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25 of America’s Most Expensive Boarding Schools

25 of America’s Most Expensive Boarding Schools

When you hear the words “boarding school,” visions of Hogwarts or rich yet emotionally neglected children may come to mind. But what are America’s most expensive boarding schools really like—and more importantly, how much do they cost?

Well, it’s time to seriously look into launching an enterprise that will transform you into a millionaire, because you’ll find hefty tuition fees—along with amazing opportunities for your children to learn new and exciting lessons—on this list of 25 of America’s most expensive boarding schools.

1. Walnut Hill School for the Arts

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    The boarding tuition expense for the 2014–2015 school year is $53,000 for this private boarding high school, according to the Walnut Hill School for the Arts website. Nestled in Natick, Massachusetts, students aren’t far away from bustling Boston as they choose to study subjects such as visual arts, media arts (covering writing and film) or theater, dance and music.

    2. San Domenico School

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      The San Domenico School is situated within the scenic hills of Marin County, California, and their total 9th- through 12th-grade tuition totals can range up to $54,800 per year. The school’s Virtuoso Program boasts an impressive list of universities that certain students of the boarding school have gone on to attend – as well as quality Marin Symphony guests.

      3. The Webb Schools

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        The boarding student tuition for these schools—which are separated into one for only boys and another for all girls—are $53,575 for the 2014–2015 school year. If you’ve got a budding paleontologist on your hands, the Webb Schools have their accredited Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology directly on their campus.

        4. Blair Academy

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          While the name might remind us of a main character from the 1980s sitcom The Facts of Life, the annual fee for Blair Academy could turn smiles serious for those considering sending their children to the location in Blairstown, New Jersey. The boarding student costs for the 2014–2015 academic year that covers tuition, room and board is $53,600. The dorm life includes social activities like trips to the movies and holiday parties—not to mention dining services that are replete with “Blair Angus” burgers, Texas toast and a “protein zone” menu for post-athletic student endeavors.

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          5. Suffield Academy

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            Tuition for boarding students at Suffield Academy is $52,300 for the 2014–2015 academic year, but you’d better add the cost of an Apple laptop onto those fees, which is a requirement for students. Located in Suffield, Connecticut—just 17 miles north of Hartford—this school features a 20,000–volume library, a new lifestyle yoga/Pilates center named The Balance Barn, and a plethora of outdoor fields for soccer, football, softball and more.

            6. Brandon Hall School

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              The Atlanta-based Brandon Hall School is a college preparatory boarding school that is rumored to cost $62,300 per year, and requires students to complete the application process for at least two colleges in order to graduate. This process of creating practical methods of going on to higher education is why the school boasts 100% of its students going on to attend college, so prepare to study up on cashing out your annuity in order to help your kids make the grade for this high-cost institution.

              7. Brooks School

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                Boarding students in this North Andover, Massachusetts, school may face a tuition cost of $53,420; however, with 10 dormitories, a long list of extracurricular activities and plenty of “Afternoon Programs” in the bucolic location above Lake Cochichewick, it could be well worth the fee.

                8. Cushing Academy

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                  The 2014–2015 tuition and fee costs for Cushing Academy boarding students is $53,700—and this private school has been praised for providing 21st century leadership skills—as well as a bunch of different dorm activities (like pizza parties and powwows) that help students bond.

                  9. Williston Northampton School

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                    The 2014–2015 academic year tuition for an upper school boarding student is $52,900 for the Williston Northampton School located in Easthampton, Massachusetts. The family-like environment features a merit scholar legacy program for alumni family members that meet certain stipulations and standards.

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                    10. Hebron Academy

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                      Students who live in the United States or Canada will pay a 2014–2015 boarding tuition of $53,900—while international counterparts outside those areas pay $56,900 to call Hebron Academy their boarding school home. With a top-class athletic center, ice-skating arena and extensive trails, this top tier school is located in Hebron, Maine.

