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Budget Meals

Budget Meals are not only wallet friendly but they can be delicious too. Learn how to shop on a budget, substitute expensive ingredients for cheaper ones and everything in between to keep the green in your hand.

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5 Recipes Using Cream of Mushroom Soup

We know you can use cream of mushroom soup in chicken or green bean casseroles. But there are lots more uses, ranging from cold pasta salads to warm mashed potatoes. We'll give you five new ways.


Throw It In a Salad! 5 Salad Recipes That Save You Money

Salads have come a long way from simple greens and dressing. We've got 5 recipes that definitely aren't your grandmother's salads. See more »

10 Alternatives to Expensive Ingredients

Some recipes are easy to improvise, while others require an exact set of ingredients to turn out. But sometimes you don't have the funds to include that one ridiculously overpriced additive. Don't worry; we have the alternatives you're looking for. See more »

10 Budget Busters on Everyday Restaurant Menus

Quick, which is the best deal on the menu: the roast chicken, the Caesar salad or the filet mignon? The answer might surprise you. See more »

10 Delicious Uses for Canned Beans

If you think beans are just a side dish, you don't know beans! Try some of these ideas for incorporating nutritious, quick-fixing canned beans into everything from party dips to desserts. See more »

10 Frugal Cooking Tips

To make the most of your food budget, you have to be a strategic shopper and a careful cook. Here are 10 steps you can take, both in the supermarket and in your kitchen, that are guaranteed to whittle down your grocery bills. See more »

10 Frugal Pantry Staples

Every pantry needs a stock of staple ingredients on hand for dinner, and these 10 won't hurt your purse strings too much. See more »

10 Frugal School Lunch Ideas

Has your kid uttered the immortal words, "Not baloney sandwiches again"? Well, what's a mom on a budget to do? Try one of these new school lunch ideas, of course! See more »

10 Great Casseroles on a Budget

Casseroles serve crowds, cook inexpensively and clean up in a jiffy. But can you make budget casseroles without sacrificing flavor? See more »

10 Healthy Family Meals on a Budget

Sure, you can take advantage of the "four cans for a dollar" special. But do you really want your family eating sodium-rich, canned food with preservatives every night? How can you make some healthy, cheap meals? See more »

5 Tips for Making a Meal for Under $25

Whole lobsters for four might be a splurge. But lobster mac and cheese? That's more reasonable. What simple tricks can keep your homemade meals under $25 without sacrificing the tastiest ingredients? See more »