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27 Easy Meals That Won't Break The Bank

There's no shame in the cheap dinner game.

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We recently asked the BuzzFeed Community to share their favorite budget-friendly dinner staples. Here's what they said:

2. Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

"Ground beef can be expensive, so I substitute half the meat for minced mushrooms, and nobody ever notices. Just toss mushrooms in a food processor and pulse. After you brown the beef, add the mushrooms, seasonings, and tomato sauce. This also works with taco meat, chili, and sloppy joes." —MarcosMommy

Recipe here.

16. Slow Cooker Pinto Beans With Rice and Salsa

"Every month, I make a big batch of brown rice and a big batch of (dried) pinto beans in the Crock Pot. Then I portion both of them out in 16-ounce containers. For a quick meal, toss one serving of rice, one serving of beans, and 8 ounces of your favorite salsa in a skillet. Heat through, and serve with your favorite taco toppings in a tortilla." —Samantha T.

Recipe here.

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