Budget Meal Plan: $50, 5 Meals, 4 People

Our own Robin Bashinsky cooked up a week's worth of tasty dinners for four—for a total of just $50. Download his grocery list here. 

Penny Pinching for Budget Cooking

Penny Pinching for Budget Cooking

Robin Bashinsky is a self-proclaimed supermarket tightwad—a master at cutting costs even if it means driving to five different stores, making patrons wait for the clerk to ring up his half teaspoons of spices, and bearing the judgment of onlooking parents as he buys one beer at the gas station, daughter in tow, for steaming mussels.

We challenged this Test Kitchen skinflint to serve four people five meals for only $50—and keep the meals interesting. Click through the following slides to find his week of budget cooking.



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