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By shopping at a no-frills discount supermarket where food is dirt cheap, you can make six five-dollar meals that taste like twenty dollars. Some are even date-worthy! Just take $30 and buy all your ingredients at once to prepare for six days of getting your grub on, on the cheap. Here’s how!

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You will need:

  • 2 large chicken breasts = $3
  • 2lbs ground beef = $5
  • 1lb ham = $4.25
  • 1 onion, 1 green pepper = $1.25
  • 1 jar salsa = $2
  • 1 can tomatoes, 1 can tomato sauce,1 can tomato soup = $2.50
  • 1 can chili beans = $0.75
  • 1 jar spaghetti sauce =$1.50
  • 1 box instant rice = $1.50
  • 3 small potatoes = $2
  • 1 box of pasta = $1
  • 1 loaf of bread = $1
  • 3 – 8oz blocks of cheese (cheddar, Swiss and mozzarella) = $3.75
  • 12 pack of tortillas = $0.50

Total grocery bill = $30.00

You’ll also need a can of beer and some seasonings, but even the most helpless bachelor should have that in
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Quesadillas – The most complicated, but still pretty damn easy!

Cut chicken breasts into small strips and pan fry till golden brown. Set half of it aside and refrigerate.

  1. Dice up the rest of the meat up a little smaller and toss it with Mexican-style seasonings.
  2. Shred ½ of the cheddar and ¼ of the mozzarella over the seasoned chicken and mix it up good.
  3. Place enough of the mixture over over one tortilla to cover the entire surface, place another tortilla on top; like a sandwich.
  4. Use a table-top grill to press your tortilla “sandwiches” until the cheese is melted and the tortillas are golden and crispy.
  5. Pour ¼ of a jar of salsa into a small dish and place it on the center of a large plate. Cut quesadillas into triangles with a pizza cutter and arrange around the salsa dish.
  6. Follow box directions to make the rice, but add about ¼ cup of tomato sauce and some Mexican seasonings to turn it into an easy Spanish side dish. Ole!


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Sloppy Jose
- This twist on Sloppy Joe couldn’t possibly be any easier. Idiot-proof and tasty too! A Mexican take on an all-American favorite.

  1. Brown the ground beef.
  2. Add one can of tomato soup and ½ jar of salsa.
  3. Simmer ten minutes.
  4. Serve over grilled tortilla chips or hamburger buns.

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Monte Cristo – Cheap and delicious at breakfast, lunch or even dinner!

  1. Whip up an egg in a large bowl.
  2. Dip two slices of bread into the egg and lightly fry in a medium skillet.
  3. Place a handful of ham on top of one slice once you’ve flipped the bread a few times.
  4. Shred Swiss cheese over the ham and place the other slice of fried bread on top.
  5. Press with a spatula and flip until the ham is warm, cheese is melted and the bread is golden brown. Mmmm!


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Beer Chili – Another no fail delicacy! So easy, a caveman could do it.

  1. Dice the onion and pepper.
  2. Brown the ground beef, drain and transfer to a large pot or crock pot.
  3. Add seasonings, ½ of the diced peppers and onions, canned tomatoes and beans.
  4. Simmer for about two hours stirring occasionally, and each time you stir it, splash some beer into the mix. Take a slug or two if you like!
  5. Throw some cheddar on top and toast up some bread on the side. If you want to be fancy (to impress a chick) slice the bread into diagonal corners.

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Baked Pasta Italiano – Ridiculously simple and screams “That’s Amore’!”

  1. Prepare the pasta of your choice.
  2. Toss cooked pasta with oil, onions and peppers.
  3. Top with mozzarella and bake for fifteen minutes at 375.
  4. Drizzle with spaghetti sauce.


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Gourmet Potato Skins - Here’s the fun part! Now you get to make “fancy” finger foods with all of your leftovers!

  1. Bake your potatoes and cut them into lengthwise quarters.
  2. Scoop out all but ¼ inch of potato.
  3. Fill with leftover, chili, sloppy Joe, pasta and chicken.
  4. Top with cheese and bake.