What is the best frugal dinner you have ever made?

United States
January 5, 2008 3:55am CST
What is the best frugal dinner you have made? I cook frugal all of the time and we don't eat cheap food. I mean frugal is chicken and steak as long as you got it for a good price it is still a frugal meal. I mean we don't eat ramen every night. I think my best frugal recipe is Potato Soup. It is yummy and easy to make. How do you cook frugal?
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@lightningMD (5932)
• United States
9 Jan 08
I think my best frugal meals are soups. I buy a whole chicken usually for .69 cents a pound. I roast the chicken for dinner one night. Then the next day I boil the carcass. I then remove all the bones and skin. Then I make soup from the broth. I either make chicken and rice or chicken noodles soup. I put lots of onions,carrots and celery in my soup. This makes a big pot that will feed us for a few days.
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• Canada
10 Jan 08
My husband does this as well (also with turkey, ham bone) except when he boils his carcass, he'll also add the non-edible stuff from the veggies, for example the tops of the celery to add more flavour to the broth.
@brimia (6584)
• United States
8 Jan 08
I always make frugal meals. One of our favorites is veggie stir fry made with $1 Asian mixed frozen veggies, $1 bagged brown rice, and sometimes 1/2 of a package of $1.50 tofu. I also love to make inexpensive veggie soups and stews. Every once in awhile we'll have a pancake dinner.
@urbandekay (18312)
5 Jan 08
There was a time when I had no money but fortunately the local supermarket here sells a range of goods called 'value' these are cheaper even than their own brands and can allow one to subsist on a very small outlay. You could by value beans and bread and have beans on toast for about £0.14. Value rolled oats allowed the making of porridge for pennies, value tuna at £0.27 provided valuable protein, etc. all the best urban
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@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
20 Jan 08
i think my best frugal recipe is homemade beef/barley soup! i get the soup bone from the butchers (its a little over a dollar for 3 or 4) and barley is pretty cheap and so are potatoes and i put what ever veggies i have on hand in it...then we make fresh bread too! we rarely eat steak, eat pork and chicken and a lot of soups over the winter...
• Canada
10 Jan 08
I try to always cook 'frugally'. When I make the roasts, I cut them up to keep for other meals for example a Beef Roast, I would cut in three. One part to eat for dinner, another to make beef barley soup and the third to make beef pot pie (if it lasts that long because hubby has normally already dug in to make roast beef sandwiches for lunches) A pork roast will end up portioned for pie as well. When the ground beef goes on sale, I buy about 16lbs and make spaghetti sauce, lazagnas, meatloafs, cabbage rolls, soups, shephard's pie... enough to make about 28-32 meals.