Rice and Beans Budget – March’s Board of the Month

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on March 4, 2013

So it’s time for another Pinterest board to be featured…and for March, we are highlighting the “Rice and Beans Budget” board. Dave Ramsey coined the phrase and it’s a popular one around here…and in our home. We are Dave Ramsey fans and really appreciate the simplicity of his plan to financial freedom and a debt free life. If you ever listen to radio show, you’ll often hear him talking about the “Rice and Beans Budget.”

As part of the “get your expenses under control” aspect of digging out of debt, food is one line item of the budget that can be reined in and it’s where big savings can happen. Hence his common phrase, “the only time you should see the inside of a restaurant is if you are working there.” Replace that time you used to go out to eat, with a rice and beans budget recipe and you can spend $100s a month and $1000s a year less on dining out!!! (Hello, debt snowball getting bigger and gaining speed!)

We’ve compiled some of our favorite rice and beans based meals into one place on Pinterest.

If you’ve got a favorite recipe that you’d like added to the board, please leave a link in the comments, or email it to me. I love having this great resource for those on a “Rice and Beans Budget” to turn to for help in making fabulous meals for less!

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Kristia {Family Balance Sheet} March 4, 2013 at 6:03 pm

This slow cooker recipe is on my menu for tomorrow: http://www.familybalancesheet.org/2012/09/crock-pot-sausage-lentil-stew.html



Dana S March 5, 2013 at 1:49 pm

Love that restaurant quote from Dave! Never heard that one before!


susanne March 5, 2013 at 3:48 pm

when my hubbie was in seminary a few years ago, we were only getting one paycheck and it was once a month. I asked him to please be gracious the end of the month when the pantry got low and meals got interesting since I would just have to use whatever was left — all good food but probably not stuff I would “normally” put together.
We did very well and the kids (3 then, now 4) were younger so they didn;t know… until one night one of those little babies asked if we were having a “good end of the month meal?” I blushed thinking I had probably used that term often — “end of the month meal”.
They are older now and we are in ministry so it is still tight and meals get interesting with 6 of us and two now eating as teenagers. We call them snackie meals now … and we eat lots of brown rice and lentils and veggies from our garden … and it is all good!!!
I am so thankful for all the good recipes I get from this site … although I never get it down to $5 for our family of 6!!!!


Sarah March 7, 2013 at 2:08 pm

Aww! That is just precious, and it sounds like something one of my four would ask. :)


Anna@stuffedveggies March 11, 2013 at 3:29 pm

Thanks so much for offering to share our links : )

Here’s a week-plan of freezer-cooking Indian Rice & Beans meals. All inexpensive, easy, and freezer friendly, planned for batch-cooking.



Melissa March 11, 2013 at 8:46 pm

This is one of our favorite low cost meals:


Thanks for the opportunity to share! I’m going to check out the board now!


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