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The only list of cheap dinners for a family on a budget you need. Cheap and easy meals made of simple ingredients that kids and parents love.

Can you ever really have enough dinner ideas? Especially ideas that are cheap and easy (without a bunch of weird ingredients you never have on hand)?

Well that’s an easy no.

So go ahead and add these cheap dinners for a family to your meal plan list.

I’m willing to bet you’ll find a new family favorite here. Or even an oldie but goodie you somehow forgot all about!

Only The Best Cheap Dinners For A Family

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Cheap Crockpot Meals For Families

This Crock Pot Mexican Chicken throws together in no time flat, and is an easy way to mix up Taco Tuesday at your house.

Simple 3 ingredient recipes ALWAYS catch my attention, and this Easy Make Ahead 3 Ingredient Slow Cooker Caesar Chicken is the next one you should make.

Toss three ingredients into the crockpot, and then savor every bite of this Crockpot Pesto Chicken recipe!

There’s something about adding pop (soda? Coke?) to your ribs that makes them fall off the bone scrumptious. So don’t think twice about trying these Crockpot Root Beer Ribs.

Easy Stove Top Dinner Recipes

This Pasta with Garlic and Oil recipe will kick spaghetti night up a notch (without adding much effort or expense!).

For a truly cheap and affordable meal, use your ramen packets. But nix all that extra salt and top them using this Cheese Ramen recipe instead!

Butternut squash is often on a good sale, and you can turn it into an entire meal the family will love when you make this Easy 3 Ingredient Butternut Squash Soup.

For dinner that’s cheap and comes together in no time flat, try this Silly Chili Macaroni. The kids will love it!

For more last minute, simple dinner ideas, check out this list of meals.

Cheap Skillet Meals Families Love

This 3 Ingredient Chicken Flautas recipe is a great way to turn one of those $5 roasted chickens you can get at Sam’s Club into a whole new meal.

And if avocados aren’t on sale, you can always top it with your own favorites instead.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been relieved to find smoked sausage in the freezer for a quick and easy dinner. Now I can add Cola Kielbasa to my list of quick and easy ways to make it!

Have you ever craved alfredo sauce, but didn’t have any expensive heavy cream on hand? No worries! Now you can make this 3 Ingredient Fettuccine Alfredo with no cream (not even cream cheese!).

The Best Affordable Grill Recipes For Families

One of our go to recipes for using the classic, affordable pork chop is this Easy Grilled Pork Chop Marinade recipe.

Get a whole list of affordable family recipes for the grill right here.

Easy & Cheap Meals For Families

This Baked Tortellini Casserole is a yummy way to get dinner on the table. I have seen tortellini at Aldi for a great price, which would put this dinner firmly in the “cheap, easy, delicious” category we all love so much!

One of my sons is obsessed with ham sandwiches. He would love the new twist on these Ham and Cheese Puff Pastry Hand Pies!

This Cream Cheese and Chicken Chili is a family favorite around here. (Especially because you can throw it together in less than 5 minutes, and the ingredients are so cheap!)

Make a homemade pizza…you can throw this easy pizza dough together in just a few minutes, and there’s no need to wait for it to rise for more than 10 minutes before you use it!

Cheap Family Meals With Ground Beef

I’m really excited about trying this Five Ingredient BBQ Beef Tortilla Pie! This is a YUMMY way to use ground beef that isn’t the same ol’ same ol’ (if you know what I mean).

I know, I know, Mom’s recipe for meatloaf is always the right one. But on a night when you want to put dinner on the table fast, this Easy Stuffing Meatloaf is a fantastic alternative!

Cheap Family Meals With Chicken

This yummy Baked Ranch Chicken is easy to put in the oven for a delicious meal on a budget.

For comfort food, it’s hard to beat this Original Forgotten Chicken Recipe.

Sheet pan dinners are one of my favorite ways to put a cheap family meal on the table, and this BBQ Chicken Tenders Sheet Pan Dinner is favorite!

So which of these cheap family dinners will be your new favorite?