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Dinner ideas for $10 or less

Newlywed, new mom and first-time home buyer, Sarah is currently playing out her exciting life in Phoenix, Arizona. She recently gave up her job in finance to stay at home with her baby girl, who between bath time and feeding time, keeps ...

15 affordable meals!

Looking for creative dinner ideas that don't cost an arm and a leg? You've come to the right place! Here are 15 budget-friendly recipes — all for $10 or less!

I'm the type of person who's always on a budget — so when it comes to making dinner, spending large amounts of money just isn't an option. That being said, one can only eat spaghetti, tacos and hamburgers so many times without getting sick of them. Let's just say I've reached my limit on your everyday "budget-friendly" dinners. Thankfully, we found 15 not-so-ordinary recipes that won't break the bank!

1

Creamy chicken and mushroom skillet

 Dinner ideas for $10 or less

There's a good chance you'll have most — if not all — of these ingredients on hand. It's a perfect meal for fall, super easy to make and, best of all, inexpensive!

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2

Spaghetti tacos

 Dinner ideas for $10 or less

I know I said I've reached my limit on spaghetti and tacos, but these spaghetti tacos are a huge hit with my family. My favorite part about them? I always have all the ingredients on hand!

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3

Broccoli chicken macaroni and cheese

 Dinner ideas for $10 or less

Super easy and super cheap! If you don't have sun-dried tomatoes, slice up some fresh ones instead.

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4

Buffalo chicken tater tot casserole

 Dinner ideas for $10 or less

Have some extra tater tots in the freezer you're not quite sure what to do with? Spice them up and have them for dinner with this buffalo chicken tater tot casserole recipe!

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5

Crock pot chicken and dumplings

 Dinner ideas for $10 or less

Another recipe where you most likely have everything on hand. If not, fear not — the ingredients are cheap! This recipe also makes enough to have leftovers the next day!

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6

Pot roast sliders

 Dinner ideas for $10 or less

A fabulous — and delicious — twist on the basic pot roast is the slow cooker pot roast sliders! Consider doubling the recipe and having burritos the next day.

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7

Bubble up pizza

 Dinner ideas for $10 or less

The whole family will enjoy this simple, yet delicious, pizza recipe. And since it contains just three ingredients — refrigerated biscuit dough, pizza sauce and mozzarella cheese — it's super affordable.

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8

Southwestern quinoa bake

 Dinner ideas for $10 or less

Quinoa, enchilada sauce, black beans and assorted veggies come together to make this healthy Mexican-inspired casserole.

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9

Homemade basil pesto over penne

 Dinner ideas for $10 or less

Who knew homemade pesto could be so easy? It's actually less expensive than buying the premade stuff in a jar. This delicious meal won't run you more than a few bucks — and you'll most likely have leftovers!

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10

Grilled salmon with caramelized onions

 Dinner ideas for $10 or less

This super-healthy dish is something the whole family can enjoy. Since salmon can be pricey, keep an eye out for sales at your local grocery store. The only other ingredient you'll need — assuming you have butter and olive oil on hand — is an onion!

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11

Slow cooker barbecue chicken

 Dinner ideas for $10 or less

This is one of my favorite dishes. You can eat it as is or shred the chicken and make into sandwiches. Also, if you don't have apple cider vinegar or brown sugar on hand, you can simply use barbecue sauce only and is tastes great!

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12

Homemade beef and broccoli

 Dinner ideas for $10 or less

Beef, check. Broccoli, check. White rice, check. Skip the take-out and enjoy this homemade beef and broccoli in the comfort of your own home!

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13

Super stuffed baked potatoes

 Dinner ideas for $10 or less

Baked potatoes are a favorite fall food of mine. Stuff them with bacon, broccoli and cheese for a complete meal!

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14

Grilled bruschetta chicken kebabs

Grilled bruschetta chicken kebabs

Chicken kebabs make an affordable and fun family dinner. This bruschetta chicken recipe is a great way to use up leftover pesto.

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15

Bean and veggie chili

 Dinner ideas for $10 or less

Cooler weather means warm chili and soups are a necessity. This easy bean and veggie chili is sure to make your night better and keep your wallet happy!

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