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10 Dinner Recipes You Can Whip Up for Under $10

There are the foodies of the world and then there are the rest of us: Those who can’t afford to spend our hard earned cash dining out, or would just rather spend it on other things, like home decor and clothes. But saving at mealtime doesn’t mean a lifetime of blah, tasteless food. Here, we have 10 flavor-filled recipes that will leave both you and your wallet full. A money-saving trick for each of these recipes is to make sizable servings so you can nosh on leftovers for lunch and dinner throughout the week.


1. Baked Ratatouille ($8.24 or $2.06 per serving): There’s often a misconception that eating healthy is expensive, but that’s not always the case; this meal is loaded with veggies. The marinara sauce and cheese make it hearty, but the vegetables will keep you from feeling too stuffed. (via BudgetBytes)

2. Fajita-Style Quesadillas ($3 or 43 cents per serving): Forget under $10, this meal costs less than a cup of coffee. Cilantro and lime give this pepper-stuffed dinner a delicious kick. (via BHG)

3. Eggplant and Pesto Chicken ($9.50 or $2 per serving): This dinner has everything you need for a well-rounded meal — protein, veggies and carbs. It keeps, too, so you can make a big batch and keep eating it throughout the week. (via Nicole’s Nutrition)

4. Tortellini and Meat Marinara Sauce ($8.18 or $2 per serving): Pasta is a staple for anyone eating on a budget, but that doesn’t mean sticking to spaghetti and macaroni. Cheese or meat-stuffed tortellini is affordable, as well. With this recipe, you can even make a homemade sauce. Yum! (via $10 Buck Dinners)

5. Chorizo Chicken Jambalaya ($8.98 or $1.12 per serving): Rice and chicken go a long way when you’re pinching pennies, but the secret to keeping things interesting is to use spices — lots of them. This Louisiana-style dinner is packed with flavor and is only about $1 per serving. (via Budget Bytes)

6. Harvest Salad With Tuna ($8 or $1.95 per serving): This meal can be thrown together in a matter of minutes, making it perfect for those days when you are just too tired to deal. The avocado and tuna add protein and give the salad a bit of heft, so even if you’re not a “salad person,” you’ll still feel full. (via Poor Girl Eats Well)

7. Veggie and Pesto Quinoa-Stuffed Zucchini ($10 or $2.65 per serving): Yes, you can eat trendy foods like quinoa while saving money. The good thing about quinoa is that it’s filling, so a little goes a long way. (via Poor Girl Eats Well)

8. Beef and Black Bean Chili ($3 or $1.36 per serving): If you want something hearty, you can’t go wrong with a big bowl of chili. It’s the ultimate comfort food. (via BHG)

9. Vegetable Lasagna ($3 or $1.72 per serving): There’s a reason why big families always seem to have a lasagna recipe on hand: It feeds a ton. Spend a Sunday evening making this meal, and you’ll have dinner for the rest of the week. (via BHG)

10. Butternut Squash Frittata ($5.95 or $1.69 per serving): Butternut squash is the ultimate fall food. Give into your craving without having buyer’s remorse with this recipe, which uses organic ingredients. (via Healy Eats Real)

What’s your go-to day-before-payday meal? Help a sister out and share it in the comments!

Alright, folks. We've officially made it to fall. And if you haven't already started switching out your decor (as long as it's ready by Friendsgiving, right?) you still have time to do so. Draw inspiration from this round-up of new home products that includes harvest-inspired candles, cozy linens and textiles, and a v. practical piece of furniture. One scroll through these, and you'll have all the motivation you need to transition the seasons. Scroll on to start shopping.

Prism x LOREM Collection ($96+): Calling all Cali babes. The popular Long Beach boutique, Prism, announced a boho-fabulous collab with home decor line, LOREM, that we can't get enough of. Shop everything from plant hangers (eight options, to be exact) to artwork, all inspired by the very colorful vibes of the brands. If you were looking for a cheery way to tide you through winter, this. is. it!

Floyd Mattress (Price TBD): Fans of the cult-favorite Detroit-based brand will love their latest launch debuting on October 29. The highly-coveted Floyd Mattress will have the same made-to-last design and superior comfort as their other furnishings, tailored perfectly to fit the line's in-demand bed frame. Additional details for the mattress include a breathable foam material, highly-mobile packaging, and a low-profile design to secure your best night's sleep yet. Check back on the last week of the month to get one for yourself.

Dims 'Composed Vanity' ($595): Small space? No problem! Direct-to-consumer brand, Dims, is giving you a quick and stylish solution to your storage needs with their newest item that doubles as both a desk and vanity. The functional piece is made with non-toxic, chemical-free materials and can be assembled in seven minutes or less. Throw in four sleek shades to choose from, and this may just be your best purchase of 2019 yet!

Saatchi Art x The Citizenry Holiday Collection ($225+): Get ready to deck your walls this holiday season. Saatchi Art partnered with The Citizenry in a one-of-a-kind collection that features a curation of art across styles. Explore everything from modern to abstract creations in a selection so stunning, it's bound to spark a conversation at your next gathering.

NEST Spiced Orange & Clove Collection ($16+): If you haven't experienced the addicting aromas of the beloved NEST fragrance brand, this is the perfect time to get on board! The label recently released their latest scent — spiced orange & clove — just in time for all your gatherings. Inhale festive notes of orange pomander, spiced brandy, cinnamon, and gingered honey across their suite of candles and diffusers to bring all the good vibes to your home.

Bloomingdales x RiLEY Home ($19+): RiLEY Home gets millennials. So they teamed up with Bloomingdales to make shopping their selection more attainable than ever. Now, you can get in on long-lasting, luxurious staples like flannel sheets, bedding, printed throws, premium pet beds, and more, by shopping online and in-stores at the department store. (Trust us: These dream goods are ones you're going to be *glad* you stocked-up on.)

Italic Serene Towels ($12+): The luxury brand that prides itself on using the *same* factories namesake brands (like Calvin Klein and Lacoste) use, but without the price tag behind them, brings you a new product for fall. Treat yourself to Italic's ultra-soft towel set spun from fluffy, 100% Australian cotton, in a convenient set of six. Consider it the perfect indulgence after a long soak in the tub on a cozy FNI (Friday night in)!

Hyascent x Neiman Marcus ($169): 'Tis the season for a delightfully scented home. Warm your abode with scents like bourbon joy, cheeky rose and more in a unique diffuser that doubles more as decor than a fragrance-inducer. Fresh off the (online) shelves of Neiman Marcus, explore nine scents that last up to six months in a specialized hourglass holder. (Shhh! Your friends will never know the secret of why your place smells so darn good!)