Welcome to Easy Budget Recipes, we’re so glad you’re here!
We’re Beth, Jill, and Jess and we’re the team of 3 sister-in-laws behind Easy Budget Recipes! Combined we have over 50 years of cooking, meal planning, and budgeting experience. Both Jess and Beth grew up with fathers that are accountants, so budgeting and money smarts are literally in their blood!
We started Easy Budget Recipes as a way to help moms like us do 4 things:
- Make delicious recipes made from real ingredients.
- Meal plan with a budget in mind with little food waste.
- Provide tips on how to get kids involved with the cooking.
- Get easy, budget-friendly healthy recipes on the table that won’t break the bank.
In the months to come, Easy Budget Recipes is looking forward to helping you accomplish easy meals and crowd pleasing meal plans! Our hope is that you will find some recipes that will help tame the beast that is budgeting as well as free up time to do things you love with the ones you love!
In my 20+ years of marriage we have always kept a budget (I’m pretty sure we are the last people on the planet that actually balance a physical checkbook – insert nerd emoji!🤓) I’ve tried many techniques such as: clipping endless coupons, taking out cash for grocery purchases and even attending budgeting courses. I came to notice the only thing that consistently works to stay in budget is meal planning. As the grocery bill is always a large chunk leaving our bank account, it has also been a large chunk of stress in my life. To reduce this stress I plan & budget for meals so I can enjoy spending money elsewhere, aka Amazon or Joanns!
My hubby and I have 4 children ranging from Kindergarten to College and we see the importance of teaching them correct spending & eating habits. We also have many years of balancing hectic schedules and the different ‘eating phases’ of life – my favorite being the “I don’t like that anymore” phase – heavy sigh!
I’m excited to share with you the success and even the failures I’ve found to help you achieve joy in budgeting and preparing meals for your family!
Cooking and traveling is my jam and budgeting is my plan!
Aside from cooking and baking being a huge part of family life, it’s also one of my creative outlets. I love including my kids when I’m in the kitchen, because it affords some extra one-on-one time where I’m building their kitchen confidence and providing them with essential life skills.
When I’m not in the kitchen or working on my websites (I also own and run Food Folks and Fun), I’m either planning my next trip or traveling the world. Some of my favorite destinations have been Bali, The Great Barrier Reef, Japan, Lake Powell, Hawaii, Paris, Budapest, Israel, and Prague to name a few. I love being exposed to new places, cultures, and people while traveling and my kids love it, too. I feel it expands our world view and makes us better citizens of the world.
If I could I would travel the world indefinitely with my kids, but traveling is expensive. One thing is for certain, I could not travel the world with my family without budgeting! Every month I add to our travel fund, and the only way that I can do that is by budgeting my grocery allowance through smart meal prep and menu planning.
I grew up with parents on opposite sides of the spectrum when it comes to spending habits. My mom loves to shop and my dad, an accountant, does not! Because he was an accountant we were taught budgeting strategies at a young age. But because my mom loves to shop, I was also taught some fun shopping strategies! This must be why this quote by an unknown author speaks to me so much. It says:
“I was cursed with expensive taste and a low budget.”
I love to shop on Amazon. This is why I budget.
I have a blended family of six children, ages ranging from 4-14, who love to eat, (every single day, the nerve of them!) and all have different eating habits. This is why I plan easy recipes and budget to feed their growing and varying appetites.
We love going to the lake as a family, packing food for the day, and enjoying quality time together. This is why I budget.
I have a busy lifestyle with a busy husband and lots of sporting activities. This is why I budget.
Our grocery bill is our largest bill each month so it is obvious that this is where I would spend the most time budgeting our resources so we can support our boating habits and my Amazon shopping habits! Oh and to support the kids, they are expensive! Easy Budget Recipes helps me accomplish these goals. I hope you will look around and find some tips and recipes that help you too.