October is all about finding the Cheap Tricks that help us live for less. We’ve talked about discerning needs vs. wants and how we can end impulse spending. Then we talked about making DIY liquid laundry soap and shower cleaner, but this week our focus is in the kitchen.
Food costs money, but with a few cheap tricks, we can reduce our grocery bill and save some $$$ in the kitchen.
Yesterday I introduced you to Clara. If you haven’t watched any of her videos, you’re missing out on a very sweet woman and piece of history. She talks about what it was like to live during the Great Depression and she cooks some of her favorite meals from that time. Go on and watch, but be sure to come back for some more yummy modern recipes.
This is collection of simple, low-cost recipes. You can tweak each of these recipes to further cut costs. Enjoy!
Low Cost Recipes
I love a good coffee cake and this recipe is so simple, it takes two minutes to throw it together. Plus, it’s made from the staples. You probably already have everything you’ll need on hand.
I was surprised by how much my family loves this cake, because it’s not overly sweet.
It’s simple and perfect with a cup of coffee or tea.
I like that.
Bread prices are on the rise, at least it seems that way.
I know for some, it’s intimidating to make bread.
You may have tried with less than great results in the past, but I assure, this recipe is as easy as they come.
If I can make a loaf of bread, anyone can.
My best bread-making tip is to keep your yeast in the freezer. It will always be fresh.
(make it cheaper by leaving out the ground beef)
Lentils and dried beans are cheap. Plus, they go a long way.
I shared this recipe a long time ago and my friends in Portugal recently told me they made it. Again.
It’s good enough to eat more than once in a while.
I love these cookies!
They are low-calorie and low-cost.
You can use up your over-ripe bananas with this one.
Add chocolate chips or a tablespoon of cocoa powder for a healthy hit of chocolate.
Like I said, beans are cheap and they fill you up.
You can use canned beans for convenience or dried beans for extra savings.
Remember, a little chicken goes a long way when shredded…also, consider using leftover chicken. You can bake a whole chicken one day and make these with the leftover meat.
I don’t normally think of steak as being cheap, but these roll-ups can be made with the thinnest cuts. As you’ll see in the photos, it didn’t cost much at all.
I love making popcorn this way.
As a bonus, everyone can eat out of their own bag…no dirty bowls!
And, no oil at all. Perfect if you’re watching your girly figure.
My husband was skeptical the first time I made Focaccia bread.
Now, he asks for it.
For more recipes, check out Poor Girl Eats Well.
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