Hedge Against Rising Food Costs with these Cheap Dinner Ideas

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. 

The most significant category increases included meats, poultry, fish, and eggs. These increases have significantly impacted the average household grocery budget and meal planning for family dinners. 

These cheap dinner ideas come from frugal ingredients where the meat is versatile and allows you to shop according to the current market prices.   

Save money and time by making chili, pot roast, beef stew, or vegetable soup. Slow cooker recipes usually use cheaper ingredients and make enough for leftovers

Crock Pot Meals

Casseroles, or one sheet pan dinners, combine foods that create a standalone meal. Make Shepard's pie, beef stroganoff, or even a taco casserole


Pasta dinners provide many food choices that are affordable and delicious. They are often a simple meal favorite that kids love too.  Try a simple mac & cheese or a more complex baked ziti


Meat is a top driver of rising food costs. Try vegetarian options like rice and beans or veggie stir fry

Go meatless

Most sandwiches are cheap and easy. Make a grilled cheese, BLT, or pulled pork sandwich for a cheap, easy dinner