Tater Tot Casserole
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Tater Tot Casserole

Tater Tot Casserole is one of our favorite go-to cheap meals. It makes mass quantities, everyone loves it, and it’s oh-so-cheap. I always include this on my “favorite freezer meals” list. Tater Tot Casserole Recipe Type: Dinner Cuisine: Freezer Meals Author: Kelli Brink Prep time: 10 mins Cook time: 45 mins Total time: 55 mins Serves: 12 My version of the classic comfort food fave, Tater Tot Casserole. This is also one that I ALWAYS include on my freezer cooking days! Ingredients 1 Bag Tater Tots 1 Steamer Bag Frozen…

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Thai Ramen Noodles
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My Version of “Thai” Ramen Noodles with Peas & Mushrooms

I love Ramen. I could eat it daily, but, sadly, I think it may shorten my lifespan and I’d swell up like a hot air balloon. Did you know that if you ate Ramen Noodles for every meal, every day, for a year, you’d only spend $140 A YEAR on groceries?? It’s true! The dirt cheap price of Ramen has made it a staple for college co eds for years, and that’s the very same reason YOU should add it to your menu plan, as well! (IN MODERATION)! This recipe…

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Best-Ever Beans & Rice

This is one of my all time favorite meals! It’s dirt-cheap, healthy and it makes a gigantic pot that you can eat all week or freeze for another meal (freezer meals, yay!!!!) Best-Ever Beans & Rice Recipe Type: Dinner Cuisine: Southern Food Author: Kelli Brink Prep time: 10 mins Cook time: 90 mins Total time: 1 hour 40 mins Serves: 10 This meal makes a ton & sticks to your ribs! It’s also dirt-cheap and SUPER healthy! Ingredients Dried Beans (any kind) 1 Carton Chicken or Veggie Broth 1 Diced…

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Cheap Alfredo Pasta with Chicken & Veggies

Ok, so this isn’t exactly made-from-scratch…BUT, this is a quick, easy and cheap meal that is great for busy nights. You can even make it ahead and freeze it. Gotta love those freezer meals! And it’s fairly healthy, too, made with grilled chicken and a big dose of veggies! This is definitely a go-to meal in our family. Everyone likes it, even the kids! Cheap Alfredo Pasta with Chicken & Veggies Recipe Type: Dinner Cuisine: Freezer Meal Author: Kelli Brink Prep time: 5 mins Cook time: 20 mins Total time:…

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Cheap Homemade Crockpot Veggie Soup

This is a go-to favorite ย in our family. It’s made of nothing but canned veggies, broth & herbs. It could not be simpler! You’ll be surprised at how DELICIOUS it is! It costs just a few dollars for a GIANT crockpot full, and it is so healthy! I make it healthier by always draining and rinsing my canned veggies to remove the excess sodium. Cheap Homemade Crockpot Veggie Soup Recipe Type: Soup Cuisine: Crockpot Author: Kelli Brink Prep time: 5 mins Cook time: 6 hours Total time: 6 hours 5…

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Cheap & Easy Bruschetta Appetizer Recipe

Well, it’s official… I’m crushing on Bruschetta! And it all started because my husband brought home a cheap, one-dollar, day-old baguette from the store and I just couldn’t let it go to waste. I looked through my pantry and found everything I needed for a quick Bruschetta. Here’s the recipe, and my video on how I made it.   Cheap & Easy Bruschetta Appetizer Recipe Recipe Type: Appetizer Cuisine: Italian Author: Kelli Brink Prep time: 5 mins Cook time: 4 mins Total time: 9 mins Serves: 6 A cheap, quick,…

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Cheap DIY Colloidal Oatmeal Bath Treatment

Colloidal oatmeal is a soothing addition to baths for the treatment of eczema, rashes, and other skin irritations. To put it simply, colloidal oatmeal is nothing more than VERY finely-ground oatmeal. So then why is it so expensive?! It doesn’t have to be if you DIY it! ๐Ÿ™‚ Both of my little guys suffer from really bad eczema, especially in the cold, dry winter like what we’re having now. We have prescription meds to treat the problem, but whenever possible, I prefer to go the natural, homeopathic route first. We’ve…

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10 Crazy Money Saving Things We’ve Done… & How They Made Us Better People

There are a lot of blog posts out there with money saving ideas. But this blog post is different because it has ideas you probably won’t see anywhere else, because, let’s just say they’re a little bit unique. My husband and I do all of the things on this list, except that we are no longer a 1-car family. We now own two cars outright that we paid cash for. What we discovered in our savings journey, is that the things we do to save money have really ended up…

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Week 2: How I Fed My Family For $48.90 This Week!

If you like my frugal meal plan series, you’ll LOVE my Ebook! 1 Month of Dirt Cheap Dinners brings you an entire month of easy, frugal & delicious recipes, along with meal plans and shopping lists! Best part, it’s only $1.99! Welcome to WEEK 2 in my money-saving meals series! Be sure to check out the rest of the series, too! WEEK 1 Here … WEEK 3 Here The details: We live on a budget to help bring us closer to achieving our dream of being completely debt free! ๐Ÿ™‚…

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Frugal Finds: Weekend Garage Sale Scores!

Going to garage sales is a favorite weekend pastime for Dr. B and me. We love packing the kids up in the van, getting some good coffee, and heading out on a treasure hunt. We’re always searching for antique vintage items that fit into my vintage home decor theme. My husband likes to find fishing gear, tools, and outdoor gear. We also are always on the hunt for baby gear bargains. Some weekends we have very little luck, and some weekends we score so big it gives us a high…

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