25 Money-Saving Tips for Frugal Cooking and Shopping

updated Jun 4, 2019
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Frugality has been on everyone’s minds these days, and cooking at home is one of the best ways to save money and nourish yourself and your home at the same time. From good yet inexpensive cuts of meat to good ideas for using up the last bits of your ingredients, here’s a look back at some of our discussions and tips on saving money in the kitchen.

Posts pictured in photos above are in bold below, and in order left to right and top to bottom.

• How to Save Money by Shopping at Whole Foods

Book Recommendation: The Frugal Foodie Cookbook

• Recipe for Frugal Times: Muhjadarrah
• Bartering for Food: Would You Do It?
• How Low Can You Go? NPR Makes a Push for Frugal Dinners

• Mix & Match Bagged Meals At Home
• Holiday Party Wines: $10 and Less from Trader Joe’s
• Deal-licious: Chefs Turn Cheap Ingredients Into Gourmet
• Is It Cost-Effective To Make Pantry Staples Yourself?
Money-Saving Tip: Shop at Multiple Grocery Stores

A Cocktail Party for 20 for Just $140

• Good Idea! Sharing Kitchen Equipment

• Craigslist Saves You Bucks in the Kitchen

On Recession Eating & Cooking (It’s Not Depressing)

Frugal Cooking: Eight Ways to Use Leftover Chicken
• Recession Eating & Cooking: Really Cooking at Home More?

Cheap Meat: Of Beef Chuck Deckle and Lamb T-Bones

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