5 Great Cheap Meals for Large Families

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The average family in the United States today spends 9.4 percent of its disposable income on food, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. But when you consider that the average family size in the country today is a little more than three people, it's easy to see that the 9.4 percent figure just doesn't apply when your family is, well, larger than average.

Planning delicious meals that don't break the bank can be a challenge for anyone, but that challenge is amplified when you're cooking for a big family. Sure, you may not have a Duggar-sized family, but knowing how to cut costs and make a large quantity of great food can come in handy for your brood of four or five kids, or even for extended family get-togethers.

The bottom line is that mealtimes don't have to send you to the poorhouse, and cheap food doesn't have to taste bad. Here we'll share five great meals that will feed an army and please a crowd without burning a hole in your wallet.