Frugal Meal Ideas for When You’re Tired of Beans and Rice

Written By Mary Beth Eastman
Last updated April 28, 2020

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Paying down outstanding debts and living within a budget is always a good idea. In fact, this is the best way to get back on the right path to financial success and freedom. However, you do not have to starve your way out of debt. Since food and groceries account for the bulk of monthly bills for most families, these are essentials – but can be tailored to meet your financial budgeting needs. In fact, here are some frugal meal ideas, which will not have you and yours on rice and beans until your debts are paid off.

Pizza is one of the most popular foods in the world After all, who can resist the melting cheese, tomato sauce and crispy crust? However, you don’t need to order from Pizza Hut or buy frozen pizzas to meet your taste buds. All you need is a loaf of bread, tomato sauce, onions and some cheese slices to create pizza toasts. This is a cost-effective way to enjoy those Italian flavors while saving big bucks on groceries as well. Here’s how to do it:

· Simply apply some tomato sauce on multiple slices of bread.

· Place some cheese (Mozzarella, ricotta, or any cheese you desire) onto the slices and spread evenly.

· Add some onions, garlic, peppers, or whatever quenches your taste buds.

· Place in conventional or toaster oven on high for 15-20 minutes. Make sure to monitor the heating as to prevent the toast and cheese from getting burnt.

If you are tired of rice and beans, tuna is great for lunch or dinner. Mixed with mayonnaise and herbs, spread on croissants from your local grocery store, tuna can be a hearty and delicious treat. Add some onions, along with cheese and bell peppers for a healthy and nutritious meal. You can even have tuna salad for dinner, which goes great with salty crackers or chips. Tuna can also make a pasta dish more filling or top a salad for extra healthy protein.

Sandwiches can be a healthy alternative for any fitness diet or exercise regimen. With essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients, you can enjoy all type of sandwiches for lunch and dinner. This includes ham, turkey, and roast beef, along with meatball marina and even veggie sandwiches for the health-conscious in your family. Vary the protein, condiments and fillings, and bread base for something completely new each time. Sandwiches are filling and very easy to make at home. Similarly, they do not cost much at your local sandwich shop or bakery – making them a cost-effective luxury or meal out.

Getting out of debt does not mean you and your family have to eat plain and boring meals. There are so many meals you can make with the items you already have in your pantry and refrigerator, using low-cost ingredients you can buy in bulk. But if these menu tweaks still aren’t enough to make a dent in your debt, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Services such as debt consolidation and settlement can help you attack your debts until you’re free and clear.

About the Author

Mary Beth Eastman

Mary Beth Eastman serves as the content manager for Simple. Thrifty. Living, where she is dedicated to helping readers use money and credit wisely. Mary Beth believes that access to the right financial information paired with a growth mindset are essential tools for getting out of debt and building wealth. Mary Beth has a degree in Journalism from Bowling Green State University and has focused her 20-year journalism career on putting readers front and center, carefully considering their concerns and presenting information that will help them in their everyday lives. She has won numerous statewide journalism awards. Her writing on personal finance as been featured on numerous websites in addition to Simple. Thrifty. Living, including Huffington Post and Lexington Law blog. Mary Beth resides in Pittsburgh, Pa., with her family and two rescue dogs.

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