.99/serving

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21   Chocolate Chip Pancakes $0.78/serving

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22      Blueberry Crumb Cake $0.41/serving

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23      Homemade Bagels $0.07/serving

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24      Ultimate Cheap Breakfast Sandwich $0.69/serving

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25      Eggs with Mushrooms and Spinach  $1.12/serving

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26      Homemade Yogurt $0.52/serving

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27      English Muffins from Scratch  $0.14/serving

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28      Scrambled Egg Mufffins $0.57/serving

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29      German Pancakes $0.43/serving

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30      Apple Cinnamon Muffins $0.22/serving

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Lunch

1      Caramelized Onion Grilled Cheese $0.78/serving

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2      Kale and White Bean Pasta Fagiole $1.00/serving

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3      Sloppy Joes $0.78/serving

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4      Spinach and Egg Quiche $0.93/serving

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5      French Bread Pizza $0.88/serving

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6      Orzo with Spinach and Peppers $0.56/serving

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7      Pesto Chickpea Salad $1.00/serving

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8      Potato Latkes  $0.54/serving

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9      Garden Tomato Soup $0.74/serving

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10   Open Faced Italian Egg Sandwich $1.17/serving

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11   Veggie Burrito $0.75/serving

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12   Tuna and White Bean Salad $1.18/serving

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13   Mini Pizza Bagels $0.75/serving

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14   Chili Verde  $0.74/serving

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15   Grilled Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich $0.89/serving

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16   Macaroni and Cheese  $0.84/serving

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17   Corn Chowder $0.99/serving

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18   Tortilla Soup $0.66/serving

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19   Split Pea Soup $0.23/serving

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20   Egg Salad $0.53/serving

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21   Mashed Potato Soup $0.92/serving

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22   Falafel $0.30/serving

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23   Bean and Butternut Squash Chili $0.77/serving

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24   Egg and Canadian Bacon Pita Pocket $0.95/serving

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25   Lentil Tacos $0.68/serving

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26   Mexicali Meatless Tostadas $1.00/serving

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27   Tuna Pasta Salad $0.64/serving

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28   Macaroni Salad $0.50/serving

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29   Quinoa Tabbouleh $1.01/serving

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30   Broccoli Cheddar Baked Potatoes $0.95/serving

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Dinner

1      Arroz Con Pollo $0.96/serving

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2      Lemon Rosemary Chicken Thighs $0.73/serving

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3      Black Bean Burgers $0.67 serving

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4      Risotto Cakes $1/serving

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5      Winter Squash Souffle $0.73/serving

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6      Chicken Enchilada Pasta $0.91/serving

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7      Chicken and Onion Kebabs $0.66/serving

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8      Pasta Puttanesca $0.84/serving

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9      Twice Baked Potatoes $0.29/serving

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10   Black Beans and Rice with Roasted Sweet Potato and Lime $0.49/serving

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11   Mujaddara $0.65/serving

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12   Gnocchi $0.45/serving

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13   Southern Fried Chicken Livers $0.70/serving

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14   Sweet Potato and Black Bean Enchiladas $0.90/serving

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15   Chicken and Dumplings $1.01/serving

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16   Healthy Chicken Parmesan $0.80/serving

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17   Spaghetti Pie $0.50/serving

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18   Tuna Noodle Casserole $1.00/serving

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19   Beef Burrito $1.14/serving

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20   Carnitas $0.83/serving

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21   Pasta Carbonara $1.04/serving

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22   Black Bean Tacos $0.92/serving

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23  Tortellini with Ham and Peas $1.05/serving

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24   Chicken and Broccoli Curry $0.97/serving

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25   Broiled Drumsticks $0.86/serving

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26   Linguine with Garlic and Breadcrumbs $0.67/serving

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27   Roast chicken $0.75/serving

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28   Vegetable Fried Rice $0.43/serving

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29   Pierogies $0.31/serving

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30   Broccoli Rice Casserole $0.80/serving

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With this list we pay homage to many frugal and/or food blogs that help ascertain which meals are both inexpensive and delicious, without being too complicated.  Those blogs are:

MyRecipes.com
BudgetBytes.blogspot.com
5DollarDinners.com
35aWeek.com
TasteofHome.com
BudgetGourmetMom.com
AllRecipes.com
TheNourishingGourmet.com
TastyKitchen.com
MarthaStewart.com
GoodCheapEats.com
CheapRecipeBlog.com
Yummly.com
TraceysCulinaryAdventures.blogspot.com
Tofu-n-Sproutz.blogspot.com
TheHappyHousewife.com
TheFreshLoaf.com
TheBillFold.com
TheArtofCookingRealFood.blogspot.com
SimplyRecipes.com
SimplyFrugalLiving.com
SimpleBites.net
PerrysPlate.com
MyRetroKitchen.com
MyKitchenSnippets.com
My.HeartHealthyOnline.com
MomsPlans.com
MileHiMama.com
meatvacation.com
Macheesmo.com
KitchenMage.com/Blog
KateFromScratch.com
IowaGirlEats.com
Howto-Simplify.com
HomeCookingAdventure.com
HappyMoneySaver.com
HalleetheHomemaker.com
Food52.com
EzraPoundCake.com
EatingWell.com
ComfyintheKitchen.com
Christonium.com
Chow.com
Budget101.com
Blog.LandofNod.com
Behindtheskillet.blogspot.com

Have you ever made any of these dishes for your family?  What types of meals do you make on a budget regularly?  We would love to hear new and exciting ways you save money in the kitchen as well, or if you know of other great money saving food blogs you can post them here in the comments!

Notes about prices:

Costs per serving are based on the recipe source (these are the highlighted recipes), or calculated using the costs breakdowns on Budget Bytes. Oil, salt and pepper are not included in costs; the amounts used in these recipes is minimal and it’s assumed these are items already on hand and not specifically bought for one recipe.

 

5 thoughts on “90 Meals For $1.25 Per Serving (or Less!)

    • Hi Anne! Not right now–we’re just sharing these great recipes that we got from some of our favorite food-related blogs and website from around the Internet. You are more than welcome to copy, save, or print out any recipes you want to hang on to, though. And of course, if you whip up one of these, please let us know how it was :)

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