Budgeting Recipes (Part 3)

Budgeting is a BIG deal in our home and where I get stuck the most is on food.

What to cook on budget. What to buy. When I can actually go out and not think about cooking a meal. And maybe how to make Top Ramon stop tasting like Top Ramon.

I know that when we think of cooking McDonalds yes is actually cheaper. Yes it is easier. But it’s not exactly healthier and it doesn’t exactly make us feel like we have accomplished something.

So an idea came to me… I want to be creative with recipes, I want to show recipes that I have made purely from what I find in the 99 Cent Only store. It’s actually not hard at all. Not at all.

I’m always amazed by what I can come up with when I do these kinds of trips to the 99 Cent Only. Will bell peppers be there this week? Do they have sugar and flour?

Everything there is come and go. One week it will be there full on a shelf the next 3 weeks it’s like it never existed.

So below are going to be links to recipes I cooked fully from the 99 Cent Only store with exception of the meat usually.

Just A Simple Plate of Nachos

99 Cent Only List:

  • Tortilla chips
  • Shredded cheese
  • Avocado 2
  • Lime
  • Cilantro
  • Tomatoes
  • Lettuce
  • Salsa
  • Nacho cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Bacon (I happened to be out of ground beef that night)

Homemade Gnocchi

99 Cent Store List

  • Flour
  • Eggs
  • Potatoes
  • Salt

If you are looking for easy sauces for these noodles too you can use canned marinara or Alfredo

Pizza Bubble Bread

99 Cent Store List

  • Canned Biscuits
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • Peperoni
  • Corn Meal

Ranch Cheddar Mash

99 Cent Store List

  • Potatoes
  • Milk
  • Ranch Dressing
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese

…These are just some of the recipes I already have up on the blog.

You can come up with your own!

Add fresh sautéed veggies with your top ramon. Like bell peppers, carrots, and peas.

Do the same with a basic Hamburger helper box. Add a Tablespoon of dry mustard, diced jalapeños, bell peppers and onions to make it even more delicious! (For a fun addition at the very end of the cooking process throw in diced pickles and tomatoes for a fun twist.) Chopped bacon can also be added in!

I hope you find this content helpful and you continue to check out my blog!

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