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: Ideas for cooking good meals without breaking the bank.
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Cooking on the cheap requires creativity and resourcefulness. We know it's possible to eat well on a tight budget and stretch simple ingredients into a special meal, but that doesn't mean it's easy. A small budget is challenge enough -- add in an additional obstacle, like being a college student with a less-than-perfectly outfitted kitchen (or no kitchen at all), and creating tasty affordable meals can become even more daunting.
Luckily, our community has some great ideas to help Natalia and the rest of us get the most bang for our buck. Here are some of our favorite ideas so far: