Check out these food blogs to help you save money on groceries AND cook delicious meals!
A few years ago, my grocery budget was out of control. I was spending $80+ each week for ONE(!) person and my meals weren’t anything special – tacos, pasta, frozen pizza, burgers…and let’s be honest, tons of restaurant food.
I didn’t really know much about cooking. I was broke, kinda hungry, and not feeling that great from eating pizza every other day.
I can’t remember how I stumbled upon budget food blogs – I have a feeling I googled something like “eating on a tight budget” or “recipes for broke people” or “cheap recipes“. I came across SO MANY amazing food blogs that cater to broke folk.
Here is a list of my tried and true food blogs that I use ALL.THE.TIME. They’ll save you money, and I can guarantee you’ll cook some delicious meals.
1. Budget Bytes
Hand downs my FAVORITE food blog. I have been visiting this site for at least 5 years. Beth’s recipes do not disappoint. For each recipe, she lists the prices for each ingredient, the cost of the meal, and the cost of each serving – anddddddd she makes a big effort to keep the costs down. A dream for someone on a budget! Her recipes are SOOOO good and easy to make. I have two favorites that I make at least once a month: Easy Oven Fajitas and (Not) Butter Chicken. My husband is such a fan of the (Not) Butter Chicken that he made it for his parents the last time he visited home – now that’s a huge compliment to her recipes and her blog. Her slogan makes me laugh: “My stomach is full and my wallet is too.”
This blog is filled with gorgeous photos of amazing dishes. The variety of dishes on this site is incredible – there is a whole section for healthy recipes, tons of recipes from different countries, quick recipes, holiday recipes, the list goes on and on. Want to know the best part of this site? – with each recipe there is a video showing you how to make it! Could it get any easier?! I recently made Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Vinegar and they were delicious. But my favorite from this site is the Philly Cheese Steak!
There are so many recipes on this blog – any dish you want to make, they have a cheap recipe for. Not all recipes are $5, but they are all extremely affordable and make many servings. This is definitely a site to bookmark and browse when you need some inspiration. I just love these Baked BBQ Chicken Sandwiches (those Hawaiian rolls never fail you).
I recently discovered this website, and I’m so glad I did! I’ll browse the site when I’m looking for a healthy and slightly fancy meal, but also one I can make on a budget. This site even has a section called “Under $1 a Serving”. The Hawaiian Ham and Pineapple Calzones are delicious!
Dani doesn’t market her recipes as frugal, but I’ve always found her recipes to be healthy, simple, tasty, AND budget-friendly. She has a YouTube channel (which means many of her recipes have an accompanying video). The number of ingredients is always low (usually <5 ingredients), which generally is what attracts me to most recipes! I love her Mom’s Stuffed Peppers dish.
Before I go to the grocery store each week, I browse these websites for some meal inspiration. While I’m still not the best cook, my cooking repertoire has grown and my grocery budget has shrank thanks to these blogs.
What is your favorite food blog? Do you have a go-to recipe that you cook all the time?