10 Easy Dinner Ideas on a Budget

Besides being cheap, these recipes are so easy your kid can help you cook! See more easy weeknight meals pictures.
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At the end of a long day of work, school or taking care of your family, the last thing you probably feel like doing is slaving over a hot stove. While you may be tempted to turn to fast food or a local pizza joint to get dinner on the table, ordering out too often can put a major strain on your family's food budget. To keep costs down without sacrificing time, stick to simple recipes and basic ingredients that'll help you make the most of your time in the kitchen. Need some ideas? Try these 10 easy and affordable dinners, all of which are designed to get dinner on the table in a hurry without breaking the bank.

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