                      11. The White Mountain School

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                        The boarding tuition for the 2014–2015 academic year is $52,000 for the White Mountain School, which is perfect for those who love the picturesque and rugged countryside of Bethlehem, New Hampshire. The lessons taught in the academy’s sustainability study teach students about life from the cradle to the grave.

                        12. Holderness School

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                          You’ve probably heard of Upward Bound; well, the Holderness School has a special program called Artward Bound that allows students to express themselves through all measure of artistic endeavors. The charge for tuition, room and board for this Plymouth, New Hampshire-based school for the 2014–2015 academic year is $54,100.

                          13. Portsmouth Abbey School

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                            This Rhode Island school for 9th to 12th graders has a boarding tuition for the 2014–2015 academic year of $52,730. Founded in 1926 by a Benedictine monk, the Portsmouth Abbey School sits on an idyllic 525–acre campus close to the beautiful shores near Newport. With a wide range of sports and visual arts programs, the institution includes community service internships as well.

                            14. New Hampton School

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                              Boarding tuition and fees for the 2014–2015 school year for New Hampton School are  $53,700. The New Hampton, New Hampshire-located school offers a special international exchange program whereby a handful of students, along with a couple of faculty advisors, travel to China.

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                              15. Wilbraham & Monson Academy

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                                Wilbraham, Massachusetts, is the stomping grounds of the aptly named Wilbraham & Monson Academy, whose 2014–2015 tuition for upper school boarding students is $52,985. Little details make the school special, such as the “family meals” that the students have each week with other students in the dormitories in order to foster stronger relationships and learn how to serve one another.

                                16. George School

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                                  George School boarding students tuition and fee amounts for the 2014–2015 academic year are $53,600—an amount that will also cover room and board. Although Quakers located in Newtown, Pennsylvania, founded the school, “GS” doesn’t seek to convert children to a path of Quakerism. Instead the focus remains on fun art activities, academics and athletics—all married with a sense of understanding.

                                  17. The Thacher School

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                                    The 125–year–old Thacher School is located in gorgeous Ojai, California; however, students get the choice to take an entire year to study elsewhere, either in the United States or overseas. The boarding tuition and fees for the 2014–2015 school year are $53,500.

                                    18. Deerfield Academy

                                    The total tuition costs for the 2014–2015 school year of $54,580 that boarding students pay for Deerfield Academy covers a wide range of items, such as academics, room and board—as well as lab equipment use, art supplies and lots of the weekend campus perks. Perhaps the biggest bonus of attending this school is that certain alumni go on to attend Ivy League schools such as Harvard and Yale.

                                    19. The Masters School

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                                      Expect to shell out $55,050 for boarding costs, tuition and special event fees for the 2014–2015 school year for this Dobbs Ferry, New York, academy that houses boarding students from all over the world as well as those closer to home. Placed within 96 acres and woods that have a vantage point above the Hudson River, The Masters School is an ideal environment for learning.

                                      20. Sandy Spring Friends School

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                                        The Sandy Spring Friends School sounds like the perfect place to meet new acquaintances and academic ideals, and for tuition costs of $54,600 for 7–day boarding of students from grades 9 through 12, plenty of opportunities for bonding arise in this school that focuses on outdoor learning and athleticism in Sandy Spring, Maryland.

                                        21. Tabor Academy

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                                          The Tabor Academy boarding students pay $53,375 for tuition and fees during the 2014–2015 school year to learn a variety of subjects, including up close and personal marine biology studies conducted during two-week-long winter breaks in the Caribbean. Beyond that, the Marion, Massachusetts “School by the Sea” focuses on language arts, athletics and a great measure of subject areas to keep interest from waning.

                                          22. Mercersburg Academy

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                                            Count notable actors such as Jimmy Stewart and Benicio del Toro—both Oscar winners—among the illustrious former students of Mercersburg Academy in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania. And while you’re counting, plan for tuition, room and board costs of $52,700 for the 2014–2015 school year for this 300–acre campus that prides itself on birthing students that go on to attend highly competitive colleges.

