The Very Best Frugal Cookbooks On The Market Right Now

So you’ve become a pro at meal planning. Now, you’re looking to introduce some new super frugal meals into your life. You’ve browsed Pinterest and a couple of frugal cookbooks but they play host to complex ingredients and kitchen equipment you’ve never heard of, right?


Fear no more, I’ve spent the past five weeks going through the very best frugal cookbooks on the market. This has allowed me to create a complete list of my top frugal cookbooks. From simple cooking to health conscious meals these books have it all.


A Girl Called Jack: 100 delicious budget recipes

Released in 2014, this book is by no means new to the market. However, there’s a reason that it’s been on my resources page since this blog started back in 2015. That’s because this book will be forever marked as my go-to-book. I love Jack and everything she stands for. Recipes include Vegetable Masala Curry for 30p a portion, Pasta alla Genovese for 19p a portion, Fig, Rosemary and Lemon Bread for 26p and a Jam Sponge reminiscent of school days for 23p a portion.


Lean in 15

If you’re anywhere on social media then you’ve more than likely seen Joe Wick’s face staring back at you. 2016 was life-changing for Joe. He’s gone from someone who used to bike ride to the park to host bootcamps that nobody would attend to hosting his own TV show. We purchased his first cookbook on release, since then he’s released two others each as good as the last.


One Pound Meals: Delicious Food for Less

With his debut cook book launching a little over a month ago Miguel Barclay is another internet sensation who’s taking the world by storm with his delicious meals that cost less than £1 per person.


What I love about this frugal cookbook is how simple and straightforward the recipes are. With favourites such as meatball marinara, chicken katsu curry, lamb moussaka and aubergine dal. This cookbook is absolutely ideal if you’re living on your own. Each recipe is designed for one person helping you to minimise waste and reuse the same ingredients in different ways.


How to Feed Your Family for £5 a Day

Complete with over 150 recipes Bernadine Lawrence has created this fantastic cookbook. If you’ve a young family then this is one of the frugal cookbooks you need in your cupboard. Filled with super child-friendly meals. With a wealth of practical tips on how to stick to a £35 a week groceries budget, use up leftovers and prevent food waste.


This book is much more than a frugal cookbook, it’s about a lifestyle change. Complete with a weekly meal planner and a guide to show which fruit and vegetables are in season, Bernadine is an expert on creating tasty meals out of nothing that you will return to time and again.


Eat Well for Less

Written by the guys behind the fantastic BBC TV show of the same name, this cookbook features 80 delicious recipes. However, it’s so much more than just a frugal cookbook. Instead it’s designed to help you create nutritious dishes for your family whilst spending less on your supermarket shop.


That’s not all. The book comes complete with a meal-planning guide, a family budget planner, kids cooking ideas and help on freezing and storing food. It teaches you how to love your leftovers and make savvy swaps by adding more fruit and veg into your diet without spending any extra time in the kitchen.


With tasty food, sample shopping lists and practical tips from Gregg, Chris and the experts from the hit BBC show, this is your essential guide to eating well for less.


Save with Jamie: Shop Smart, Cook Clever, Waste Less

Despite being four years old, this book is still a consistent Amazon best seller. It has over 1,100 reviews and it’s easy to see why. I’m usually one to steer away from mainstream chefs such as Jamie Oliver who have unrealistic expectations of our household food budget however, this book is different.


I put the reason behind this being that it was released at the peak of the financial crisis. People needed information on how to cook tasty, nutritious food on a budget.


So Jamie shared his knowledge and cooking skills enabling us all to make better choices. Demonstrating how to buy economically and efficiently. As well as how to get the most from our ingredients, save time and prevent food waste.



  1. Zoe cross March 1, 2017 at 5:10 pm - Reply

    thanks for the chance to win!
    hope you’re having a lot of fun on your reseller roadtrip! 😀

  2. RebeccaC March 1, 2017 at 5:15 pm - Reply

    Dare I admit to not using candles. I have fake ones that are battery operated. But I do like cookbooks–especially when they are for the frugal! Thanks for the opportunity!

  3. Emma nelson March 1, 2017 at 5:17 pm - Reply

    Thanks for an awesome competition

  4. Tracy Nixon March 1, 2017 at 5:43 pm - Reply

    I love Yankee Candles and my favourite scent of theirs is Flowers in the Sun!

  5. Markie March 1, 2017 at 6:08 pm - Reply

    Great post! Love money saving recipies. Dont forget alot of these have free recipes online too. I also follow healthy meals on a budget on facebook, which shows family meals usually purchased from aldi or lidl. Such easy ideas!

