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24 Cheap Dinner Ideas for the Thrifty Chef

These budget friendly meal ideas are the perfect things to make for dinner when money's tight!

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Cheap Dinner Ideas

We know why you're a copycat fan! You want restaurant-quality meals on a budget that fit your lifestyle. Of course, there are times when the list of ingredients seems to cost way more than anticipated. Fortunately, these 24 Cheap Dinner Ideas for the Thrifty Chef are simple, delicious, and you won't have to feel guilty about making.

These cheap dinner recipes are just what you need to keep your grocery store receipt small and your family satisfied. Plus, they're a great way to get the same, great restaurant quality flavor from the dishes you crave, without having to spend the money on going out to eat.

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Bring some of the best restaurant-inspired dinner ideas to the table for you and your partner to enjoy whenever you want. Ready to skip the restaurant bill and start saving a couple bucks on dinner? These copycat recipes from your favorite restaurants are just the thing to get you started. Whether you're craving something fancy or something a bit more casual, we have just the recipe for you. Cheap dinner ideas have never been so delicious!

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Whip up dinner for four with easy soup recipes, pasta dinner ideas, and other family dinner recipes. Who can resist dishes like chicken curry and restaurant-style nuggets? With these cheap dinner recipes, you'll be able to make the restaurant dishes you crave at a fraction of the price. It can be exciting to go out to eat with your friends, but sometimes a homemade dinner is the way to go!

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These budget-friendly ideas for dinner are perfect for feeing your family regardless of wallet amount. No matter how great of a family restaurant there is, you can always find room for improvement that will help you save some money. If you have ever been to family-favorites like LongHorn Steakhouse and The Cheesecake Factory, then you know how valuable it is to find a menu option within your budget. Whether you want a classic pasta or a gourmet hamburger, you'll find the perfect cheap dinner idea here:

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Love all these recipes!!!

I'd love to try the Restaurant Style Nuggets with Homemade Honey Mustard because I've been craving nuggets so bad lately.

KFC Fried Chicken Copycat looks like a winner to me.

Every one of these look wonderful! Besides saving money (always a challenge!) I just love to cook...and love restaurant food )

Olive Garden Shrimp Scampi sounds amazing. Can't wait to try it.

Lemon tuna olive oil pasta...looks and sounds amazing

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