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Here you’ll find budget friendly (and downright cheap) recipes to help you spend less while feeding your family.  In keeping with our goal to eat mostly, if not all, whole foods, most of these recipes will feature whole food ingredients.  You’ll also find our Frugal Farmer Meal Calendar below.

Our goal is to make super cheap meals while still retaining  a fair amount of nutritional value.  Under $4 per meal, or a total of $12-13 a day, or $400 a month or so, is our grocery goal for our family of six.  If we can beat this, we’ll do it.

And we’ll share our meal plans and our recipes so you can duplicate if you wish.

Our Posts on Frugal Food

We Feed Our Family of Six for $450 a Month and They Aren’t Starving OR Deprived!

5 Effective Ways to Improve Garden Cultivation

Pumpkin Bread with Caramel Glaze AND Some Superbowl Recipes

Gardening for Self-Sufficiency: Our 2016 Plan

Delightfully Delicious Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls

How to Feed Your Family for $400 a Month: Part 2

How to Feed Your Family for $400 a Month: Part 1

What’s in Your Food?

The Prepper Garden

How a Clean Diet Can Change Your Life

Macrobiotic Diet vs Paleo Diet: What’s the Difference?

Un-frugal Confessions

Our Best Homemade Pizza Recipe

How We Fed Our Family for $200 This Month

Review: GMO OMG

30 of My Best Cooking Tips

Garden Carrots 101

Smoky Chipotle Salsa

Why it’s Vital to Learn to Grow and Preserve Your Own Food

How to Make and Can Spaghetti Sauce

Homemade Zucchini Bread Recipe

Oh yeah, Baby!  It’s Homemade Raspberry Jam!

How to Freeze Green Beans

7 More Ways to Save Money on Groceries

Quinoa and Black Beans

A Mothers Day Brunch

Blueberry Streusel Muffins

Frugal Fajitas

Protein Packed Pancakes

Garden 2014 Update

A St. Patricks Day Dinner

More Ways to Save Money on Groceries

5 Easy and Cheap Foods

Our Fun and Frugal Valentines Day Menu

Gardening for Beginners: Helpful Tips

What’s in the Food That You Eat?

How to Plan for a Large Vegetable Garden

Fun New Year’s Eve Recipes

How to Save Money on Dairy Products

Our Thanksgiving Dinner Menu

Best Turkey Brine

Garden 2013 Review and 2014 Plans

Fall Favorite Recipes

Hidden Tips for Saving Money on Groceries

How to Save Money on Thanksgiving Dinner

7 Uses for Pumpkin Seeds

Is Preserving Your Own Food Worth the Effort?

Save Money on Groceries: 7 Ways to Save Money on Food

The Frugal Farmer’s Guide to Feeding Your Family for Less

4 Meals for $10

Our Dream Garden

Meal Calendar: Feeding Your Family the Frugal Farmer Way

Save Big Money on Feeding Your Family By Double-Dipping


The Best Peanut Butter Blossoms

The Best Sugar Cookie Recipe

The Perfect Spritz Cookie Recipe

Super Easy Fudge Recipe


Mr. CBB’s Spinach and Ricotta Fettucine



Mr. CBB’s Sloppy Joes 

Cheese Quiche

Beans and Rice

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Rosemary Thyme Lemon Chicken

Pistachio Salad



Cowboy Salsa

Best Turkey Brine

Easy and Delicious Apple Crisp

Homemade Pico de Gallo

Smooth Mexican Salsa

Homemade Guacamole Dip

Grandma’s Cocoa Brownies

Delicious Chocolate Chip Cookies

Hot Roast Beef Sandwiches

Homemade Veggie/Potato Chip Dip

Nana’s Banana Bread




One Dollar Meals

Chipotle Rice

Cinnamon Rice


Two Dollar Meals

Buttered Noodles with Veggies


Three Dollar Meals

Peanut Butter Balls

Black Bean Soup

Creamy Mac & Cheese

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Navy Bean Soup

Nana’s Banana Bread

Cheese Quiche


Four Dollar Meals

Pasta with Broccoli

Healthy Hearty Pancakes

Mom’s Spanish Rice




Five Dollar Meals

Grilled Chicken with Mashed Potatoes and Carmelized Onions