  6. Lyndsey March 1, 2017 at 6:18 pm - Reply

    My favourite is snowflake cookie! Great giveaway, thanks for the chance

  7. Harline March 1, 2017 at 6:25 pm - Reply

    Yankee candle is the best love baby powder

  8. iain maciver March 1, 2017 at 6:53 pm - Reply


  9. lucy higgins March 1, 2017 at 7:51 pm - Reply

    i love yankee candles and my favourites are clean cotton and snowflake cookie

  10. Deborah Clarke March 1, 2017 at 10:02 pm - Reply

    I.dont really have a favourite brand. Although id love the more expensive ones i cant afford them . I tend to use Glade scented candles. I love the cinnamon Christmas scent.
    Fab giveaway. Would love to be your lucky winner. Fingers crossed x

  11. Janice Dunn March 1, 2017 at 10:49 pm - Reply

    My favourite candles are Woodwick, and I love the Citrus Trilogy candle

  12. Amanda tanner March 1, 2017 at 10:57 pm - Reply

    Yankee candle especially the Christmas range.

  13. A S,Edinburgh March 1, 2017 at 11:38 pm - Reply

    My favourite candle brand is Potters Crouch and my favourite of their scents is Fireside.

  14. Nina C March 2, 2017 at 7:43 am - Reply

    Yankee Candle is my favourite and the favourite scent is probably Clean Cotton.

  15. Lorna Ledger March 2, 2017 at 10:57 am - Reply

    Yankee Candles – And I really like their Christmas scents – or Linen x

  16. Strazberryr March 2, 2017 at 2:37 pm - Reply

    Brilliant blog post. Great to have new frugal cookbooks to go to

  17. Susan Smith March 2, 2017 at 10:59 pm - Reply

    Yankee Candles, and the scent i prefer is Cinnamon

  18. Jo Glasspool March 2, 2017 at 11:42 pm - Reply

    Its the cranberry and mandarin Yankee Candle.

  19. Alix Smith March 3, 2017 at 12:49 pm - Reply

    I don’t really use candles – We had one at christmas that smelled of mulled wine though – was lovely but I don’t know the brand!

  20. Sam Rhodes March 3, 2017 at 8:55 pm - Reply

    I love cotton by Yankee Candle.. In fact i love all yankee candles x

  21. Sandra Fortune March 4, 2017 at 8:59 am - Reply

    Yankee Candles are my fave especially lavender

  22. Kim Styles March 4, 2017 at 12:47 pm - Reply

    Yankee Candles are my favourite in particular Vanilla Cupcake

  23. amy bondoc March 4, 2017 at 3:37 pm - Reply

    i love yankee candles, they did a pine needle one a few years ago which is my favourite

  24. Jules Eley March 4, 2017 at 4:39 pm - Reply

    has to be jo malone Lime Basil & Mandarin

  25. Samantha R March 4, 2017 at 7:57 pm - Reply

    I love Pomelo by Jo Loves.

  26. Virginia C. March 4, 2017 at 11:54 pm - Reply

    I love the Yankee Candle Christmas candles, they smell lovely.

    I’m really enjoying your Re-seller trip videos. Looking forward to your next trip in May, I wonder if you will be coming near us. The car boot sale at the Belfry (Tamworth) is usually very good 🙂

  27. janine atkin March 5, 2017 at 8:33 am - Reply

    i like vanilla yankee candles

  28. Victoria Prince March 5, 2017 at 8:42 am - Reply

    I don’t have a favourite candle brand or scent – I don’t use candles! I do love a good cookbook though 🙂

  29. laura banks March 5, 2017 at 10:34 am - Reply

    yankee candles candy cane

  30. jo liddement March 5, 2017 at 12:33 pm - Reply

    My favourite candles are by Bomb Cosmetics and i love their opulent Vintage Velvet scent.

  31. Denfor Hopkins March 5, 2017 at 12:36 pm - Reply

    My favourite candle is Yankee Candle Black Plum blossom

  32. Sheila Reeves March 5, 2017 at 2:19 pm - Reply

    My favourite is one I won, it’s Rosemary, Lemon & Frankincense and it’s made by Heartwood Candle co. – it’s made with soy wax and natural perfumes too

  33. Anthea Holloway March 5, 2017 at 4:47 pm - Reply

    I don’t use candles because of the fire risk but I guess, if I did, I would like a rose type of perfume.

