13 Easy Family Menu Ideas – Dinners Your Family Will Love
Here are a few easy menu ideas from my family dinners and dinners from when I was growing up. The secret to my spending less on food isn’t the food I cook but how I purchase and use it in dishes.
I buy almost everything on sale for the cheapest price possible. I buy almost no meat that is over $3.00/lb.
I use only fruits and veggies that are in season and cheap. In the winter we eat mostly frozen and canned veggies.
I always try to make more for dinner than we need. We usually eat the leftovers for lunch the next day or I freeze them for another meal when I don’t have time to cook.
For breakfast we eat mostly oatmeal, pancakes, French toast, waffles or cereal (purchased on sale with coupons for $1.50 or less per box). I don’t shop with a lot of coupons. It is cheaper to buy off brands (most have a money back guarantee if you don’t like them.) and items on sale.
I try to keep my pantry stocked. If an item goes on sale then I stock up. If I find a really good deal on meat then I stock up and we eat that meat if we don’t have anything else.
Usually I have enough variety in my freezer that we don’t eat the same thing over and over each night.
We don’t eat meat as a main dish a lot. I try to use meals where it can be an ingredient and not the main dish. We also try to eat pasta dishes at least twice a week and a Soup and Sandwich or Potato night once a week at least.
I don’t plan meals 1 or 2 weeks in advance. I prefer to do it only a couple of days in advance. If I planned too far ahead I wouldn’t be able to take advantage of deals that I find. (I just found 14 avocados for .99 on the get rid of shelf. I didn’t plan for this but it was a great treat!)
I hope these suggestions and menu ideas help you get started. If you would like more easy menu ideas please check out our Menus On A Dime menu planners. Enjoy! Tawra
You can find recipes to go with these easy menu ideas in our Dining on a Dime Cookbook.
- Slow Cooked Roast
- Brown Gravy
- Onions Carrots, Potatoes cooked with roast (Place in a pan the morning you plan to cook the roast and let them slow cook with the roast all day.)
- Sweet Buttermilk Muffins
- Tossed Salad with Thousand Island Dressing
- BBQ Ribs
- Best Ever Easy Corn Bread
- Cole Slaw
- Relish Dish
- Carrots, Peppers, Celery, Radishes, Olives (any veggies in season or cheap)
- Ranch Dressing
- Cucumber & Tomatoes
- Macaroni Salad
If you’d like recipes for the meals included in these menus, along with hundreds more delicious quick and easy recipes, check out our Dining On A Dime Cookbook!
…And for more pre-made meal plans and menu planning tips, check out Menus From Dining On A Dime.