Spaghetti is an awesome meal for the food budget conscious. It is low cost, filling, and can feel like a nice family meal. (something hot dogs and ramen lack)
It is easy to get 4 or 5 meals out of just a single pack of noodles and a single can of sauce.
You can cut up veggies or add mushrooms or meat to make the sauce even more nutritious. ( Adding extras brings the price up significantly)
As for the noodles and sauce themselves they can sit in your cupboard for months before you prepare them. It is a great meal to have sitting around in case of an emergency meal.
By having a family spaghetti night you can significantly reduce the cost of monthly groceries. Feeding 5 people for two dollars! You can add a simple side salad or frozen vegetables for more variety.
When adding meat to spaghetti remember that it is usually the most expensive part. Instead of using a whole pound of beef in the spaghetti try using only half a pound. You will still be able to taste the beef but you will be cutting your costs significantly.
Nutrition Information: Spaghetti
Nutrition Info : Hunts Spaghetti sauce
Calories (Noodles+ Sauce) = approx. 260
Price (per serving)= Approx $ 0.50