Budget-Friendly Freezer Meals You Can Make in a Slow Cooker

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Photo credit: iStock Aired February 02, 2022

When it comes to trying to free up extra money, lots of people talk about cutting the cable TV "cord," exercising at home instead of the gym and ditching the daily coffee shop habit. Personal finance and frugal living expert Lauren Greutman has another great idea that we LOVE: meal plan with freezer meals! Here's what she has to say about it: 

"I'm a single mom of four and when my ex has my kids, I'm planning meals alone, so I know how you feel about eating the same leftovers several nights in a row. What I'll do is prep one meal that has four servings, and then divide it in two and put half of it in the freezer. So, I eat that two nights in a row, and then the other two servings are there for me later. 

I'd suggest prepping three meals on Sunday, and freezing half of each, so you can eat each meal twice this week and twice next week. That covers six nights each week, and you can treat yourself to take out or go out to a restaurant on the seventh night. Sure, it takes time, but if you consider that you're waiting in a drive-through line for 15 minutes, four nights a week, that's an hour that could be spent meal prepping." 

Start with these simple, budget-friendly options from Lauren (who also gave us other money-saving tips) and build from there. They're all made in a slow cooker and couldn't be easier—or tastier! And click here for more freezer meal recipes.  

Note: Lauren's recipes serve four, so depending on the size of your family and if you're freezing part of it, you may need to scale them up. 

Slow Cooker Chili

Slow Cooker Chili
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To make frugal living expert Lauren Greutman's perfectly spiced chili, simply throw ground meat, spices, tomatoes + beans in a slow cooker and press start. 

Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken 

Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken
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Frugal living expert Lauren Greutman throws chicken breasts, jarred salsa + sour cream in a slow cooker and in 4 hands-off hours, dinner is ready! 

Slow Cooker Meatballs and Spaghetti Sauce 

Slow Cooker Meatballs and Spaghetti Sauce
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Once you try these tender, juicy + effortless slow cooker meatballs in tomato sauce, it'll be your go-to method. 

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