There are so many great conversations on the Hotline -- it's hard to choose a favorite. But we'll be doing it, once a week, to spread the wealth of our community's knowledge -- and to keep the conversation going.
Today: Trying new recipes and purchasing a long list of ingredients can sometimes strain your budget -- here's how to experiment in the kitchen without breaking the bank.
We know the basics of frugal food: Pack your lunch, eat lots of beans, and make your own versions of store-bought favorites. But even if you’re not trying to stock a broke kitchen, constantly buying different ingredients for new recipes can make any budget feel tight. This week on the Hotline, Samlawali grappled with exactly that dilemma: “How do you shop and cook for two people and have it not cost a fortune? I love trying out recipes, but I just don’t have the money it seems to cost.” Luckily the community was full of helpful ideas:
Use Good Ingredients -- Store Them Properly and Balance Consumption
More: Still feeling pinched? Check out our favorite frugal tips.
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Tell us: How do you experiment in the kitchen and still stick to a budget?
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