5 Frugal Slow Cooker Dinners for a Busy Week

5 Frugal Slow Cooker Dinners for a Busy Week

5 Frugal Slow Cooker Dinners for a Busy Week

Nothing is better than walking in the house from a long day and dinner is ready!

I love using my slow cooker! We have a busy week ahead of us, so I have chosen 5 frugal slow cooker dinners that will save us on time and money.

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One way I save on dinners is by buying our chicken from Zaycon Fresh. They have great meats at the best price. You can order online and pick-up your meats on a monthly basis. We just bought a deep freezer so we are able to buy in bulk.

Meal planning helps us save money by having a plan for the week. We aren’t tempted to eat out or grab dinner through a drive-thru.  Especially when I’m tired I don’t have to think about WHAT to cook for dinner. I can look up my meal plan and I know I have the ingredients to make what is on the calendar.

We also save money at the grocery store with a meal plan. When I go to the grocery store with a list and a meal plan, I actually buy less food and create less waste.

All of my recipes for the week are from Erin Chase’s $5 Dollar Dinners and the 31 Day Slow Cooker Challenge.

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5 Frugal Slow Cooker Dinners

5 Ingredient Slow Cooker Apricot Chicken

5 Dollar Dinners

Simple recipes are the best…and that’s exactly what this is with only 5 ingredients. This recipe has a little tangy flavor thanks to the apricot. I plan on making a side of broccoli with this. Get the recipe here: Apricot Chicken

Chicken Tortilla Soup

5 Dollar Dinners

Chicken Tortilla soup is one of my favorite soups! The warmth of this soup is perfect for cool windy spring days. Not to mention it’s a sneaky way to get my kids to eat some vegetables like beans and corn. I will never understand the finicky palate of toddlers and preschoolers! Get the recipe here: Chicken Tortilla Soup

Slow Cooker Hawaiian Chicken

5 Dollar Dinners

This is a new recipe for us this week, but I thought I would try this recipe since my kids LOVE fruit. What better way to entice the kids to eat some protein than pineapple! Get the recipe here: Slow Cooker Hawaiian Chicken

Beef Roast with Apple, Carrots, Onions and Red Potatoes

5 Dollar Dinners

I found a roast from Aldi last week for $12, so I bought 2. It was delicious!  My husband LOVES a roast and took the leftovers for lunch 2 times, which saved us money on his lunch budget. So we are trying this recipe! Get the recipe here: Beef Roast with Apple, Carrots, Onion, and Red Potatoes

Mexican Carnitas

5 Dollar Dinners

Our week isn’t complete without tacos! I love tex-mex and could honestly eat it every night of the week 🙂 This is a great recipe and I just switch out the pork for chicken. So it’s not exactly carnitas, but it’s still good! Get the recipe here: Mexican Carnitas

If you are looking for an easy way to meal plan with tons of options, easy access, and all the work done for you…

check out $5 Dollar Dinners from Erin Chase. We love her meal plans and it saves me hours from planning and even shopping. You can try it free for 14 days!

What are your favorite slow cooker dinners?

More ways to save on dinner…


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