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I really thought we were going to starve. Or get into big financial trouble.
When Chris and I were first married and created our budget, we had $25/week for food.
All of it.
This included eating out, but who are we kidding? We weren’t eating out. We were just trying to eat dinner.
We lived in a studio apartment (well, actually it was a shed in someone’s backyard) with a microwave and a fridge the size of a cooler.
Being broke seems like a bad time to try to eat healthy, but I didn’t know how long we were going to be there, and I had to try.
You see, I grew up on a small farm where we raised goats, chickens, sheep, and grew a huge organic garden every year. So I came into this new budget knowing the importance of good food and how much better we felt when we ate well. While I couldn’t do everything I wanted to with $25/week, I knew I could use that money to help us eat as clean as possible while still being realistic.
I learned the secret sauce to saving money and eating healthy.
You Can Eat Real Food on a Budget.
Sounds impossible, right? It’s not.
I can show you how to save money and eat healthy no matter the size of your budget.
Cheapskate Cook was born 12 years ago in our first apartment. Armed with $25 and a ridiculous amount of optimism and determination, Chris and I learned how to save money and eat healthy.
Now I’ll teach you so you can too!
What do you need?
At Cheapskate Cook, we teach you 3 superpowers to help you save money and eat healthy:
Every recipe on Cheapskate Cook is made with simple ingredients on a budget – from Breakfast and Dinner to Healthier Desserts and Make-It-Yourself recipes (like bread and yogurt).
Menu Planning & Grocery Shopping
Our tips and strategies are designed to help you save money and eat healthy no matter where you live or the size of your budget.
Whether you are someone who loves to cook or only cooks because you have to, you will find the recipes you need here!
Every recipe on Cheapskate Cook is made with simple ingredients on a budget. You can find them at your local Walmart or the health food store or farmers market.
First, download our free recipe book below for simple, budget-friendly real food recipes you can make this week. (BONUS: You probably already have most of these ingredients in your kitchen already!)
Next, check out these recipes:
Food Allergies on a Budget
We dealt with food allergies and sensitivities on a tight budget for a long time. As a result, we use a lot of delicious, simple recipes that easily avoid the more common allergens.
First, try these budget-friendly, allergy-friendly recipes!
Next, Browse More Allergy-Free Recipes:
Connection & Community
For more ways to save money and eat healthy, let’s connect!
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