One Week of Budget-Friendly Dinners Under P100

Each serving costs less than P100!

Homecooked dinners aren't just delicious and comforting. They can be cheap, too! If you make it a habit to cook dinner every day at home, you will realize how much money you can save. Shop in local markets and choose ingredients that aren't heavy on the wallet: proteins like chicken and fish, or lots of locally-grown vegetables like leafy greens and chili peppers. 


The cost breakdown for each recipe in this round-up was cross-checked through a couple of groceries in Metro Manila. Use these 7 dinner recipes to whip up budget-friendly dinners at home: each serving will cost you less than P100! 


1 Chicken Basil Stir-Fry


Stir-fry dishes are quick-cooking, fuss-free, and cheap. Add lots of basil for a boost of herby flavor!


This chicken stir-fry recipe is easy, fuss-free, and great for weeknight dinners.

Recipe cost breakdown:


Total cost P107

Recipe yield 3

Cost per serving P36




2 Calamansi Fish Fillets


Use your favorite white fish fillet and let it sit in a tangy marinade for an easy-to-make dinner.


Marinate your fish fillets in tangy calamansi juice!

Recipe cost breakdown:


Total cost P216

Recipe yield 4

Cost per serving P54



3 Baked Chicken with Ginger-Scallion Sauce


You can’t go wrong with chicken! This dish has Asian flavors that are easy to love. Chicken is also an economical choice for a hearty protein.


Serve this baked chicken dish with a flavorful sauce!


Recipe cost breakdown:


Total cost P149

Recipe yield 4

Cost per serving P20




4 Menudo


The classics are hard to beat. This Filipino favorite also freezes well, so make a big batch and keep some in your freezer for weekday dinners.


This popular Filipino dish can also be cooked in a slow cooker!


Recipe cost breakdown:


Total cost P330

Recipe yield 4

Cost per serving P82



5 Beef and Sausage Stew


Stews are comforting and delicious—this one has sausages that don’t need a lot of prep work and give lots of flavor to your regular beef stew.


This hearty beef and sausage stew is great with rice or pasta.


Recipe cost breakdown:


Total cost P252

Recipe yield 4

Cost per serving P63




6 Fish and Vegetables with Tausi


Need a recipe for a light dinner? This one is perfect! Toss fish and vegetables together and add tausi for extra flavor.


This dish is packed with tasty fish and vegetables!


Recipe cost breakdown:


Total cost P223

Recipe yield 4

Cost per serving P56



7 Shrimp Sinigang Rice


You can save yourself a lot of time by cooking your rice in sinigang broth. You’ll be washing less dishes, too!


Have you tried cooking your rice in sinigang broth?


Recipe cost breakdown:


Total cost P141

Recipe yield 4

Cost per serving P35




More from
Some dishes cost under P20 per serving!


Comments. Join the discussion below!

Boneless Buffalo Wing Chicken Tenders Recipe

These are the easier, meatier, and boneless version of your favorite buffalo wings.

Fried Potato Wedges Recipe

You won't be able to stop at a few pieces!

These Are The Easy Cakes You Can Make That Don't Need Any Frosting

You don't need any fancy frosting to make dessert delicious.
Load More