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Tips for Blogging on a Budget {Part 2 for Food Bloggers}

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Welcome back to our Blogging 101: Two Girl’s Blog Basics Series! I’m teaming up with one of my bestest bloggy friends Parrish from Life with the Crust Cut Off to share a little insight through our eyes at this crazy blogging world! We have already covered 12 Things that Happen After Starting a Blog and Tips for Blogging on a Budget {Part 1}. Today I’m going to be going over tips for blogging on a budget specifically for food bloggers. Now, this doesn’t mean you have to be a blogger that ONLY writes about food, heck naw! Anyone who ever thought about throwing a recipe up, this is for you!

 Tips for Blogging on a Budget {Part 2 for Food Bloggers} from #FoodBlogger #Budget #BlogOnaBudget

Where to find cute (cheap!) plateware for pictures.

Once I started really focusing on my pictures I found myself a little obsessed with this one! So, the first and cheapest place to find plates/glasses that are basic and let the food shine is the dollar store. YUP! They have very simple all white plates and bowls. As well as cute glasses for cocktails, margaritas, ice cream dishes and those vintagey coca-cola shaped glasses (you know what I’m talkin’ bout, right?!). Now, obviously their inventory will vary from store to store so don’t be surprised if you don’t see something I’ve mentioned.

The next place that is cheap but not as cheap as the dollar store is your local flea market. I actually got a ton of bowls, cake stand fancy dishes from the local flea markets for my wedding (we had a candy bar, yum!). So, these prices can vary it just depends how good of a haggler you are!

Now, the place I go and can spend hours in and always find something new to use in my pics is Home Goods. They have the BEST biggest selection of awesome looking plates and glasses and utensils… everything you need for great food pics!


The plate here is from the dollar store. The cake plate in the background is from the flea market! To see the recipe for this click this link:Cherry Icebox Cheesecake

Where to get cute props/cheap backgrounds.

When I say cute props it can be anything from a fancy looking utensil to something to place sauce in so it just isn’t a big glob on the plate. You can find these once again at the dollar store, Home Goods, flea market, even Wal-Mart or Target. But what i think really bring a nice “pop” to pictures is what the plate is sitting on this is where the cheap backgrounds come in. I got a really cheap table cloth from the dollar store so I could cut it up. I can now place dishes that are more picnicy on them directly or with a plate and you automatically get a themed picture. This can also work with fabric, just get one of those samples. I love to use crocheted items as well, you can find tons of these on ebay!


Plate and salad dressing bottle is from Home Goods. For this recipe click this link: Greek Panzanella Salad with Homemade Greek Salad Dressing


Crochet piece off of ebay! Recipe can be found by clicking this link: Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

How to not break the bank when researching new recipes.

The best way to do this is planning. For some reason with me I end up doing 3-4 recipes one week that I can blog about for the next couple weeks. By doing this I can buy the items needed for the different recipe together, for example I made my recent Death by Vanilla dessert. I normally don’t have any of items on hand for the ice cream and whipped cream. So by utilizing the ingredients I don’t normally have on hand for other dishes. Instead of buying cookies for my Hubbies lunch I used the blondies. Instead of buying creamer for my coffee I used the left over whipping cream. Little substitutions like that will help you to use up all of the ingredients you wouldn’t normally have. Also, do you research with coupons, get them from the newspaper and print them off online.

I really hope these were some points that could help all you cooks out there! If you have any suggestions or found cute stuff for your pictures for cheap please share in the comments below!

Make sure to go check out Parrish’s second post about blogging on a budget by clicking on the image below:


To view our past lessons visit these links:

From Parrish

Things I Wish I Knew About Starting a Blog

Blogging on a Budget Tips and Hints

From Dana

12 Things I Didn’t Think Would Happen When I Started Blogging

Tips for Blogging on a Budget {Part 1}

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18 Wonderful Comments

  1. I love all of your tips Dana! I never thought about Dollar Store, I will have to check that out. I don’t have a Home Goods unfortunately, and everyone is always talking about that place 🙂

  2. August 13, 2013

    Thank you for sharing at Tuesday Trivia. I LOVE your pictures. I too get my dishes and little touches from dollar store or thrift store mostly. Pinned this.
    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

  3. August 13, 2013

    Great tips. I especially love your idea for buying a cheap tablecloth and cutting it up. I’m going to do that! Thanks!

  4. Nicole says:
    August 14, 2013

    Great tips! I love to find dishes at garage sales. You’re right about Home Goods! I could spend a zillion dollars in that place 🙂 Visiting from Homework Wednesdays, although I’ve seen your post floating around several places in the blogosphere 🙂

  5. emily says:
    August 15, 2013

    Your pictures are beautiful!!! Thanks for the tips… I appreciate you keeping it simple, yet beautiful!!! I’ve shared this on Google :o) I’m currently hosting a Sewing series called Sew Many Books.. I’d love for you to come over and check it out! EMily

  6. August 15, 2013

    Great tips! I share recipes occasionally, and am continually working on improving my pictures. The other thing is that although my current pictures are looking good, I want to go back and update some of my earlier pictures! I’ll add it to my ever constant blog to-do list!

    • August 15, 2013

      I KNOW! I so badly want to put date pictures but it just keeps getting pushed aside with more recent bloggy business!

  7. August 15, 2013

    Thanks so much for the great tips! And for linking up at Pin It Tuesday!

  8. Mel says:
    August 15, 2013

    These are great tips, Im going to go check out the other ones. Estate sales are also a great place to find those shabby chic vintage china for a song

  9. August 16, 2013

    We found some amazing Asian-inspired bowls and dishes that were being sold for .50-.75 cents each at Goodwill. Score! I’m glad you mentioned the Coke glasses, I’ve been looking everywhere for those! Gonna have to hit up the dollar store and see if they can be found there.

  10. Nici says:
    August 16, 2013

    Thanks for the great tips! Pinned! I’d love for you to link this up to our All Things Thursday Blog hop going on right now. Hope to see you there!

  11. Lisa says:
    August 17, 2013

    Great tips! I love the Dollar Store for a variety of reasons and you’ve given me another! Following you on Pinterest from The Pin Junkie’s hop

  12. April says:
    August 18, 2013

    Great tips, I have always wondered about good ideas for food post props and dishes, good ideas, thanks for sharing! 🙂

  13. These tips are great! I can’t wait to go looking for cheap, cute items to turn up my food photos! Thanks!

    *Visiting from Sunday FUNday at The Foley Fam*

  14. August 21, 2013

    These are great tips! I do most of these myself already. 🙂 I also like heading out to garage sales and the thrift store to find great deals on plates, foodie props, place mats, and dish cloths I can use for background.

    Thank you so much for sharing this post at Marvelous Mondays this week!

  15. kerry says:
    August 29, 2013

    I love this series. I started with lesson 5, and I had to come back and read the rest of them. I just wanted to comment and tell you how much I am enjoying your tips. Thank You!

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