7 Frugal Meal Recipes You Can Make at Home in Minutes ...


If you’re on a budget, then preparing food can sometimes seem like a chore rather than a pleasure as you budget, coupon, and try to come up with frugal meals that are still tasty. I know how daunting this can seem because I’ve been there and watched my mother go through it too. I learned years ago that making frugal meals at home can actually be less stressful than we sometimes make it. Often times, the idea of budgeting is worse than the actual action of it. Food should still be able to be a filling, nutritious, and pleasurable experience without you having to eat off the dollar menu at McDonald’s. That won’t get you anywhere but an expanded waistline and isn’t going to teach you how to budget your meals in the long haul. To show you just how tasty, simple and stress-free frugal meals can be, I found some pretty awesome recipes that I think you’ll like. Not only are they cheap, but also filling, nutritious, and delicious!

1. Banana Breakfast Shake

Banana Breakfast Shake

Breakfast isn’t only the most important meal of the day, but also one of the easiest frugal meals to make. Here in this shake, super inexpensive bananas are paired with inexpensive oats and yogurt. l like to buy yogurt in bulk when Greek yogurt goes on sale for a dollar. The total cost of this meal is less than $2 per serving and you’ll have plenty of leftover bananas and oats to make this all throughout the week. Keep a bag of frozen banana slices in your freezer so you can make these anytime you want, and you'll also get a frostier treat than using fresh bananas. I like to buy bananas when they are browned and marked down at the store. This will save you even more money and they’re so much sweeter this way!


1 chopped, frozen banana

1/3 cup rolled oats

Pinch of cinnamon

1 packet of your choice sweetener or 1 tsp. honey

1 container of plain Greek yogurt (try to buy it on sale)

1 tbsp. peanut butter, almond butter or flaxseeds (optional)

1 cup water

1 cup ice


Blend all of the ingredients in a blender in the order listed.

Drink immediately or pack in a to-go thermos to drink on the way to work.

Source: marthastewart.com

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