Searching for meals under ten dollars? These delicious and inexpensive dinner menus (plus some breakfast and lunch ideas!) will help you feed a family of four for ten dollars. Or less. My book Everything Meals on a Budget is the source for some of these recipes, but others are tried and true old fashioned choices from my mother and grandmothers.
The cost for these recipes was calculated using SimonDelivers.com and Peapod.com, starting in 2008. You will probably be able to find foods for less, but since prices are going up every second, I feel safe using these comparable stores. And remember that these prices are only an educated guess. No one can predict the price of any food around the world at any one time. Since I've been putting these meals together since 2008, there's no guarantee that the prices listed here will equal the prices in your area, so please take that into consideration.
At any rate, to save money on meals, make a list (and stick to it!), shop for bargains, use coupons, stock up when something is on sale, and don't let food go to waste. Know the cost of basic foods and comparison shop. I've found, when looking up prices online, that they vary tremendously. Also be sure when you're comparing foods that you're comparing the same thing. A can of tomato sauce with onion and spices isn't the same thing as a can of plain sauce.
Enjoy these inexpensive and delicious ten dollar meals. And bookmark this page, because I'll be adding regularly to this collection of menus.