Counting Coins was built on the idea that if you want to live a truly frugal life you have to look at every aspect of your budget. Saving, paying off debt, investing and increasing your income are all good ways to combat financial turmoil, but they are mostly long-term solutions. In the meantime, you still have to eat.
Food and groceries can take a toll on your wallet, especially if you want to eat healthy. Luckily, Counting Coins is always on the lookout for cheap meals and recipes that can help you save on the little things.
Here are 10 cheap meals we found that will help combat the hunger pains and save you money during that last stretch before payday:
1. Crispy Cheddar Chicken
Yes, this chicken is crumbed with salty crackers.
2. Tuna-and-Macaroni Salad
Your Banting diet might not like macaroni, but your budget does…
3. Hash Browns
This potato classic is always a favourite, especially as a budget-friendly lunchtime snack.
4. Pasta with Grilled Sausage
You can always replace the pasta with 2-minute noodles (ramen noodles).
5. Tomato and basil omelette
The average price of eggs in South Africa is R2 an egg, and this is just one of the many ways you can use it.
6. Ham & Cheese Pinwheels
You had me at cheese!
7. Garlic-Knot Pizza Bake
You can also use bread dough for this.
8. A Creative Hot Dog
This is a creative twist on this classic end-of-month favourite.
9. Gordon Ramsay’s Scrambled Eggs
Even Gordon Ramsay likes budget-friendly ingredients. Watch Ramsay prepare this cheap classic on YouTube.
10. Peri-Peri Chicken Livers
The price of this South African delicatessen has been on the rise lately, so best stock up while it’s still on the cheap food items list.