January’s Credit Crunch Munch

Credit Crunch Munch

January is here and I can’t think of a month that is more in need of some credit crunching recipes! Our belts are the tightest they’ve ever been so I’m relying on you all for some fabulous thrifty recipes this month. Personally I’d like to see more vegetarian and healthy recipes after the excesses of Christmas but you can enter any type of recipe, just a long as it’s frugal!

To entice you to enter Helen and I have a prize to give away to one randon lucky entrant (UK delivery only), Jack Monroe’s new book A Girl Called Jack 100 Budget Busting, Delicious Recipes which will be published in March (sadly I can’t enter the draw)! I first came across Jack in a Waitrose magazine article last year about her blog and her book deal and have watched her blossoming career flourish to the heady heights it has now reached. I think it’s hard to open a newspaper or switch the TV on without seeing Jack these days. She is a total inspiration for the way that she has managed to turn her life around from the depths of financial despair as a single mum by just being herself and doing what she’s good at. Every cloud does indeed have a silver lining and we must never forget this!


So on to the challenge, if you’re not familiar with it, it’s all about sharing how you can spend less or save money whilst still enjoying great food. Things to enter could be:

  • Dishes using cheaper ingredients
  • Cheap cuts of meat or vegetarian
  • Meals using leftovers
  • Meals using up the ends of packets
  • Substitutions of cheaper ingredients
  • Packed lunches
  • Meals that use less energy to cook
  • Pressure cooking
  • Slow cooking
  • Faster cooking – less oven time for example
  • Batch cooking for the freezer
  • Sustainable foods
  • Food you have grown yourself
  • Meals from reduced food in the supermarket


To take part, simply blog about any money saving idea that is vaguely food related. There are a few rules:

  • Please link to the Credit Crunch Munch pages on mine and Helen’s blogs
  • Please link to the current host (well that’s me anyway)
  • Please use the Credit Crunch Munch Badge
  • Tweet using #creditcrunchmunch

Closing date – last day of the month – so 31 January 2014.

By entering you are agreeing to let us use an image from your entry on this site, and to pin to Pinterest.

Please be respectful of other people’s copyright when blogging. But feel free to Send to as many other events as you like, let’s help everyone save money!

As there is no linky this month simply enter by putting your link in the comments box below. We’re looking for guest hosts, so please mail Helen you are interested. helen at fussfreeflavours dot com or you can tweet myself & Helen if that’s easier:-)

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  1. Anneli

    Hi Camilla, Here is my entry for this month – Chicken Garbure xxx http://www.delicieux.eu/?p=3270

  2. Sarah James

    Hi Camilla,

    Here’s my entry for this month:


    Slow Cooked Guernsey Bean Jar at less than fifty pence a serving.

  3. Camilla

    I’m entering my Simple Pork Fried Rice https://www.fabfood4all.co.uk/simple-pork-fried-rice/

  4. Vohn McGuinness

    Here’s my entry into Credit Crunch Munch – a Steak and Stout Pie that is slow-cooked, so that cheap cuts of beef can be used…

  5. Ren Behan

    Hi camilla – an entry from me this month – Shredded Chicken Pancakes for Chinese New Year with leftover roast chicken and raw veggies, also substituting chicken for duck –


  6. Alida

    Hi Camilla,

    I love to send you this cake I made entirely of what was in the cupboard!


    Thank you!

  7. Ness

    A fridge raid of vegetables for my slow cooker carrot and coriander. http://www.jibberjabberuk.co.uk/2014/01/slow-cooker-carrot-and-coriander-soup.html

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, will be over to take a look:-)

  8. Anne

    Love the new look!!

    Thai Turkey with Coconut Coriander Sauce My linky is: http://anneskitchen1.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/thai-turkey-with-coconut-coriander.html

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Anne and for entering Credit Crunch Munch:-)

  9. Camilla

    So I’m leaving my entry here in case I forget it in the round up! Shepherd’s Pie https://www.fabfood4all.co.uk/shepherds-pie/

  10. Alida

    Hi Camila,
    I am entering this courgettes recipe for this month linky:


    Thanks very much!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Alida;-)

  11. Nicola

    Hello Camilla, here is my credit crunch munch (entering for the first time yay :-)) Spiced vegetable soup tttp://cookiescakesandbakes.wordpress.com/2014/01/18/bung-it-in-spiced-vegetable-soup/

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Nicola:-)

  12. Janice

    Here is my Credit Crunch Munch entry: French Onion Soup http://farmersgirl.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/french-onion-soup.html

    Sorry I can’t host in the near future, possibly later in the year.

    Janice X

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Janice;-)

  13. Leesa Yeo

    Slow Cooker Pheasant in Cider – cheap to buy, cheap to cook http://homecomforts-gbsbaby.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/slow-cooker-pheasant-in-cider.html

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Leesa:-)

  14. Choclette

    Oaty choc chip biscuits – sort of frugal if you have a good clear out of your cupboards and find lots of ends of packets of chocolate!


    1. Camilla

      Thank you Choclette:-)

  15. Corina

    I’ve just linked up my carrot and celeriac salad.


    1. Camilla


    1. Camilla

      Thank you for entering, can’t wait to take a look:-)

  16. Jacqueline Meldrum

    Here’s my entry Camilla. Parsnip, Carrot & Lentil Soup. ta x

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Jacs, will be over to have a look:-)

  17. Lucy @SupergoldenBakes

    I have gone on a frugal binge (can you *do* that?) for January. I have decided not buy any lunches while at work and bring in soup or leftovers instead. With my soup freezing plan I have done well so far!
    This minestrone soup is frugal, tasty and uses up all kinds of vegetables

    1. Camilla

      Thanks for entering:-)

  18. Galina V

    Here is my Student’s fish pie. http://chezmaximka.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/students-fish-pie.html

    1. Camilla

      Great, thanks for entering:-)

    1. Camilla

      Fabulous, thank you:-)

  19. solange

    A Super Bake to share Peppered mackerel & potato http://www.pebblesoup.co.uk/2014/01/peppered-mackerel-potato-bake.html

  20. Tracy Nixon

    Looks a great book! My New year’s resolution is to waste less food so make more of my left overs and save time and money with regard to meal planning and food!. So I might buy this book might be a good buy for me! Thanks for the review!

  21. Paul Wilson

    Not just January I suspect.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Ness that looks lush and very frugal:-)

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