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18 Budget-Friendly Meals (Because Presents Can Be Pricey)

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At the risk of sounding like a goody two-shoes (although, hey, who wants just one good shoe?), giving gifts is my favorite part of the holidays. I love dreaming up the perfect presents for friends and family, whether it’s handmade coasters, jars of nutty granola, chunky sweaters, or tried-and-true kitchen tools. But I don’t love how empty my bank account feels as we inch through the month.

We all know it’s the thought—not the price tag—that truly matters, and there are loads of ways to spend less on gifts during the holidays. But in addition to DIY-ing gifts, I’m looking for other thrifty ideas to cut back on December spending. Cooking my own meals is a good start, and specifically budget-friendly dishes are even better. If you, too, are looking for inexpensive dinners this season, here are 18 wallet-friendly dishes that just make sense.

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Lavash, Chicken & Herb Pie with Barberries
Lavash, Chicken & Herb Pie with Barberries
Mom's Aloo Gobhi
Mom's Aloo Gobhi
Kristen Kish's Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
Kristen Kish's Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
Chorizo, Pesto, & Mozzarella Noodle Pizza
Chorizo, Pesto, & Mozzarella Noodle Pizza
Tomato Rice

Tomato Rice by Merrill Stubbs

Joan's on Third's Curried Chickpeas

Joan's on Third's Curried Chickpeas by Ali Slagle

Curried Cauliflower Soup

Curried Cauliflower Soup by kmartinelli

Potato, Mushroom, and Caramelized Onion Pierogi

Potato, Mushroom, and Caramelized Onion Pierogi by [email protected]

Curried Chickpea and Red Lentil Soup
Curried Chickpea and Red Lentil Soup
Baking Sheet Macaroni and Cheese
Baking Sheet Macaroni and Cheese
Black-Eyed Pea Cassoulet

Black-Eyed Pea Cassoulet by Kayb

Colonel Mustard's Bubble and Squeak

Colonel Mustard's Bubble and Squeak by aargersi

Thai-Style Omelet With Pork and Greens
Thai-Style Omelet With Pork and Greens
Sephardic Megedarra with Garlicky Brown Rice Pilaf
Sephardic Megedarra with Garlicky Brown Rice Pilaf
No-Gadget Falafel

No-Gadget Falafel by Izy Hossack

Creamy, Vegan Italian Root Vegetable Soup

Creamy, Vegan Italian Root Vegetable Soup by Sara Jenkins

Baked Potatoes Stuffed with Broccoli and Cheddar Cheese
Baked Potatoes Stuffed with Broccoli and Cheddar Cheese
Spicy, Peanutty Udon with Kale
Spicy, Peanutty Udon with Kale

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Tags: low-cost, inexpensive, cheap meals