Is it possible to save money without clipping coupons? Yes, and these cookbooks are part of the plan.
If you want to save money without clipping coupons, cooking at home is the best place to start.
Cooking from home not only saves you money, it also allows you to significantly improve your family’s diet. It’s a win-win.
The cookbooks I’m sharing with you today are the ones I think every budget conscious family should have.
Cooking Light Fresh Food Fast Weeknight Meals: Over 280 Incredible Supper Solutions
I’m starting with this cookbook because it is the cookbook we used when my daughter wanted to learn how to cook this summer. The recipes are that simple.
In fact, every recipe has 5 or less ingredients OR it can be prepped in under 15 minutes. What’s better than that?
BONUS: Most recipes come with a recommended side dish recipe that can be made in only 10 minutes!
The fact that the recipes call for so few ingredients definitely helps with your grocery budget. No complicated ingredients, just healthy and fresh fare.
Jamie’s Food Revolution: Rediscover How to Cook Simple, Delicious, Affordable Meals
I think a good basic cookbook should have good photos – and this one does.
This is the cookbook that will teach you to eat healthy on a food stamps budget.
Seriously. This is about eating well without spending a fortune. We’re talking about a whole section on how to make hot dogs healthy.
If you are struggling with a food budget, this cookbook is a great investment.
Family Feasts for $75 a Week: A Penny-wise Mom Shares Her Recipe for Cutting Hundreds from Your Monthly Food Bill
This cookbook will definitely inspire you to save money without clipping coupons.
If you are a total newbie when it comes to saving at the grocery store, this book will walk you through compiling a grocery list and working up a meal plan.
The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking
There is nothing on this planet like a loaf of freshly baked bread with it’s dark crispy crust and an airy, light inside. My mouth waters just thinking about it.
With this cookbook, your baking skills do not matter. It really does teach you how to bake wholesome, delicious bread at home quickly and easily.
What’s more? Each loaf will cost you an average of $0.30!!! Y’all. That’s some serious savings.
Once you’ve mastered the simple loaf, you’ll soon be making breads like Roasted Garlic Potato Bread or Wisconsin Beer-Cheese Bread and those $3.00 specialty loaves from your grocery store bakery will be a thing of the past.
The 100% whole wheat sandwich bread is a family favorite. Let the dough sit in the fridge for about 5 days to get a good fermentation before baking and you’ve got a real healthy, real foodie loaf.
Not Your Mother’s Make-Ahead and Freeze Cookbook
Okay, here’s the truth. I do not like big freezer cooking days. It takes more time than I think it will. It never seems to account for the fact that I use every dish in the kitchen. I always end up with a massive clean-up on my hands. It just never seems worth it to spend one whole day cooking.
That said, I still like to have good, healthy food in the freezer for nights when I just plain need help.
The beauty of this book is it gives you the flexibility to do an all day freezer cooking plan, or just to make a recipe or two to suit your schedule.
Flexibility is the key when it comes to saving money. If pork tenderloin is on sale, you could decide to buy several and only do the pork tenderloin recipes in this book. That’s a great time and money saver right there.
This book also has a lot of great non-meat meals. The Vegetable Bolognese is both delicious and economical.
Now it’s your turn: What are the cookbooks you would recommend to help save money without clipping coupons?