1) Use Ground Beef
Ground beef is very versatile. It can go with soups, casseroles, pies, meatloaf, tacos, burgers, pasta, chilis, sloppy joes, pizzas and almost anything you can think of. What ground beef can do is limited by your imagination. Ground beef is not only cheap but it is very filling. Beef takes a while to digest so you would stay full longer than if you eat pork or chicken.
In order for you to be able to save even more money, it pays to buy in bulk and to take advantage of the different specials your local retailer has. Ground beef usually goes on sale when it is near expiry or when there is a store event or storewide sale. Aside from sales, you can also take advantage of different store and manufacturer coupons to further supplement your savings.
A plus with ground beef is that it is easily mixed with cheap extenders. Such extenders could be textured vegetable protein, oatmeal, bread crumbs, ground pork, beans and soy flour. The extenders help increase the quantity of the ground beef without necessarily compromising too much on quality.