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Listed below are some super cheap meal ideas to help you save more without compromising on eating delicious food:

Black beans and rice


  • One tbsp. olive oil (25 cents)
  • One large onion, chopped (99 cents)
  • Two cloves garlic, minced (50 cents)
  • Three-fourth cup uncooked rice (50 cents)
  • One and a half cups vegetable broth (50 cents)
  • One tsp. ground cumin and one-fourth tsp. cayenne pepper (25 cents)
  • Three and a half cups canned black beans, drained ($1.98)

Total = Six servings ($4.97)

Cost per serving = Eighty-three cents


  1. In a stockpot, heat the oil on medium-high heat.
  2. Add the onion and garlic. Saute it for four minutes.
  3. Add the rice. Saute it for another two minutes.
  4. Add the vegetable broth. After bringing it to a boil, lower the heat and cook for 20 minutes.
  5. Add the spices and black beans just before you’re ready to serve.

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