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How to Make Crocktober Work for Your Budget

Crocktober- one of my favorite times of the year. I love the start of every season here in Upstate New York, but fall is one of my favorites.

Even though the summers seem to go faster year after year, I look forward to the slow-down and new schedule that fall brings to our home.

If you’re looking to save money this crocktober, there are a few key ways to make it work for your budget. First, take advantage of crockpot sales and discounts.

Many stores offer special deals on slow cookers during October, so keep an eye out for those. Second, try to use crockpot recipes that use inexpensive ingredients. Third, leftovers are your friend!

Slow Cooker meals often make great leftovers you can stretch into multiple meals. Finally, don’t forget to plan. Meal planning can help you save money and time when cooking crockpot meals.

How to Make Crocktober Work for Your Budget

HOW TO FIND SALES ON CROCKPOTS

October is crockpot season, so there are bound to be some great sales on crackpots. Searching your thrift stores in the summer months is a great way to snatch a deal.

You can use your Ninja Foodi as a crockpot which I love.

Search in your Free neighborhood Facebook groups and the Buy Nothing Groups. Marketplace will probably have a few decent deals too.

Don’t forget to make sure it works by plugging it in before you purchase it.

How to Make Crocktober Work for Your Budget

INEXPENSIVE INGREDIENTS FOR CROCKPOT MEALS

Not all crockpot meals have to be expensive. There are plenty of recipes that use inexpensive ingredients. For example, beans and rice are a great way to stretch a meal and are affordable.

Other cost-effective ingredients include chicken thighs, ground beef, and stewing vegetables. Breakfast for dinner is a very affordable meal.

Grab my pantry list printable here!

Don’t worry. We will get to some fantastic slow cooker recipes in a minute.

How to Make Crocktober Work for Your Budget

LEFTOVERS ARE YOUR FRIEND

One of the great things about crockpot meals is that they often make great leftovers. So if you’re looking to save money, cook a crockpot meal and then enjoy the leftovers for another meal or two.

This can be a great way to stretch your food budget.

One of my favorite ways to use my slow cooker in the fall is to throw in chicken breasts I got on sale at my local Tops using the Flashfood app. If you aren’t familiar with this app, go take a look at it quickly HERE.

Then I’ll toss them in my Ninja Foodi and slow cook. Shredded chicken can be frozen, so many different sauces can be added to this mix.

Throw in some BBQ, and you can make sandwiches, quesadillas, tacos, and more.

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GRAB MY MEAL PLANNER HERE

PLAN AHEAD

One of the best ways to save money on crocktober meals is to plan ahead. This means finding a recipe that works for your budget and pantry and shopping for ingredients in advance.

By planning your crockpot meals, you can avoid last-minute trips to the grocery store, which can often be costly.

crocktober meals

When it comes to budgeting for your meals, always try to come up with as many meals as you can using what you already have in your kitchen.

Search for basic recipes or use myfridgefood.com to type in what you have, which will help you develop recipes.

Following these tips can do crocktober work for your budget this year. So get out your slow cooker and get cooking!

Grab my Meal planning Printable Pack below!

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How to Make Crocktober Work for Your Budget

Daily Slow Cooker Dinner Recipes for Crocktober

How to Make Crocktober Work for Your Budget
  1. Slow Cooker Taco Soup– a simple meal taken from your classic taco recipe with a twist!
  2. Slow Cooker Fall Harvest Chili
  3. Easy Crock pot Chicken and Dumplings– one of my favorite meals and a great way to use shredded chicken!
  4. Slow Cooker Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
  5. WHOLE 30 SLOW COOKER CHICKEN THIGHS WITH BUTTERNUT SQUASH AND SPINACH
  6. CHUCK ROAST CROCK POT RECIPE
  7. Paleo Chicken Gnocchi Soup
  8. Slow Cooker Baked Ziti
  9. EASY CROCKPOT CREAM CHEESE CHICKEN CHILI
  10. Slow Cooker Dr. Pepper Ribs
  11. Olive Garden slow c
  12. Slow Cooker Chicken Dinner
  13. Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken
  14. Sweet and Sour Crock Pot Cabbage Soup with Sausage
  15. Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Chili Dinner
  16. Honey Sriracha Turkey Meatball Recipe
  17. Overnight Slow Cooker French Toast Casserole
  18. Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Pineapple Ham
  19. Slow cooker mushroom Pork Chops
  20. Slow Cooker Recipe Ham & Bean Soup
  21. Slow Cooker Barbeque Pulled Pork
  22. Easy Beef and Barley Soup Recipe
  23. Healthy Chicken Potato & Corn Chowder Slow Cooker Recipe
  24. High Protein Slow Cooker Lentil Bolognese
  25. Easy & Satisfying Lazy Slow Cooker Pasta e Fagioli
  26. Keto Shepard’s pie recipe
  27. Sweet Lime Ginger Pork Slow Cooker Recipe
  28. Slow Cooker Greek Breakfast Casserole Recipe
  29. Easy White Chicken Chili in the Slow Cooker
  30. Hearty Slow Cooker Cowboy Soup Recipe
  31. Slow Cooker Ham & Potato Recipe
caramel dip

Here are a few dessert/snack ideas for your Crocktober

  1. Stuffed Apples in the slow cooker
  2. Slow Cooker Maple Butter
  3. Easy Slow Cooker Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
  4. Simple 4 Ingredient Slow Cooker Caramel Dip

In conclusion, crocktober can be a great way to save money on meals. By taking advantage of sales, and using inexpensive ingredients, and leftovers, you can make this slow cooking month work for your budget. And don’t forget to meal plan ahead to make the most of your slow cooker meals.

Happy crocktober!

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