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Comforting Meals You Can Count On When You're Flat Broke.

Updated on January 3, 2012

Let's face it, being broke stinks and it's worse when you're on a very tight budget, but there are some very comforting meals that you can put together for very little money in a short amount of time. When you're stressed over money, turn to these wonderful options to save yourself a bundle. These were all "classics" my mom used to serve when I was growing up and during these hard economic times when you can't afford to go out, they will comfort your soul and put a smile on your face.

Pork And Beans With A Touch of Brown Sugar

Go for the old classic pork and beans and add some sliced up hot dogs to it. You can buy a can of Campbell's pork and beans for very little at Walmart. To give it an extra kick add some brown sugar to it. It's very comforting and super yummy. The best thing about it is that it will fill you up for hours. Another option is to add a can of cinnamon apples. You can find that in the baking section.

Creamy Chicken Soup

Turn that old bland Campbell's condensed chicken soup into an extra creamy soup. Take a coffee coup and pour a small can in. Then add just a little bit of water, not much. Now when I was little mind you, my mother never put in the butter, but I do to make it appetizing! Before you put it in the microwave, add a wallop of butter and heat for a minute or so. It will come out nice and creamy! Just add your favorite dinner roll and there you have a sweet comforting meal for just a few cents!

Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup

I've tried making grilled cheese on a griddle and even a Foreman grill, but I think it comes out best in a frying pan. When you're flat broke, nothing tastes better than buttery golden bread and super gooey cheese. It's the perfect compliment to Campbell's Classic Tomato soup. This combo is a very cheap, comforting meal that will fill you up for hours.

Cream of Mushroom with Peas on Toast

Take the good old classic Campbell's Cream of Mushroom soup and add a can of peas to it and then pour it over toast. It's delicious. It's cheap, and best of all, it's a very comforting meal that will fill you up for hours. You can kick it up a notch by adding some bacon or a can of tuna to it as well.

Beef and Gravy over Mashed Potatoes

This is a very simple meal to put together in minutes. It's very comforting and you'll feel full for hours. All you do is prepare the instant mashed potatoes and then cook the ground meat on the side. You can buy a jar of ready made beef gravy to save even more time. Heat up a little of the gravy in the microwave and pour it on top of the mashed potatoes and hamburger meat and there you have it. A great meal in no time!

Chicken Chicken Chicken

Never forget the old standby, chicken. When I was little, I used to joke with my mother that she served us chicken a hundred different ways. Now as an adult I can appreciate why she went with that choice to feed seven little ones. You can buy great big family packs for around $5. That my friend is a bargain when you're flat broke!

Timeless Classics

All of these were classics that I grew up with. They're all warm and comforting and will help you stay full for hours and best of all, they're all easy on your wallet!


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      Nancy Owens 6 years ago from USA

      I love it, too! When you are having money problems it is so hard to come up with healthy and good tasting ideas for feeding our families. Nice work!

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 6 years ago from USA

      I love the title of your hub:). I think my favorite on the list is grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup. I just tried tomato soup for the first time in the past couple of years actually and I was surprised by how much I like the flavor. Additionally, chicken never fails as you mention. Roasting a whole chicken is very economical and can provide many servings for your family.

      Thanks for a great hub. Clever and funny. Voted up.


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