Broke as a Joke ? 30 Meal Ideas For the Times When Cash is Low

Times can be hard. So we have meal ideas from our kitchen and from those of our group members for when you are broke as a joke but still, need to eat. 

Be sure to come Check out Mrs. G’s Cooking Corner for more meal ideas

Cheap meal ideas for when you are broke

  1. Chicken Corn Chowder
  2. Salisbury Steak over potatoes or rice
  3. Spaghetti and meat sauce with bread
  4. Canned beef stew over rice or potatoes
  5. Eggs and toast
  6. Mac n Cheese with Tuna and Peas
  7. Mac n Cheese with hamburger
  8. Beef flavored rice with hamburger mixed in and a veggie on the side or mixed in.
  9. Chicken flavored rice with chicken mixed in and a veggie added in.
  10. Pancakes
  11. Tuna Noodle Casserole
  12. Hamburger Helper
  13. Raman and hotdogs’
  14. Beans and Hotdogs
  15. Cheap Sandwiches like Bologna, PB & J, Tuna Salad, Grilled cheese and add cheap canned soup.
  16. Beans and Rice
  17. Chop Suey
  18. Baked chicken drumsticks and potatoes with a veggie.
  19. BLTs
  20. Loaded baked potatoes add small amounts of cheese, meats or whatever you have on hand.
  21. Chili and cornbread
  22. English Muffin Pizzas
  23. Corn Dogs
  24. Frozen Pizza
  25. Tuna melts
  26. French Toast
  27. Tator Tot Casserole
  28. Easy Hamburger Soup

29. Chicken Nuggets and fries.

30. Cereal and fruit

What are your go-to meals when cash is tight?


Chicken and Rice Dinner with Homemade Bread

When money is slim we tend to fall back on cheap meals that are stick to your ribs filling that does not break the bank. This Chicken and Rice Dinner with Bread is just that sort of meal. I am going to assume you have a pantry with things like flour and margarine and little things like that. So the meal out of pocket came to $6.00 for six adults/teens plus a toddler sized portion that she promptly took two bites of and fed to the dogs….

How I feel six adults dinner for six dollars with this frugal meal.

Cost Break Down

Chicken Breast we bought a two pack at Save A Lot yesterday on sale two large breasts for $4.21 We are using 1 tonight so

Chicken $2.11

2 boxes Rice A Roni Pilaf Flavor

2 Rice $2.00

Broccoli 1 steam fresh bag from Target

Broccoli 1.00

My guess to make the bread it cost well under $1.00 but we will toss it out as that much just to keep things real.

Bread Ingredients $1.00

Total $6.11


Make rice according to the package instructions.

Cube chicken into 1/2 inch cubes and cook in a small amount of margarine until just browned and cooked through.

Microwave broccoli according to package directions.

Once everything is done dump it in with the rice and stir it together and serve,


You can vary this meal with whatever type of rice you like, meat or veggies. The possibilities are endless.

Bread helps make this meal more hearty. You could purchase it or easily make it at home. I make mine with a bread machine on nights I realize I would like some but it is too late to fuss with the mixer and rising cycles. My machine has a 58-minute cycle it comes in handy when I need a loaf fast.

Homemade bread

Come back tomorrow and I show you how I make bread in my speedy bread maker.


What is your favorite frugal meal?





Alligator Cake Pull Apart Cupcake Design

Let me say I love these pull apart cupcake cakes.

So easy to make and no playing around flipping cakes out of pans to tear them up before you even start. Can you guess this happens to me a lot?

This alligator cake was super simple and I put my own little spin on it.

I had leftover cupcakes so I just placed them around and decorated them separately. There is no need to do that it is just what I choose to do. Fish on them would have been cute. But more time-consuming

alligator cupcake pull apart cake.

This alligator cupcake pull apart cake was made the morning of the party so it has to be easy!

When I said I wanted to keep it simple I really did mean that. What you see is a couple boxed cake mixes and about five cans of frosting. One thing I would have done differently was to have added about a 1/4 of a cup powdered sugar just to stiffen the frosting slightly as it was hot and pretty loose. Poor alligator his snout got a bit droopy LOL. Oh and I should add that I did add food coloring gels to the vanilla frosting.

Alligator homemade Birthday cake

I have one other reason I like these pull apart cakes. They are so much easier to serve just grab and go. So they are perfect for a large crowd. Not to mention this alligator cake was pretty unique and caught my guests by surprise. he made a nice little conversation piece.

I did not come up with this idea on my own, however. I found it on Pinterest and it lead me here

Alligators and cupcakes how you can impress your guests with this super simple cupcake based pull apart cake.

Do you make your own cakes? What is the most unique or creative cake you have made feel free to link to it!

I am sure that for me this alligator cake takes the cake on that one!