The other day, I made an incredibly frugal dinner. How? I got lucky. I happened to be in the grocery store and pre-seasoned leg quarters were marked down to $2.50. Okay, there's the meat part of dinner...done! Wandering around the store, I also found chicken flavored noodles on sale for $1.00. One side...done! Using some vegetables I already had and some cookie mix I had won in a giveaway; I managed to put dinner for two on the table for under $5 dollars.
Does that happen all the time? No...though I wish it did. I used to pride myself on meals under $1 per serving. With the way prices have increased in the last decade or so, that is almost an impossibility now. But if you think fast when you find a great deal, you can still put a meal together for a frugal price.
Obviously, this will be more difficult for those that only eat organic, or paleo, or Atkins, or name-brand. My budget, quite honestly, does not allow for anything exotic!! But good, hot food is on the dinner table including a dessert. I do what I can with what I have.
All it really takes to make a frugal dinner? Fast thinking when you come across a bargain at the grocery store. I know all of you are excellent at that!!