Budget Friendly Dinner Ideas

By Michelle P. Sharrow, MBA

Are you shuttling back and forth from school to extracurricular activities? Is this running you ragged and leaving you puzzled on your meal times? Well it doesn’t have to be that way, with a little pre-planning, meal times can be simple and quick yet scrumptious and memorable. Here are just three ways for your family to enjoy dinner on a budget.

Sunday and Monday Meals

Start the week off with Boston Market. If you like rotisserie chicken or turkey breast, Boston MarketTM is running a great special. For a limited time with the purchase of any family meal, which comes with your choice of healthy sides, you can buy a whole rotisserie chicken for $1.99. For under $30, you can purchase a wholesome meal for four with four sides. Use the extra entrée for Monday’s dinner. Your options are limitless. You can easily make chicken salad sandwiches or chicken noodle soup with the extra chicken.

Tuesday and Wednesday Night Options

I don’t know about your family, but in mine’s meals are very small and easy to prepare on Tuesday or Wednesday of the week. Do your kids like pizza? Would you like to have something fresher than the ones from the refrigerated section of the grocery store? Try Little Ceasars. Little Ceasars has the hot and ready pizzas for only $5. These large pizzas are available with just cheese or with cheese and pepperoni. Just as quick as grabbing one from the grocery store, these pizzas are already ready so you don’t have to wait and for $5 is a great value.

Another easy meal solution is a local restaurant. Quite a few restaurants such as Lone Star offer free kids meals or adult entrée with the purchase of an adult entrée at regular price. Offered on slow nights, this is an excellent way to try some new restaurants and chef specials without going for broke. You can find many specials on free dining by paying attention to local sales advertisements that come in the mail or included in city papers.

Thursday and Friday Nights

As the work week winds down, Thursday and Friday night dinners could also be very simple. Hot dogs are a simple and quick yet fun way to feed your kids. If hot dogs don’t get your excited, tuna is a healthier alternative. Just as easy to prepare, throw some tuna on bread along with some mayonnaise or salad dressing for a quick meal or boil some noodles and make a tuna macaroni salad.

Saturday Nights

For your Saturday meal, just repeat one of the previously mentioned options or settle for some good old sandwiches and chips. That’s what I do.

Meal times don’t have to be stressful. As more and more families spend time away from home, with commuting and after school activities, deciding what to have for dinner doesn’t have to be hard.

 

Michelle Sharrow

Michelle Sharrow

Michelle P. Sharrow, MBA is a seasoned freelance writer specializing in personal finance. Based in Waldorf, Maryland, she holds a Masters Degree with a concentration in Finance. Michelle provides a monthly column on ways to help families maintain their finances and stick to a budget titled, Budgeting and Savings for Families.

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