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 mostly vegan now, but that makes it interesting and very cheap.
Jack has written a number of cookbooks now, but my favourite is still her first, A Girl Called Jack: 100 delicious budget recipes*.
She also has a new one reflecting her interest in vegan food, Vegan (ish): 100 simple, budget recipes that don’t cost the earth.
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 was the winner of the first ever 2019 SHOMOS legendary money blogger award. 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 cake 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!
As it is a relatively new blog, I am looking forward to seeing how this site develops.
Good Cheap Eats
This is a US blog and worthy of a place on my frugal food blogs list.
Sometimes things get lost in translation when I am looking at US recipes, as they use ingredients and terms that I’m not familiar with. However, Good Cheap Eats is very clear, straightforward and easy to follow.
It is also really well organised, with lots of emphasis on meal planning and ideas for saving money on groceries. I loved this post, Feeding Teenagers without Going Broke, as I remember well when it seemed my three were permanently hungry. They were like a plague of locusts when they got in from school!
The blog’s author, Jessica Fisher, has published a book based on the blog, Good Cheap Eats Dinner in 30 Minutes or Less: Fresh, Fast, and Flavorful Home-Cooked Meals, with More Than 200 Recipes, plus several others.
Which frugal food blogs inspire you? I hope you enjoy my suggestions, but feel free to add yours in the comments below.
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