  34. Gemma Cook March 5, 2017 at 8:45 pm - Reply

    My favourite is snowflake cookie!

    Thank you for running such a generous giveaway!
    I love reading your blogs. Keep up the great work!

  35. Emma Wolski March 5, 2017 at 9:06 pm - Reply

    Yankee Candle Cherry Blossom

  36. sheri Darby March 5, 2017 at 9:18 pm - Reply

    I love Yamkee Candles, they all smell so fantastic – my favourite would be Cotton

  37. Hazel Rea March 5, 2017 at 10:17 pm - Reply

    I don’t have a favourite brand – we use unscented candles due to family allergies. If I had to choose a scent it would be a mixed spice one for Christmas – just like the smell when I make Leibkuchen.

  38. Lisa-Jayne Rogers March 6, 2017 at 8:15 am - Reply

    We love so many candle scents, but cranberry Christmas aromas are our favourite 🙂

  39. Ruth Harwood March 6, 2017 at 9:40 am - Reply

    I do cinnamon candles, whichever brand, tho Yankee are the best xx

  40. Linda King March 6, 2017 at 9:56 am - Reply

    Yankee candles have to be the best even though they are a bit expensive

  41. chani lewis March 6, 2017 at 10:34 am - Reply

    I love Yankee candles : Driftwood is lovely as I live by the sea.

  42. sharon catterall March 6, 2017 at 11:18 am - Reply

    hi cora and helen,my fav candles are yankee candles and i love the bunny cake one,it smells amazing

  43. Rachael Ashmore March 6, 2017 at 12:24 pm - Reply

    I use a company called simply scented Devon on etsy and there melts and candles are amazing ⚡

  44. Victoria Allum March 6, 2017 at 3:57 pm - Reply

    I like Airwick Essential Oil candle pink sweetpea.

  45. Kirsti Peters March 6, 2017 at 5:36 pm - Reply

    Woodwick are my favourite and I just love their Spiced Blackberry scent…and I love the way these candles crackle like a fire x

  46. Sirley Young March 6, 2017 at 6:05 pm - Reply

    Yankee Candle Cinnamon Stick

  47. Elaine Fitzpatrick March 6, 2017 at 8:32 pm - Reply

    I love any of the candles from Bath and Body Works – an American brand that I purchase online – fabulous – Sweater Weather is lush!

  48. Katie Skeoch March 6, 2017 at 9:16 pm - Reply

    Mandarin cranberry Yankee candle!

  49. Fiona jk42 March 6, 2017 at 10:00 pm - Reply

    I don’t have a particular favourite candle brand but I try to buy natural candles and not that well known brand that uses lots of artificial scents

  50. Sarah Ann March 7, 2017 at 12:10 am - Reply

    Jo Malone’s Wood Sage & Sea Salt is my all time favourite!

  51. paula cheadle March 7, 2017 at 12:41 am - Reply

    Yankee candle with the scent of vanilla

  52. Lorraine Stone March 7, 2017 at 10:52 am - Reply

    I had a Yankee Candle for Christmas ~ it is Berry Trifle, smells great.

  53. Terrie-Ann Wright March 7, 2017 at 11:39 am - Reply

    Yankee Candles are my favourite!!

  54. Jade Pawley March 7, 2017 at 3:51 pm - Reply

    Definitely Yankee Candle – Pink Sands!

  55. Lia Burns March 7, 2017 at 4:38 pm - Reply

    Yankee candle shea butter is my all time favourite x

  56. sandy ralph March 7, 2017 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    I love yankee candles and Bunny cake is my favorite scent

  57. Theresa Alison March 7, 2017 at 6:24 pm - Reply

    yankee candle cosy by the fire gorgeous smell <3

  58. Kim Neville March 7, 2017 at 6:52 pm - Reply

    My favourite is Vanilla Cupcake Yankee Candle

  59. Maria Jane Knight March 7, 2017 at 7:15 pm - Reply

    I love “Melt” candles especially their scent called Angel.

  60. Natalie Crossan March 7, 2017 at 7:23 pm - Reply

    Cherry Blossom by Yankee Candles xx

  61. Anna Brown March 7, 2017 at 8:06 pm - Reply

    Yankee candle brand and I love their strawberry buttercream

  62. Michelle Hollingsbee March 7, 2017 at 8:32 pm - Reply

    I don’t really have a favourite brand, just whatever I can get a good deal on! I like citrus scents best.

  63. Eve ogden March 7, 2017 at 9:06 pm - Reply

    Yankee candles all the way anything with strawberry in yummy

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