28 Easy Crockpot Dinner Ideas (on a budget)

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If you’re looking for the best list of easy crockpot dinner ideas, you found it right here! We love crock pot recipes because they are easy to get on the dinner table for weeknight dinners. Slow cooker recipes can also help you eat at home more and stay in your tight grocery budget. Try one of these easy slow cooker recipes this week and see for yourself how much time and money you can save this month!

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We absolutely love a delicious crock pot recipe, but sometimes we completely draw a blank when trying to come up with meal ideas. It’s also nice to change things up a bit when you’re used to the same meals over and over. If you need a last minute crockpot dinner idea, I’ve got you covered with this amazing list!

Most crock pot meals are very inexpensive, and the perfect dinner solution for busy moms on a budget. Crock pot meals are simple, cheap, and easy to “set and forget”, if you know you’re going to have a busy afternoon, making it difficult to get a traditional meal on the table.

Another thing I love about crock pot meals is that you can double, or triple your recipe and make meals that last all week! I rounded up some of my favorite crock pot meals on a budget.  These delicious slow cooker meals are all super simple and most are under $10.

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3 Ways these Easy Crockpot Dinner Ideas can save you money on Food

Crockpot dinners have been a major budget lifesaver for our family! Here’s how…

  • ​You can buy cheaper cuts of meat, because the slow-cooking time of the crock pot will get keep the meat flavorful and tender.
  • ​By planning crockpot meals in advance, you can buy ingredients in bulk and reduce food waste. The leftovers can be reheated or repurposed for more meals later in the week!
  • The one pot nature of the meals means less dishes and less energy costs of running the stove or oven.

Over time these savings definitely add up, and you can have your crock pot to thank! This is our favorite slow cooker that we use over and over each week. Try out any or all of these cheap and easy crockpot dinner ideas this week! Your budget and stomach will thank you!

Easy Crockpot Dinner Ideas (on a budget)

Slow-cooker recipes are a great way to get family favorite weeknight dinners on the table without all the fuss! Keep these easy crock pot recipes close by when you need an a healthy dinner without a ton of prep work.


In today’s fast-paced world, juggling between work, family, and personal time can be quite challenging. Plus, prices at the grocery store aren’t exactly going down anytime soon! It’s great to have a go to list of easy crockpot dinner ideas that you can turn to when you’re in a pinch and need to get dinner on the table on a busy weeknight. 

Finding easy, affordable, and nutritious dinner options shouldn’t add to the stress. These 28 easy crockpot dinner ideas are not only budget-friendly but also delectably satisfying, turning simple ingredients into mouth-watering meals with minimal effort. 

Whether you’re a busy parent, a student on a tight budget, or someone simply looking to explore new recipes, these dishes prove that you don’t need to break the bank to enjoy a hearty, home-cooked meal. So, the next time you’re in a dinner dilemma, let your crockpot do the magic and savor the flavors of these budget-friendly feasts.

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Do you use your crock pot often to get dinner on the table? Let me know what your favorite easy crockpot dinner ideas are in the comments below, and definitely let me know if you try one of these delicious meals on my list!

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  1. I wish there was a printed grocery list for each and every one of these crock pot recipes. Lol I’d love that I have some learning disabilities and add/adhd I have great ideas with pour executions lol


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