About Good Cheap Eats

Six kids. Southern California living. A $800/month grocery budget.

These seem to be incompatible circumstances, don’t they? But, our family is living proof that it can be done. Not only does our family eat, but we eat well. Thanks to cooking from scratch and making good use of the deep freeze, I am able to feed my family healthy, home cooked meals on a budget and make ends meet in the Golden State.

When I’m not chasing kids or washing mountains of laundry, I try to equip fellow moms and home managers with the tools they need to do their jobs well.  LifeasMOM is my other little place on the web where I do that, hosting Frugal Friday and Ultimate Recipe Swap and regularly sharing Freezer Cooking Tips.

GoodCheapEats is where I index many of my recipes, focusing on affordable, delicious, and healthier meals that use more whole ingredients than processed foods. Homemade pizza? Oh yeah. Beans and rice? Of course. Homemade corn tortillas? Absolutely.

I also share product reviews, foodie giveaways, and other helpful tips for saving money on food. Whether you dine in or eat out, there are always good ways to eat well, act your wage and enjoy life.

Because no one should be without Good Cheap Eats.


  1. Oh, Jessica, where have you been all my (adult, married with kids on budget, trying to cook from scratch) life? I can’t wait to delve into these archives and get cooking! *muah muah muah*

  2. Thank you for your blogs! I have enjoyed this one and Life as Mom. I am trying to cook from scratch because I believe it is so much healthier for my family and your site has given me lots of recipes. Thanks again!

  3. LOVE the picture: gorgeous and no doubt the inspiration for all the love you provide from your kitchen! I just know we’d be fast friends—tortilla making and all;).

  4. Letticia says:

    I have been searching for something like this! To be honest, it’s my birthday and I was searching the web for a bar where I can have a couple of drinks and spinach dip on a budget in San Diego and this site poped up!

    It has been a mission of mine for the past year to feed my family of 6 well on a budget. I have been couponing and stretching our dollars as far as they will go, but I admit, quality in my meals has been lacking. Thank you for what you are doing here! I’m excited to learn all that you want to share!

  5. Hi Jessica,
    I have really been inspired by your healthy and frugal cooking! Your blog is just the little kick I needed to get on track with saving money and time in the kitchen. Thank you for sharing your journey with the rest of us!

  6. Jennifer says:

    Hi, Jessica –
    I just had to take a moment and tell you how thankful I am for you and your site(s). I have been reading/using your site and info for several months and I am constantly encouraged, challenged and feel supported in my own endeavors to feed my family more whole, unprocessed foods. I really don’t know if I could do it without you! (at least it wouldn’t be nearly as delicious! lol) I have two young children (read: almost no time and very little sleep) and a very tight grocery budget so I appreciate everything you post. Every recipe I have tried has been a big hit with our whole family (I was super excited to find your recipe for cream of celery soup – I’ve been trying to eliminate the canned stuff from our diet for quite a while now!). It’s like you read my mind and know what I’m trying to do but you’re 20 steps ahead of me. lol Thank you for all that you do – you truly are a God-send!
    (I also esp. love this latest journey you’re on – looking forward to reading it in more detail when I get a chance.)
    Wishing you all of the best!

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