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Let's pretend it's 5:00...dinnertime. What are you serving? One of the same five dishes you have served every week for the past 63 weeks? Yeah, we are all right there with you. It's tough to find a dish to make that a) the family likes, b) is healthy, and c) doesn't break your shopping budget. Trying to find new dishes is even harder because if the family says, "Bleeee-ach!" you've wasted that moolah.

That's why I'm digging recipes that don't cost a lot to make, and I'm finding many of them in cookbooks specifically made for those of us watching out for our family piggy banks. Check these out: 

Cheap and Easy: A Cookbook for Girls on the Go by Sandra Bark and Alexis Kanfer - Though this one is more for gals who maybe don't have families, the recipes are perfect for anyone with a tight budget and not so much time. It has a variety of budget dishes to try, from soups to cookies.

Dining on a Dime Cook Book: 1000 Money Saving Recipes and Tips by Tawra Kellam and Jill Cooper - This come with some yummy and cheap recipes, and many are for things you may buy premade at the store, which means you can learn to make them on your own for much less.  Though some may not work for you and your life, the gazillion cost-saving hints to try are worth a shot.

Cheap. Fast. Good! by Beverly Mills and Alicia Ross - Boasting 275 recipes that cost under $2 per serving, this cookbook offers some good basic recipes as well as nifty how-tos on menu planning and substitutions you can make to stretch that grocery dollar.

What is your favorite cookbook these days?

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by on Oct. 22, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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by Member on Oct. 22, 2012 at 1:46 PM

I'll have to check those out.  I have one called Dinner for a Dollar.  Each recipe costs approximately $1.00 per serving.  

by on Oct. 22, 2012 at 2:07 PM
Nice! I'm tired of always making the same thing
by on Oct. 22, 2012 at 3:35 PM

I get most of mine from online. I do have one that was made from recipes put together by everyone in the school that I love. 

by on Oct. 22, 2012 at 4:11 PM
I love finding new recipes on cm.
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by Member on Oct. 22, 2012 at 4:32 PM

thanks! will have to look into them.

by Member on Oct. 22, 2012 at 4:56 PM

I love my Pillsbury cookbook, but I'm all for googling recipes as well. I think I'm a good judge one whether the combination of ingredients sounds good to me or not. If not, I don't make it.

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by on Oct. 22, 2012 at 5:10 PM

I really like online recipe sites and they are free.

I have some old ones from a hospital that I worked in for many, many years. I use those CBs often and they conjure up fond memories of my former co-workers.

by Bronze Member on Oct. 22, 2012 at 5:36 PM


by on Oct. 22, 2012 at 5:50 PM
The one i made. I have a binder that has print outs and handwritten recipes that i have collected. And am still collecting. :) i will have to check these out.
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by Bronze Member on Oct. 22, 2012 at 5:51 PM

I really need these!!  I use the Pillsbury cookbooks often.

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