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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. 

There had to be a way to save money and eat healthy.

Real Food on a Budget

There’s this myth that in order to eat healthy, you have to:

  1. Spend your entire paycheck on groceries
  2. Devote hours to preparing fresh, homemade meals
  3. Learn to love kombucha, lacto-fermenting, kefir, and other words you have to google the first time you hear them.

That is not true, and I can show you why.

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 we can teach you so you can too!

At Cheapskate Cook, we teach you four main superpowers to help you save money and eat healthy.

What Do You Need the Most Help With?

Here on Cheapskate Cook, we teach you four main superpowers to help you save money and eat healthy:

1. Budget-Friendly Recipes

The thing about saving money and eating healthy is that you have to cook.

Whether you are someone who loves to cook or only cooks because you have to, you will find the recipes you need here.

The recipes on this menu are frugal and flexible. You can find most of the ingredients at your local Walmart as well as at the health food store or farmers market.

First, download our free recipe book here 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, try these simple budget-friendly recipes!

Picadillo (Mexican Beef & Potato Soup)
How to Make Cheap Smoothies

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Browse our budget-friendly, real food recipes for more simple meal ideas.

Do You Know What’s For Dinner?

Check out Dinner for a Dollar: Real Food Recipes for Under $1 a Serving!

2. Grocery Shopping

Are you getting the best deals? Grocery shopping on a budget looks different for everyone. 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.

First, download our free checklist below: The ONLY 35 Ingredients You need to Make Budget-Friendly Real Food Meals!

Next, learn how to shop smarter here:

How to Freeze Celery Leaves
Real food cheap ($90/week for a family of 5)
Organic on a budget grocery haul

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Check out our grocery hacks and frugal tips here.

“Help! How do I eat real food AND stay on budget?”

The answer you need is probably already in your kitchen. 

Whether you love menu planning or hate it and want to avoid it, we’ve got budget-friendly meal planning ideas for you!

First, download our Budget-Friendly Clean Eating Menu Plan. With it, you can feed a family of 4 on $60 a week. (BONUS: This Menu Plan has ZERO beans & rice recipes!)

Next, check out these real-life menu plans and strategies!

Real Food Cheap real-life menu plan
Cheap and simple ways to eat more vegetables for breakfast
What we ate during our 10-Day Pantry Challenge

Do You Like Cooking Videos?

Then you’ll love our YouTube Channel! Go there to watch our recipe tutorials, grocery hacks, and budgeting tips.

4. Food Allergies

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!

Egg-free brownies recipe
Simple Mediterranean yellow rice recipe
Mexican Picadillo recipe

Next, Find the Allergy-Free Recipes You Need!

Click any of them below and start cooking!


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