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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!

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?

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?

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?

10 Low-budget Uses for Corn

Whether you serve it on the cob or as part of a larger dish, corn is both cheap and delicious. It's no wonder that the tasty vegetable is so popular with budget-minded eaters who don't want to sacrifice flavor for cost!

10 Party Food Ideas on a Budget

Times are tough, but the party must go on. These ideas for economical party fare let the good times roll without sinking your budget.

10 Reasons You Should Host a Potluck

You love to entertain, but who has time for all that cooking, decorating and cleaning? Luckily, you can solve all those problems with one word: potluck.

10 Tips for Grocery Shopping on a Budget

You don't have to spend a fortune on your groceries. We'll show you how.

5 Cheap Pasta Meals for Families

With rising food prices, pasta is a great foundation for feeding your family on the cheap. Check out our suggestions for a variety of satisfying, economical pasta meals.

10 Creative Ways to Use Banana Peppers

Do you have a bushel of banana peppers from your garden, and nothing to do with them? Never fear. We have ways to use them all.

5 Delicious Frugal Meals

You're not restricted to tasteless, lackluster foods just because you're on a budget. Here are five delicious and frugal meals that won't break the bank.

5 Easy Cheap Dinners for Families

Finding cheap family dinners that won't bore your brood might seem daunting. But we've cooked up five winners for you.

5 Easy Dinners for Kids

Making dinner every night isn't always easy, especially when you have kids. But don't worry -- you can create these no-fail meals your children are sure to love, regardless how long you have to prepare.

5 Frugal Gourmet Recipes

If gourmet meals seem out of reach because of your budget, it's time to change the way you think about high-end food. Savvy chefs know that frugal gourmet cuisine lies in fresh ingredients and a sense of creativity in the kitchen.

5 Great Cheap Meals for Large Families

Feeding a large family on a budget? We've got some surprising options, ranging from jambalaya to pulled pork.

5 Healthy Vegetarian Meals on a Budget

Your body won't be the only thing getting healthier if you eat vegetarian meals more often -- your bank account could also reap the benefits.

5 Holiday Meals That'll Break the Bank

Hosting a holiday gathering is never a snap, so why make it harder on yourself by cooking dishes with expensive ingredients? Here are five holiday meals you should steer clear of if you don't want to spend a fortune.

5 Low-cost Foods That Are Full of Vitamins

Do you think eating healthy is expensive? It certainly doesn't have to be.

5 Low-Cost Ways to Get Your Daily Fiber

Picking the high-fiber apple over the high-sugar cookie isn't always about self-discipline. It can also be a financial consideration: In most cases, the apple costs more. How can you get more fiber for less?

5 Recipes for Leftover Corn on the Cob

Today's leftover corn on the cob is ideal for tomorrow's supper. Here are five recipes to prove it.

5 Recipes for Meals that Keep Well

It's often a challenge to put a fresh, home-cooked meal on the table every night. Make-ahead meals can save you a ton of time and money, plus they refrigerate or freeze beautifully!

5 Recipes That Cost Less Than $2

You don't have to be an extreme couponer to produce delicious meals on the cheap!

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.

5 Tips for Cooking for a Crowd on a Budget

Want to throw a shindig but don't have the cash to go crazy on food? Here are some tips to stretch every food-related party dollar to the max.

5 Tips for Saving Fresh Herbs

Fresh herbs can pack a flavor punch in your dishes, but they don't last very long in your fridge. These five tips will have you cooking fresh for a long time to come.


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