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

Thanksgiving Budgeting (& Cooking) Tips from a Restaurant Pro

Cooking a big meal for a big group on Thanksgiving—or anytime–is an exercise in organization, planning, budgeting, and execution. From making sure you have the right ingredients, cookware, and enough...

Any Quick Recipes Anyone?

by sarah_b98 1 year 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 6 months 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 8 months 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 10 months 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 6 months 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 7 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 8 months 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 9 months 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 12 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 10 months 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 5 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 11 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...

Where to buy inexpensive whole vanilla beans?

by Pamela 11 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...

Paris in September - Please comment on my choices

by rrems 1 year 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 1 year 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 7 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...

Quiet, good food & drink, close to Bart, not too pricey

by luvwine4 1 year ago

Need to find a location in SF for friend's planning get-together. We don't have a lot of money but we love good food/drinks and need to hear each other speak. Any suggestions?

Recommend restaurant capable of accommodating party of 18 out of towners for dinner in July Downtown

by milhuas3 1 year ago

Looking for a good recommendation for a large group (during Summerlicious - ugh) in the Downtown core. Budget is about $50 a head without drinks. All of my faves for experiencing Toronto cuisine wo...

Best Restaurant <$50 per Head

by socialcapitalist 1 year ago

Hi There, I'm travelling to Paris with a group of 6 in July and was looking for a great restaurant where the all-in cost for food (not sure how much people will drink) <$50 EUROS per head for di...