Budget Cooking to Save Money

When it comes to ways to save money, one of my favorite ways is in the kitchen.  Budget cooking is on the top of the list of how to live frugally in my home.

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It’s amazing how much of a difference you can make in your grocery bill just by learning ways to save when you shop, and what to cook with.  A while back I wrote a post about ways to save at the grocery store to help you cut your shopping bill.  However, part of the way to save money in the kitchen is knowing what to cook.  You need to learn how to make budget meals!


For years I have been learning little tricks to save money in the kitchen.  I make a lot of things from scratch, however, you can get away with making less from scratch and still save money if you know what grocery items to use and what recipes to make.

In my opinion, every frugal kitchen needs a few good cookbooks if they want to practice budget cooking.  Not the ones that you open and feel overwhelmed at the list of ingredients and possible cost of all the things you need.  No, I’m talking about recipe books that use basic ingredients and have minimal instructions.  If you are like me, you have an extremely busy household and you need something you can whip up fairly quickly and put on the table in no time at all.

I mean, I don’t know about you, but by dinner time I’m starting to feel super tired from the day.  Between homeschooling, working from home, and take care of the chickens and puppy, as well as trying to get to that mountain of laundry before everyone runs of clothes, by dinner time my brain is no longer functioning at full capacity.

Today, to help you in the kitchen, I want to share with you some of the best frugal cookbooks.  These books can help you save money in the kitchen with recipes that use low cost ingredients.  I will also share a few of my favorite websites to get recipes at the end.


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Dining on a Dime.  If you’ve spent anytime over here at Simple Life of a Frugal Wife you will probably have already heard me talk about my favorite recipe book, Dining on a Dime.  The author of this book, Tawra Kellam knows what it is like to live on next to nothing. Her recipes are simple, and she knows what she is talking about when it comes to saving money in the kitchen. Check it out HERE.


Little House Living.  This cookbook, with the same name as the blog, is written by Merissa Alink.  Again, this is someone who has learned to make the most of what she has by going through some very meager times.  She has a lot of DIY recipes, and it isn’t limited to food.  She also includes recipes for homemade laundry soap, sunscreen, etc.  Many of her recipes are allergen friendly and gluten-free.  Check it out HERE.

Miserly Meals.  The author of this book, Jonni McCoy, is all about frugal meals that are quick and easy.  She knows what it’s like to be a busy mom and so she keeps that in mind when sharing recipes.  She also shares nutritional information with her recipes.  Check out here cookbook HERE.

The $5 Dinner Mom.  Erin Chase, the face of $5 Dinner Mom also runs a popular website called $5 Dinners.  She is passionate about helping moms cut back on their grocery bill while making quick and easy meals.  Check her book out HERE.



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Saving money in the kitchen will help your overall budget.  Knowing what meals to cook that are made from affordable ingredients will help you live a frugal lifestyle.  Budget cooking can be delicious, simple, and quick for those busy nights.

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1 thought on “Budget Cooking to Save Money”

  1. Yes we don’t need plastic wrap or foil thats a waste of money.Use glass or ceramic bowls that you can put in the fridge or freezer and in oven to reheat saves you much more money and is greener and has no toxens in them like plastic or foil.

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