Budget Friendly Recipes for Tax Day


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Tax Day, April 15th, is a dreaded day of the year for many in the United States. It’s the last day to file taxes without a penalty. Sure you can get an extension and many do but it doesn’t change the fact that everyone needs budget-friendly recipes for tax day.

April 15 is probably every American’s least favorite day. Unless you’re a CPA, then it’s probably your favorite day. Some years, like in 2017, taxes must be filed prior to or on April 18.

History of Tax Day Extensions

Why the extension? This is where a little American History comes into play. On April 16, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed the District of Columbia Compensated Emancipation Act, a bill that ended slavery in our nation’s capital.

To mark the anniversary of the signing of the bill, which took place nine months before President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, Emancipation Day is usually held on April 16 in Washington, D.C.

Using 2017 as an example, since April 15, the real tax day falls on a Saturday, and April 16 falls on a Sunday in 2017, the holiday will be celebrated on Monday, April 17 thereby making taxes due on April 18.

It’s always nice to get a little freebie extension since we all know how laborious it is to collect our records so we can file taxes.

So, if you owe taxes or are just budget-conscious, these budget-friendly recipes for tax day will be a welcomed relief. I rounded up some wallet-friendly recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert.

It’s a nice variety of recipes using beef, chicken, vegetables, and more. I’m sharing my baked ziti which you can use either store-bought pasta sauce or some homemade sauce. 

Many of the recipes use leftovers or use up fruits and vegetables that are almost past their prime.

I hope these recipes will help ease the tax day burden just a bit. I’d also love to hear about your go-to budget-friendly dishes.


Budget Friendly Recipes for Tax Day

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  1. I will definitely be using some of these…even though we got a good refund. The hubs hasn’t sold a house yet. LOL

  2. Oh, I want to try a few of these! The hot pocket and one pan chicken thigh dinner sounds great! I’m always looking for great taste at a low price.

  3. These are all great recipes to try. I will have to start with the Swedish Meatball Sloppy Joe’s. I am sure they will be an instant hit.

  4. We almost always have to pay in. This year, we almost broke even. That’s good – no free loan to the government – and nothing we owe. I’m always looking to save money, though. I love the granola recipe. Thanks

  5. These all look like yummy budget friendly recipes. I can’t wait to make the one pan chicken thigh dinner.

  6. Budgets are tight around this time of the year. Having a list of frugal meals is great! Thanks so much for sharing my recipe for One pan chicken thigh dinner!

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