Budget Recipe Books to Cut Costs & Save at the Shops – Skint Dad

Cooking on a budget recipe book

Trying to find a decent budget recipe, which is still nutritious and delicious, can be difficult at times, but don’t worry, there’s plenty here!

Whether you like to cook or not, creating a meal from scratch is much cheaper than a prepared meal or a jar of something from the supermarket.

However, the problem for me is knowing enough recipes to make. Don’t get me wrong, but there are so many times I can make a spag bol or chilli with meat before my family starts moaning. We have some family favorites, but every now and then I like to mix things up to get a little more variety in what we eat.

The problem is that many recipes and cookbooks are designed for the better-off. Even Jamie Oliver and his money-saving TV show and his extra book are very nice, but £20 for a joint of meat? That would make us for a week, not a meal!

Luckily, there are plenty of budget cookbooks where I can find as many cheap meals as I want, so I can’t worry about buying premium ingredients or cuts of meat and still having a decent dinner for my family.

Cheap and inexpensive recipe ideas

A girl named


If you haven’t heard of Jack Monroe before, now you have! She can make a meal out of thin air, with basic ingredients and still make it nutritious and delicious. One of our favorites of their recipes are the cumin and carrot bean falafels that cost only 10p per serving and are great.

River Cottage loves your leftovers

Why cook again when you already have something wasted from yesterday? Love your leftovers and do something new with your flexible carrot or leftover meat. It is also available as an eBook for download.

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Economical gastronomy: eat better and spend less

Recommended by a reader, budget gastronomy is a great way to learn how to save money. You’re not going to get the cheapest recipe like with A Girl Called Jack, but you’ll learn how to create more with less and change eating habits.

Nosh for Students

Oh, the lovely student days! Baked beans, baked beans, and more baked beans, but not anymore. Forget about being fancy, if you’re looking for some budget recipes, why not go back to basics and cook like a student does?

We own this book and, I have to say, it’s great to get a little inspiration when we don’t have the same old thing. It is also available as an e-book.

I’ve heard VERY good things about this book! Based on the BBC TV series, this budget cookbook

shows that you create meals for your family, without overspending at the supermarket.

How to feed your family for £5 a day

This may not be

the cheapest of the budget recipe books for family meals, but if you want to cook cheap but not totally frugal, then this may be a good option for you.


of us may know how to boil an egg (although I still struggle to boil a good boil!) You have some very simple meals that many may know about, but if you’re desperate to get away from cooking with packs and jars and need a helping hand, this is for you.


cookbook for students, but older generations are learning it too, and why not?! Packed with lots of recipes that are easy to make and don’t hurt the bank, even on a student budget.

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on a Grant

Recommended by a reader, Grub on a Grant is a cookbook for students that uses the basics of the store cupboard to help you prepare a meal. This book currently has no new copies, so you’ll need them, but only second-hand (from just 1p! plus delivery)

Cooking on

a budget The more this

list of budget recipe books gathered, the more I realized we owned a few cookbooks! I think we may have picked this up at a Lidl sale, but now you can also find it online.

A banquet on a budget

Sometimes you

need to cater more than you and your immediate home. What if there is a big gathering, a birthday party, or if you offer to help reduce the costs of a wedding by helping with catering? This book can help when you need to feed more than a few mouths.

Budget Cooking for One: Vegetarian Dishes

Although many of these cookbooks feature meat dishes and vegetarian dishes, this one is solely for those who don’t eat meat



there is a concern that you can eat so cheap that it is not healthy. Well, that’s rubbish and this book proves it. With some servings costing just 20p, you can find all sorts of recipes to keep the whole family happy.

1,000 Classic Beginner Recipes

Sorry, there’s one more book we have that I wanted to share. When I started cooking at home, this book was a lifesaver. It covers a lot and even made me learn some basic cooking techniques.

Inexpensive eCookbooks Some

books no longer come in hardcover and can only be downloaded to a Kindle or similar device. Remember that you don’t need to have a fancy tablet to read these books, check it out!

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When the test ends, there is a fee of £79 payable that lasts all year round. That’s just £6.58 per month which could easily be spent on a delivery, watching a movie and downloading a couple of ebook cookbooks.


you’re looking for other ways to reduce your expenses in the kitchen, be sure to join the Facebook community Reduce Your Grocery Spend


The group is full of non-judgmental people who want to save money. Everyone has a different budget, but we all want to save money, no matter how much! They also helped put together some of their favorite budget cookbook titles in the previous ones, so thank you 🙂

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