Most people are eating at home more often these days, including yours truly. Saving money is a big priority, and being experimental in the kitchen is key for avoiding boredom: With these ideas in mind, I suggest you test a lentil ragu.
Lentils are deliciously inexpensive and each serving offers tons of protein and fiber. Texturally, they are a perfect substitute for meat in a traditional ragu sauce. If you're using prepared pasta sauce, simply cook up some lentils and heat them with the sauce before serving. Season as you please.
Changing it up will help you from resorting to takeout, and you're giving yourself a healthier meal by adding these nutrient-filled legumes. Best of all, lentils are a snap to prepare, so you're not forced to choose saving time over saving money.