Watching your wallet? Chowhounds discuss the best cheap eats in your area, plus recommendations and tips for eating and cooking on a budget.

These Cheap & Easy Meals Have 5 Ingredients or Fewer

The only thing we like more than delicious is effortless—and OK, affordable is a major bonus. These easy 5 ingredient recipe ideas prove you don't have to choose when it comes to cheap and easy dinner...

Where to buy inexpensive whole vanilla beans?

by Pamela 12 years ago

Whole vanilla beans are awfully expensive. Trader Joe's didn't have any when I looked today, and the regular grocery stores (Ralphs) sells a single vanilla bean for anywhere between $8.99 to $12.9...

Frugal, Tasty Recipes for Families on Public Assistance

by PesachBenSchlomo 7 years ago

Anyone who has tried to feed a family on the allotment from SNAP (what we used to call Food Stamps) knows how very difficult it is to maintain a healthy diet and cook appealing meals while on a pit...

LA student film in need of cheap catering/ easy food ideas!

by Ditani 5 years ago

Hey guys, I'm directing a student film in Los Angeles and am in major need of heap catering or an alternative and cheap way to provide my actors with food on set. Or maybe even ideas on bulke meals...

Low budget dinner for 20

by lilith 12 years ago

Hi, I am asked to prepare dinner for a group of 20 people, age between mid-30s to late 70s, for $100. At $5 per person, I thought maybe some salad, minestrone, and dinner rolls, but thought I'd...

ISO Budget-Conscious, Meat-Centric Meals for a Crowd

by DuffyH 5 years ago

Hounds, I need your help. For the next 2-3 weeks, my son's family will be moving in with us, which means I'm feeding 8 people. I've been cooking for 2 for the last 20 years, so I'm in a bit of a pi...

Any Quick Recipes Anyone?

by sarah_b98 2 years ago

Hello everyone! I’m a broke college student looking for easy recipes that I can make in between classes while on a budget. As I’m sure you can tell, I’m a novice at cooking. But any advice or recip...

Light Dinner Far West 40's

by 2chesters 1 year ago

Hello everyone. We are 2 people, going to a performance Thursday at 7 on 44 St., 9 - 10 Aves. Where to go for a light dinner before, lightly priced? I know there are many places, but I don't kno...

Moderate Meal Near Met Museum

by 2chesters 1 year ago

This Thursday I will meet my cousin at the Met Museum at 11AM. We will likely leave in mid afternoon. Any ideas for a moderately priced place for a light meal? Thanks in advance.

Can I Make Do on $15/day?

by EvGribenes 1 year ago

Hi Hounds, I just moved to New York recently and based on how things are going with rent, uber, and other expenses I think I can pretty much only afford to spend about $15 a day on food. I know...

Paris backpackers/student alert: 21 € for 3 courses without liquids

John Talbott
by John Talbott 1 year ago

For years I've thought that we needed a thread devoted to "cheap eats, backpacker, student, etc. dining opportunities" that features food better than one can grab off food trucks, kebab spits and p...

bare bones pantry meals

by mizzdee 8 years ago

Years ago...when we first got married..dh and I hit a rough patch of very little money for food.it wasnt pleasant but we got through it.I know many people had kess so i felt luck yo even have what ...

NYT Frugal Traveler - Paris

by grumpyspatient 1 year ago

From today's NYT, it may be behind a paywall. Hopefully its free. We are heading to Paris in the fall so this was of great interest.

NYC dinner with teens

by morganleah 1 year ago

Hi friends! We are taking our first family trip to NYC and soooo looking forward to the food scene. In search of a restaurant for dinner that’s kid (19 & 15) and budget friendly. Thanks in advance!!

Where to buy small (school-size) milk cartons?

by BeaverBob 13 years ago

I'm interested in buying 8oz cartons of milk (you know, like we all had in elementary school) but I can't for the life of me find anywhere where they sell such a thing to your average consumer. I'...

Appliance budget of $15k - what would you buy?

by SwissyMom 1 year ago

First time posting, but I've been sifting through a lot of the appliance advice on here and finding it very helpful. My husband and I are preparing for a kitchen remodel (searching for the perf...

Cooking When You are Poor

by rudeboy 6 years ago

Some of my best work has been done when impoverished by western standards. Back in college, a ten dollar bill could produce miracles. After having a career, and plenty of money to buy whatever the ...

PRIME RIB? Where is cheapest and best? Raw, I mean.

by oakjoan 12 years ago

I've used the search engine to no avail looking for places to buy prime rib for Christmas dinner. I thought I'd seen posts about where good deals are and where the meat is best, but now I cannot f...

Paris in September - Please comment on my choices

by rrems 2 years ago

My husband and I will be in Paris from the 28th to October 3 (Friday to Wednesday). We will have 7 or 8 restaurant meals total. These are my thoughts so far: Massale Grive Alliance Radis B...

Dinner Recommendation in Newburyport, MA

by wendy k 2 years ago

My college room mates and I are meeting in Newburyport, MA for dinner (there will be 6 of us). Any suggestions for interesting food, either seafood, or good ethnic food? It shouldn't be outrageousl...

How much do you spend on groceries each month?

by Croissant 8 years ago

I am SHOCKED by the amount of money we spend at the grocery store and I'm wondering how this amount compares to the rest of you?? On average, our family of four spends $800/month!!! Is this a lo...