                                            23. Oregon Episcopal School

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                                              At the Oregon Episcopal School in scenic Portland, Oregon, tuition for the 2014–2015 school year is $53,498 for boarding students in the 9th through 12th grades. The combination of small class sizes and an emphasis on global exchange programs along with college prep instructions makes this a valuable place to pick up values and educational skills.

                                              24. The Winchendon School

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                                                The Winchendon School costs $54,080 for boarding tuition and fees for the 2014–2015 school year, and for that cost, “The Winch” provides its attendees with a big education in digital literacy, top-notch athletics, arts and college-prep classes at the New England boarding school.

                                                25. St. George’s School

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                                                  Rounding out the list is St. George’s School, another Newport, Rhode Island-helmed boarding school that costs $54,100 for the 2014–2015 academic year for boarding students. “Because the journey matters,” reads the tagline of this Episcopal school by the sea that allows more than half a dozen students to travel the Atlantic shoreline on board Geronimo, a large marine research vessel. Perhaps the pledge to act with truthfulness and honor in the student’s honor code is what draws parents the most to this learning facility—along with all the additional academic and spiritual offerings.

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                                                  Last Updated on April 19, 2021

                                                  40 Healthy And Really Delicious Meals You Can Make Under $5

                                                  40 Healthy And Really Delicious Meals You Can Make Under $5

                                                  Ever had those moments where you really wanted to eat something delicious and healthy but didn’t have the financials means to do so? Whether you’re a student or parent, this compilation of 40 great, healthy, and inexpensive recipes will make every night special and help you get fit! No more meals where you have to force the food down! It’s time to make that budget your best friend and turn it into great recipes. Enjoy!

                                                  1. Fish Tacos in Crunchy Shells ($3.56 per serving)

                                                  Is there a better way to end the day than a Fish Taco dinner filled with protein and nutrients and is easy on the wallet? This recipe calls for a boys’ or girls’ night in front of a good movie or game.

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                                                    2. Mini-Meatball Noodle Soup ($3.43 per serving)

                                                    We’ve heard of the delicious spaghetti and meatballs recipes, but imagine having that same meatball goodness in a soup? It’s like Christmas in a bowl. Healthy, warm, and only $3.43 per serving.

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                                                      3. Spaghetti and (Vegan) Meatballs ($2.13 per serving)

                                                      Now it’s time to look at the traditional spaghetti and meatballs recipe, but with a little twist: vegan meatballs. This way, you can enjoy the Italian tradition without adding on the extra calories. I’m sold!

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                                                        4. Kabocha Squash and Lentils ($3.12 per serving)

                                                        Absolutely delicious way to end the day with a Kabocha Squash and lentils dinner. The beauty of this recipe is that you can actually make many other things from the mixture, from dips to full-on meals. All under $5 per serving.

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                                                          5. Baked Coconut Lentils ($0.91 per serving)

                                                          Coconuts are always a good idea, but it doesn’t have to be eaten only for dessert or breakfast. With this great recipe, you can now eat a lunch or dinner filled proteins and a coconut twist. Yum!

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                                                            6. Easy Marinated Roasted Chicken ($3.40 per serving)

                                                            We love chicken and at less than $5 per serving, we are in heaven with this recipe. Add some vegetables and rice on the side and you’ve got yourself a full meal!

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                                                              7. Organic Greens and Goat Cheese Gratin ($2.36 per serving)

                                                              This is absolutely divine. You get in your healthy greens and your fat macros with this great recipe. Takes only a few minutes to make and it’s easy on the wallet. Bon Appetite!

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                                                                8. Beef Pot Roast ($3.22 per serving)

                                                                One word: perfect. This meal will warm your insides and fill you up with the high protein content.

