5 Favorite Bulk Bin Buys


One of my favorite places to save a dollar on food is the bulk bin section of my grocery store. Not all stores offer bulk goods, but it’s a a great feature when they do. I always feel like a kid in a candy store when browsing the bulk goods. So many colors, textures, and flavors; I […]

Stock Your Kitchen: Pantry Staples

Herbs and Spices

It’s been a busy week and I haven’t had time to cook (thank goodness for frozen portions of Chicken Noodle Soup and Moroccan Lentil and Vegetable Stew!), so I thought it was a good time to update the Budget Bytes list of Pantry Staples. I made a list five years ago when I first started […]

A Beginner’s Guide to Oats

Beginner's Guide to Oats

I eat a LOT of oats. They’re cheap, filling, nutritious, and can be prepared a variety of ways. What’s not to love? Sure, a lot of people have not-so-fond memories of gluey, tasteless oats that were fed to them as a child, but I’m here to tell you that not all oats are created equal! […]

Homemade Chili Seasoning

Homemade Chili Seasoning

I made this basic chili a few weeks ago and in I used my homemade chili seasoning blend. I wanted to post the blend by itself to highlight the fact that it can be used for so much more than just chili! My favorite non-chili use for chili seasoning is roasting vegetables. Just toss some veggies […]

How to: Freeze Rice

Freeze Rice

Rice is a poor man’s best friend. It’s inexpensive, filling, a blank slate for flavor, and can be added to almost any meal to bulk it out. But guess what? When I come home after a long day at work and I’m hungry, like now, I don’t always want to take the time to make rice. […]

How To: Calculate Recipe Costs

Recipe Notebook

My big “Ah-ha!” moment came when I calculated the cost of my first few recipes. I was always very mindful of how much I spent per week at the grocery store, but it was seeing the breakdown of each ingredient cost and how they related to the total volume of food that truly revolutionized my […]

greek chicken stew

$9.38 recipe / $1.88 serving
Greek Chicken Stew

I guess I have a little bit more of this Mediterranean-ness left in me, so bear with me! This stew is decidedly less Greek tasting than some of the other recipes this week so if you’re not that into Greek food, you should still give it a try. Really the only reason that I’m calling […]

Budget Byting Principles

Over the past few months I’ve been compiling a list of principles to shop and cook by. I have identified 6 practices that have really helped me take a big “byte” out of my monthly food budget. With a little planning, a little effort and a little compromise you can save a lot of money. […]

stock your kitchen

The excuse I hear most often as to why my friends do not cook for themselves or why they think it would too expensive to cook for themselves is because they don’t have a properly stocked kitchen. I decided to put together a list of basics that I think every kitchen should have to get […]

prices and portions…

It is obvious that not everyone will have the exact same recipe cost as me. The point of posting the cost information is to give a reference point. It is possible your cost will be higher but it is equally possible for your cost to be lower. Your individual cost will depend on your local […]

what is budget bytes?

There are two things that I will readily admit to: I am broke and I love to eat. I’m not “cheap” because I do appreciate quality; I just like to be able to have my cake, eat it, AND pay my bills on time. Balancing your budget and meeting all of your wants and needs […]