This post is for my mom. She is still cooking for a family of 4 since my parents are raising two grandkids. When we were young my mom cooked from scratch, used coupons, planned meals and had a garden. After all the kids moved out and my dad retired, he took over the grocery shopping chore. Over the years they have stopped tracking their expenses as much, slacked off on the meal planning and got out of the habit of using coupons. Now she wants to start doing these things again.
Recently she read Early Retirement Extreme's blog post about $1-$2 Recipes and was inspired. So far 2 of those recipes have been a success at her house. She called me and wanted more frugal recipe ideas. I don't have many ideas because I eat the same meals over and over, pizza quesadillas, spaghetti, chicken alfredo, nachos, soup. I don't experiment with food because it costs money and I don't want to waste it (the money or the food). I buy and eat what I like and that's pretty much it. I don't use many coupons either because I usually buy store brands on sale and I don't buy the Sunday paper so I don't get coupons.
But anyway, here are a few sites for my mom and anyone else who is interested:
Lots of frugal recipes, shortcuts, grocery ideas.
The Grocery Game This one costs $10 every 8 weeks. It matches printed coupons to in-store sales. Sorry Mom, they don't cover your town. I have heard that in-store sales will match the newspaper coupons from 3 weeks earlier. So, the coupon shows up in the paper and they want you to run out and buy the item. Then in a 3 weeks the item goes on sale again and you buy it again if you liked it. If you save the coupon and wait until it goes on sale, then you save more. At least that's what I have heard. I haven't tried it.
Frugal Recipes This site has recipes submitted from various people. No pictures. I really need pictures of the food before I will try a recipe. Maybe I'm just not that adventurous.
Miserly Mom Recipes I read this Miserly Mom book from the library. I don't remember it because it is geared towards families and I don't have one. She also wrote Miserly Meals (hey, Mom, maybe you can find it at your library!) but this site has many frugal recipes submitted by readers.
Living On A Dime There are books, Dining On A Dime and Not Just Beans, which go along with this site and might be at your local library. They also sell ebooks on various frugal topics.
Does anyone else have a favorite frugal meal or frugal recipe site?