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                                                                  9. Fajita-Style Quesadillas ($0.43 per serving)

                                                                  If you want to eat Mexican tonight but want to stay in your budget, this Quesadilla recipe is your best friend. It’s tasty and filled with healthy ingredients for less than a dollar per serving.

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                                                                    10. Fish Tostadas with Chili Lime Cream ($2.82 per serving)

                                                                    Another great lunch idea for the busy days ahead. Prep this in the morning or the night before and you’ve got yourself a healthy and cheap lunch meal!

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                                                                      11. Beef and Black Bean Chili ($1.36 per serving)

                                                                      Might not look like much, but this amazing chili is actually extremely healthy for you. The protein from the beef and the carbs from the black beans will fill you up in no time, and keep you full for a long period of time. Delicious and warm, just right for the winter!

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                                                                        12. Crispy Fish and Peppers ($2.18 per serving)

                                                                        Amazing recipe for anyone looking to change up their meals while keeping their macros in check and not going overboard on spending. Satisfies your crunch tooth (see what I did there?) and gives you all the protein you need to stay full and lean.

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                                                                          13. Vegetarian Gumbo ($1.50 per serving)

                                                                          You have the perfect macro mix here with the carbs, fats, and proteins. At less than $5 per serving, you’ve got yourself a meal that will last for the whole week!

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                                                                            14. Mexican White Bean Soup ($0.99 per serving)

                                                                            With the cold weather creeping in, it’s not a surprise that soups are coming back in style. This great Mexican White Bean Soup dish will keep you warm for winter without making a hole in your pocket.

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                                                                              15. Black Beans with Mango & Cilantro ($0.38 per serving)

                                                                              Mangoes make every dish a little bit sweeter, which is why we absolutely love this recipe. A normal rice and bean dish might be a little meh, but add the sugary taste of mangoes and you’ve got yourself a party!

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                                                                                16. Bean Burritos ($0.71 per serving)

                                                                                If you’re having people over tonight and don’t want to spend too much time or money on food, this dish is a great option! You can even cut up the burritos into pieces and make finger foods while everyone’s watching the game or gossiping.

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                                                                                  17. Five-Spice Beef Kabobs ($2.43 per serving)

                                                                                  The spices in this recipes add a delicious twist to the beef kabobs, which is definitely worth trying!

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                                                                                    18. Cornmeal Crusted Pork ($1.92 per serving)

                                                                                    If you like the fried crunch but want to opt for a healthier alternative, cornmeal is your man. This healthy recipe will satisfy all your fried desires without making you pop open your pant’s button.

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                                                                                      19. Chicken, Tomato & Cucumber Dinner Salad ($2.57 per serving)

                                                                                      Easy to do, extremely healthy, and super delicious. A must-try!

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                                                                                        20. Lentil Soup with Beef and Red Pepper ($1.90 per serving)

                                                                                        I can’t believe how cheap this meal is, especially for all the nutrients it contains. You can make a big pot on Sunday night and divide it into small portions to last you a whole week.

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                                                                                          21. Smoky Mushroom Stroganoff ($1.90 per serving)

                                                                                          Craving pasta but not sure what to top it off with? How about smoky mushrooms with a twist?

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                                                                                            22. White Bean Tuna Salad ($1.36 per serving)

                                                                                            You can add this White Bean Tuna Salad in your sandwich or just eat it as-is for a quick lunch on a busy day.

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                                                                                              23. Sausage Eggwiches ($0.80 per serving)

                                                                                              Who says you have to eat fast food to get an eggwich? This delicious recipe will give you an amazingly healthy eggwich for less than a dollar per portion. Can you say Breakfast?

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                                                                                                24. Baja-Cali Black Bean Salad ($1.17 per serving)

                                                                                                Great snack to add to a movie-night with friends. You don’t have to use chemically-processed salsas anymore, you can now use this homemade salad for your chip dips.

