I love food and experimenting with recipes and, just because I am on a budget, I don’t want to eat badly. Glossy cookbooks and food programmes are all very well, but sometimes require fancy ingredients that are expensive. This is why when I want inspiration I go to my favourite frugal food blogs. (Incidentally, some of my own frugal recipes are to be found here.)
Here are some of the best frugal food blogs, in no particular order.
Best Frugal Food Blogs
Cooking on a Bootstrap
Master of the budget recipe is Jack Monroe. It started with A Girl Called Jack, but you will now find the blog at Cooking on a Bootstrap. What I like about Jack is the recipe descriptions – there is often a story behind a particular creation – and the way the cost of each recipe is so carefully calculated. The cooking here is all vegan now, but that makes it interesting and very cheap.
Kelly at Reduced Grub is well worth a visit. She has loads of recipes on her blog. They aren’t as cheap as some of the other blogs I have mentioned, but still good family food on a budget. She has recently appeared on Channel 5’s Shop Smart Save Money.
Diary of a Frugal Family
Cass at Diary of a Frugal Family is the winner of the 2018 SHOMOS award for best frugal food blog. She emphasises the importance of meal planning, which is my mantra too for those attempting to stick to a budget. This is good, family food and includes plenty of delicious home baking.
Thrifty Lesley shows you how to feed yourself for £1 a day. The recipes are interesting and healthy too. Lesley uses very little meat, which is how her food is so cheap I think. This is a clever and well organised blog. She has written menu plans to help you stick to the £1 a day budget, whatever your circumstances. There is even a no power meal plan, aimed at people who have no power in their accommodation. This is serious stuff and really useful.
Utterly Scrummy Food for Families
A brand new blog to me is Utterly Scrummy Food for Families, which has an emphasis on budgeting and meal planning. Michelle presents plenty of inspiration and advice on using leftovers, reducing your food bills and producing delicious meals on a budget. I particularly fancy this potato and vegetable bake. My kind of frugal food blog!
Eat Not Spend
Jane from Eat Not Spend is the author of Home Economics: How to eat like a king on a budget. Who could resist such a promise? The blog is well organised, with shopping lists and meal plans to suit everyone. The vegan chocolate cakes looks good, which uses avocado to create a creamy topping.
Skint Chef is the brain child of Ricky and Naomi from Skint Dad, supported by a professional caterer. It is a relatively new blog but contains lots of delicious looking budget food for families. I love the sound of the easy keema rice! I am looking forward to seeing how this site develops.
Faye’s blog, Frugal Food, does what it says on the tin. She focusses on producing frugal meals with quality ingredients. Being frugal doesn’t have to mean being cheap! Some recipes are quite adventurous, but sound delicious, such as Toro Rosso pie, made with minced beef and Hungarian sausage hot pot.
Which frugal food blogs inspire you? I hope you enjoy my suggestions..