Food Costs Keep Rising, Cheap Dinner Ideas Can Save Your Budget

Has your grocery store bill increased lately? Prices keep rising in stores across the United States. According to the Consumer Price Index, food at home costs increased by 6.5% last year.

It's frustrating to spend so much on the basics. Here are some creative meal planning and cheap dinner ideas.

1. Easy Cheap Casseroles

Everyone loves a standalone meal. And none combine multiple foods and taste as delicious as a casserole. Try a Shepherd's Pie, Taco Casserole, Beef Stroganoff to name a few.

2. Italian

Pasta is delicious and affordable. Check out new recipes for mac and cheese, lasagna, spaghetti, or pizza.

3. Meatless meals

Meat is costly. Look for meatless meals to save some extra money. Potatoes can be prepared multiple ways to create a delicious dish or simple add more veggies to dinner to stay healthy and cheap.

4. Sandwiches

Bread is rising in costs but it's still cheaper than most staples in your kitchen. There's an old-fashioned Sloppy Joe, Grilled Cheese, Hamburgers, Pulled Pork Sandwhiches, and many more to select from.

5. Breakfast for dinner

Breakfast is one of the cheapest meals of the day. Mainly because many people skip it, but there are a few breakfast items that are both nutritional and affordable. Look into oatmeal, omelets, pancakes with fruit.

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