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                                                                                                  25. Gnocchi, Sweet Corn & Arugula in Cream Sauce ($2.24 per serving)

                                                                                                  Italians always knew how to make carbs look good! This delicious Gnocchi recipe will give your lunch a whole new meaning. Easy to make and only $2.24 per serving.

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                                                                                                    26. Vegetable Lasagna ($1.73 per serving)

                                                                                                    If you were looking for a healthy lasagna, you’ve just found it. At under $5 per serving, you can fill yourself up right away without putting on the extra calories.

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                                                                                                      27. Fajita-Ranch Chicken Wraps ($2.05 per serving)

                                                                                                      Don’t know what to make for lunch this week? How about delicious chicken wraps with a healthy ranch? This recipe will make all your lunches, even the quick ones, healthy and colorful.

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                                                                                                        28. Quinoa with Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts ($1.24 per serving)

                                                                                                        A dish that has quinoa and brussel sprouts can’t be unhealthy, it just can’t, which is why this dish is one to keep in the books. Easy to make, healthy, and will keep you full for a long period of time.

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                                                                                                          29. Butternut Squash Chili ($1.04 per serving)

                                                                                                          You don’t need meat to make chili now that you have this recipe! It’s 100% healthy, filling, and smells absolutely delicious.

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                                                                                                            30. Fast Shrimp Bisque ($2.03 per serving)

                                                                                                            Seafood doesn’t have to be expensive if you know how to do it right, and this fast shrimp bisque is a great recipe to try if you’re in the mood for some seafood!

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                                                                                                              31. Chicken-Noodle Casserole ($0.98 per serving)

                                                                                                              Looks divine doesn’t it? This super easy to make dish will satisfy all your taste buds without burning a hole in your wallet or adding a few extra numbers on the scale.

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                                                                                                                32. Burrito Cups ($1.18 per serving)

                                                                                                                Entertaining someone tonight and don’t know what to make as appetizers? These burrito cups are a great alternative to chips or other greasy finger foods. All you need to enjoy it is a spoon and a cup.

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                                                                                                                  33. Lemon-Dill Shrimp & Pasta ($2.45 per serving)

                                                                                                                  Another impressive shrimp recipe under $5 per serving. The lemon-dill twist adds a great taste to the dish.

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                                                                                                                    34. Potato Frittata ($0.87 per serving)

                                                                                                                    If you want to eat potatoes for breakfast but still want it to be healthy, this is the recipe for you. At under a dollar per serving, this potato frittata will make you see potatoes in a whole new light.

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                                                                                                                      35. Grilled Pork and Pineapple ($2.67 per serving)

                                                                                                                      Meat and fruits? Oh, yes. The juiciness of the pork mixed with the liquid sugar in the pineapple will make you wish you knew about it sooner.

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                                                                                                                        36. Greek Honey-Lemon Pork Chops ($2.15 per serving)

                                                                                                                        Another splendid recipe mixing sweet and salty for a healthy meal. Easy to make and absolutely mouthwatering.

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                                                                                                                          37. Jamaican Pork Stir-Fry ($2 per serving)

                                                                                                                          You can add this healthy stir-fry to any dish as a side or amply enjoy it as-is for lunch or dinner. You can even make a wrap sandwich out of it if you’re in a rush to eat.

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                                                                                                                            38. Herbed Salmon ($2.49 per serving)

                                                                                                                            Salmon contains a healthy dose of fats that will boost your metabolism, lower inflammation, and make you happier. At under $5 per serving, need I say more?

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                                                                                                                              39. Five-Spice Pork Kabobs ($1.96 per serving)

                                                                                                                              Exquisite recipe under $5 per serving that will most definitely awe everyone at your dinner party.

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                                                                                                                                40. Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Mango-Black Bean Salsa ($1.24 per serving)

                                                                                                                                You don’t have to eat sweet potatoes alone anymore with this flavorful recipe.

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