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.

Cheap Chicken recipe

Get the recipe from: Jamie Cooks it up

2. Tuna-and-Macaroni Salad

Your Banting diet might not like macaroni, but your budget does…

tuna salad

Get the recipe from: My Recipes 

3. Hash Browns

This potato classic is always a favourite, especially as a budget-friendly lunchtime snack.

hash brown

Get the recipe from: allrecipes 

4. Pasta with Grilled Sausage

You can always replace the pasta with 2-minute noodles (ramen noodles).

cheap pasta recipes

Get the recipe from: My Recipes 

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.

Cheap omelette recipes

Get the recipe from: Jamie Oliver 

6. Ham & Cheese Pinwheels

You had me at cheese!

Cheap meals

Get the recipes from: Williams- Sonoma Taste

7. Garlic-Knot Pizza Bake

You can also use bread dough for this.

Cheap pizza bake

Get the recipes from: Delish 

8. A Creative Hot Dog

This is a creative twist on this classic end-of-month favourite.

Cheap hotdogs

Get the recipe from: Real Simple

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.

Peri Peri chicken

Get the recipe from: Robertsons


About The Author

Enrique Grobbelaar

Enrique is the eternal entrepreneur: his first venture was selling off his parents’ household goods at bargain prices to their neighbours at age seven. All other endeavours thus far have been entirely above board.

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