About

Hi. I’m Haley, and I have been in love with cooking and baking my whole life.

  • Age 5: I made my mom breakfast in bed for Mother’s Day. I didn’t know how to make coffee, so I simply put coffee grounds in warm water. My mom graciously drank it, but I later learned that she could barely choke it down.

Breakfast in bed

  • Age 9: I would make my brother pretend he was a co-host in a faux-TV cooking show.
  • Age 11: I would pack “mystery” sack lunches for family members.
  • Age 19: I was accused of being “too domestic” in college because of my frequent late-night baking sessions. I considered it a compliment.
  • Age 22: I chopped, mixed, and stirred my way through bouts of home sickness and culture shock while studying abroad in Brazil.
  • Today: I get to cook great food for friends and family, take photos of it, and share my experiences online. Life is good!

Aside from my love of cooking, I’m also a die-hard bargain hunter who is always looking for creative ways to save money. I frequent thrift shops and garage sales, scope out clearance racks, and scour eBay for great deals. I also look for ways to cook really great food without spending a lot of money.

Save Money and Eat Great Food: I’ll Show You How

My goal is to post recipes that are cheap, creative, and delicious. By choosing the right ingredients and learning a few money-saving tips, anyone can start saving money immediately. I know because I do it all the time!

Cheap Recipe Blog sample recipes

Various recipes from Cheap Recipe Blog

A Little Bit More About Me

I grew up in a small town in Minnesota near the South Dakota border. I spent a few years globetrotting and taking advantage of amazing opportunities to live in fun cities both in the U.S. and abroad.  I now live in St. Paul, Minnesota. While the dining, entertainment, and shopping options in the city can’t be beat, I’m a small-town girl at heart.

A winter walk

Cooking is my therapy. For me, nothing cures stress better than chopping, mixing, and ultimately reaping the benefits of a day spent in the kitchen.

Cheap Recipe Blog Has Been Featured On:

Betty Crocker

How to freeze fresh fruit
How to make beans in a slow cooker
How to coupon without going crazy
4 Easy ways to save money on meat
Slow-cooker corn jalapeno bacon dip
DIY stir-fry veggie kits
3 Quick and easy holiday gifts from the kitchen
Super fast yogurt snacks
How to make apple chips
7 Affordable apple snacks
6 Late summer toast toppers
8 Budget-stretching summer pantry staples

BuzzFeed

10 Overnight oats recipes that are super simple to make
25 30-minute meals you can make with ingredients in your pantry 

Today Show

Beyond the sandwich: 5 Delicious ways to use those turkey leftovers

Country Living Magazine

25 Green bean recipes you can make in a snap (Parmesan-crusted green bean fries featured)

AT&T

How to deliciously stretch your grocery budget

Foodie Crush

Friday faves (banh mi meatballs featured)
Foodie Crush Magazine (Summer 2012) – Sangria slushies

Nellie Bellie

How to make homemade mayonnaise
Easy breakfast tacos
Paleo Hawaiian cauliflower casserole
Irish colcannon (and leftover colcannon cakes)
Cacao nib honey caramels
Tortilla shell pizzas (less than $1.00 each!)
Baked chicken taquitos
Teriyaki turkey lettuce wraps

Bonbon Break

9 Ways to save money on groceries
How to make (cheap) sushi at home

Smarty Cents

Blogs we love: Cheap Recipe Blog

Foodal

23 Wild and crazy hot dog ideas for the grilling season
21 Of our favorite salsa recipes

Deals Plus

Wonton pepperoni pizzas

LinkedIn

5 Oddly creative ways to save money

Polkadotted

9 Frugal cooking blogs with great healthy cheap recipes

Guest Blog Posts

Simply Save: 3 Cheap and easy meal ideas for people who don’t cook
Savoury Table: Chinese chicken salad
Feast On The Cheap: Fluffy yeast-raised pancakes
The Oatmeal Artist: Oatmeal risotto
Minnemama Adventures: Movie night on a budget
Living Well Spending Less: DIY liquid hand soap