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12 Good, Inexpensive Meal Ideas Other Than Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches

We all want to save money on groceries and food costs but can you eat other than the usual suspects like pb & j’s and Ramen noodles? Here are 12 good, inexpensive meal ideas to get your wheels turning. Still on the hunt for more inexpensive meal ideas? How to Easily and Painlessly Break the Eating Out Habit and a list of 98 Cheap and Easy Foods to Make Under $5.

What are your favorite inexpensive meals?

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  • 12 Good, Inexpensive Meal Ideas Other Than Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches 1 of 13
    12 Good, Inexpensive Meal Ideas Other Than Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches
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  • Fruit Salad 2 of 13
    Fruit Salad
    Being both healthy and colorful you can't go wrong with this meal idea. Even better, many fruit is coming into season making it that much more less expensive.
    Image Credit: Pink Sherbet Photography
  • French Toast, Pancakes, Waffles 3 of 13
    French Toast, Pancakes, Waffles
    Breakfast foods any time of the day are a cheaper alternative to many lunch and dinner options.
    Image Credit: Kim Scarborough
  • Crepes 4 of 13
    Crepes
    I used to think that you had to have a fancy crepe pan or similar magic skills to be able to make crepes. I found this recipe and it changed my entire crepe experience. They are SO easy to make!
    Image Credit: Kanko*
  • Rice, Beans, Avocado, Tortilla 5 of 13
    Rice, Beans, Avocado, Tortilla
    This is a simple, fresh-feeling, easy meal that you can't go wrong with.
    Image Credit: madaise
  • Eggs and Toast 6 of 13
    Eggs and Toast
    Scrambled, over-easy, poached- any way you like them eggs are a cheap, high-protein meal option.
    Image Credit: Podknox
  • Oatmeal 7 of 13
    Oatmeal
    Super versatile and high in fiber.
    Image Credit: thebittenword.com
  • Quesadillas 8 of 13
    Quesadillas
    Another extremely versatile option. Keep it simple with cheese only or add-in everything but the kitchen sink. It's completely up to you!
    Image Credit: ultrakml
  • Grilled Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich 9 of 13
    Grilled Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich
    Peanut butter is an inexpensive and filling ingredient. Mix it up in new ways to keep boredom at bay.
    Image Credit: mary_thompson
  • Canned Soup and Bread 10 of 13
    Canned Soup and Bread
    When soup that you like goes on sale grab a couple of cans of it. Get a day-old loaf of french bread and you've got yourself an easy, inexpensive feast.
    Image Credit: Tanya!
  • Hummus with Veggie and Pita 11 of 13
    Hummus with Veggie and Pita
    Hummus is very easy to make if you have a food processor and it can even be made in the blender. Add veggies and pita and it's a meal.
    Image Credit: Veganbaking.net
  • Tuna salad or Egg salad 12 of 13
    Tuna salad or Egg salad
    Mix up tuna or chopped hard-boiled eggs with a bit of mayo, toss in a sprinkle or two of garlic salt, add celery or lettuce for some crunch and you're good to go!
    Image Credit: Le living and co.
  • Breakfast Burritos 13 of 13
    Breakfast Burritos
    Toss some scrambled eggs into a tortilla with some cheese and you've got a meal any time of the day.
    Image Credit: erin & camera

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