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Simply On A Budget

Easy As $1 $2 $3

Food can be expensive, which is why we put together this collection of budget-friendly recipes that you can feel good about. We'll show you how you can eat each meal for around $1, $2 or $3 per serving!

Many of these recipes share ingredients, so make the most of your money by choosing meals where you can use leftover items. If you can’t, we’ll also show you how to freeze them for later!

Budget Friendly Recipes

10 Savvy Ways To Save At Schnucks

Manager's Specials

Look for manager’s specials—typically food we’ve made or bought too much of, that comes with a great price! They’re the perfect choice for dinner tonight—Or stock up and enjoy for the next couple of days while reveling in the savings!

Weekly Promos

Watch for weekly promos in our print and digital ad. Every week you will find special promotions that will keep extra money in your pocket. Better yet, plan your meals around what is on sale at your local Schnucks.

Freeze With Ease

1. Never defrost food at room temperature.

2. Use the refrigerator, submerge in cold water or defrost in the microwave depending on how quickly you need to thaw your food.

3. You can refreeze food once it has been cooked. However, you should never place an uncooked item back in the freezer after thawing.

Storage Tips

  • Divide leftovers among individual containers and freeze for quick meal options later. Simply Done storage bags and containers are a budget-friendly option for freezer storage!
  • Label everything with the date and type of food so you know what it is and when to use it by.
  • Wrap meat and seafood in plastic wrap for a tight seal.
  • Cut down on prep time later by adding uncooked meat to a marinade before freezing.
  • Freeze produce in a single layer on a sheet pan before adding to containers so it doesn’t freeze together.
  • The earlier you freeze, the better—you can’t save food that’s past its prime. Chop large produce and freeze in small quantities, but leave a little room inside the container (food will expand)

To Freeze Or Not To Freeze

These foods do not fare as well as others in the freezer.

  • Gravies and creamy sauces
  • Fruits and vegetables with high water content: celery, cucumbers, lettuce, watermelon, etc.
  • Fully cooked pasta
  • Dairy products such as yogurt, soft cheeses and sour cream
  • Raw and hard-boiled eggs
  • Anything carbonated
  • Soft herbs like cilantro and basil (can still be frozen in water, oil or butter.)

How Long Will It Last?

  • Produce - 8 TO 12 MONTHS
  • Bacon & Sausage - 1 TO 2 MONTHS
  • Ham, Hot Dogs & Lunch Meat - 1 TO 2 MONTHS
  • Beef & Pork, Cooked - 2 TO 3 MONTHS
  • Steaks, Uncooked - UP TO 12 MONTHS
  • Poultry, Uncooked Whole - 12 MONTHS
  • Poultry, Uncooked Parts - 9 MONTHS
  • Egg Whites or Egg Substitutes - UP TO 12 MONTHS
  • Chops, Uncooked - 4 TO 6 MONTHS
  • Frozen Dinners & Entrées - 3 TO 4 MONTHS
  • Roasts, Uncooked - UP TO 12 MONTHS
  • Poultry, Cooked - 4 MONTHS
  • Soups & Stews - 2 TO 3 MONTHS
  • Beef & Pork, Uncooked Ground - 3 TO 4 MONTHS