Everyone loves food, but beware of the supermarkets, they have all kinds of tricks to make you spend a lot on food you don’t need.
Thoughtless spending on ingredients — even for home-cooked meals — can add up to become a real stressor on the wallet. One of the most tried-and-true ways to keep food expenditures in check is by following a recipe or meal plan.
Here’s a list of four cookbooks that will make you spend less and still eat healthy and tasty.
1. The cheaper the better
Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day by Leanne Brown sought to change the narrative of accessible healthy eating by offering not only oodles of recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert but also by taking steps to ensure families who can’t afford to buy the cookbook can still have access to the recipes.
With these recipes, you can spend less than $2.75 per serving, both your stomach and bank account will be satisfied.
2. Budget Bytes
Anyone who identifies as a frugal foodie has likely stumbled across Budget Bytes in their searches. Beth Moncel, the founder of Budget Bytes, has a bachelor’s degree in nutritional science. She began her love of budget-biting more than a decade ago as a financially challenged young adult.
As one of the most popular eat-well-on-a-budget blogs, it was only a matter of time before Budget Bytes released its many recipes in a cookbook: Budget Bytes: Over 100 Easy, Delicious Recipes to Slash Your Grocery Bill in Half.
3. Tasty Ultimate: How to Cook Basically Anything
At first tasty was a section of Buzzfeed dedicated to fun, high-speed cooking videos. It has since blossomed into its own food empire. The team behind Tasty has compiled the key skills needed to be your own financially-conscious chef in Tasty Ultimate: How to Cook Basically Anything.
4. College Cookbook: Healthy, Budget-Friendly Recipes for Every Student
Being a college student is hard enough financially without a big grocery bill adding to the stress. Tiffany Shelton’s College Cookbook: Healthy, Budget-Friendly Recipes for Every Student empowers young adults to take control of their cash and wellness through smart cooking.