By Alan Prahl

Whether you eat at home or eat out, food is probably a big part of your budget. Many families and millennials are spending nearly half of their food budget eating out. It’s all too easy to fill up on drive-through meal combos costing more than $7.

There’s a long-running debate about whether it’s cheaper to eat out or eat at home. Sure, we can get a limited selection of dollar-menu items, but do you really want to eat that all the time?

What if there was an easy way to get recipes for low-cost, flavorful meals? There is! Check out the cookbook “Good and Cheap: Eating Well on $4 a Day” by Leanne Brown. You’ll find recipes for breakfast, soups, salads, snacks, dinner, desserts and more.

Brown says, “My intent was to create satisfying food … and … to create recipes that use money carefully.”

While the cookbook was created to help people with limited incomes eat good meals, anyone can enjoy these low-cost recipes.

Amazingly, you can read selected recipes or download the pdf of the cookbook for free at You also can purchase a paper copy through her website.

By the way, if you’re curious about the eat out vs. eat at home debate, check out these numbers about how much people could save in a decade if they ate out two times less per week You’ll also find more tips on ways to eat well for less.

Bon appetit!