Budget Meals are not only wallet friendly but they can be delicious too. Learn how to shop on a budget, substitute expensive ingredients for cheaper ones and everything in between to keep the green in your hand.

You Paid How Much for Cat Poop Coffee?: The Gourmet Prices and Facts Quiz

Gourmet cuisine includes some of the world's rarest, most expensive, and just plain weird foods. While many people are content to shell out big bucks for caviar and foie gras, others prefer to excite the palate without taking out a second mortgage to pay for groceries. The frugal gourmet relies on innovation to create exciting and memorable meals without the high cost of traditional high-end ingredients. Think you know all there is to know about creating five-star cuisine on a shoestring budget? Take our Frugal Gourmet Recipe quiz to find out!

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  • 10 Alternatives to Expensive Ingredients

    10 Alternatives to Expensive Ingredients

    Some recipes are easy to improvise, while others require an exact set of ingredients to turn out. But sometimes you don't have the funds to include that one ridiculously overpriced additive. Don't worry; we have the alternatives you're looking for. See more »

  • 10 Budget Busters on Everyday Restaurant Menus

    10 Budget Busters on Everyday Restaurant Menus

    Quick, which is the best deal on the menu: the roast chicken, the Caesar salad or the filet mignon? The answer might surprise you. See more »

  • 10 Delicious Uses for Canned Beans

    10 Delicious Uses for Canned Beans

    If you think beans are just a side dish, you don't know beans! Try some of these ideas for incorporating nutritious, quick-fixing canned beans into everything from party dips to desserts. See more »

  • 10 Frugal Cooking Tips

    10 Frugal Cooking Tips

    To make the most of your food budget, you have to be a strategic shopper and a careful cook. Here are 10 steps you can take, both in the supermarket and in your kitchen, that are guaranteed to whittle down your grocery bills. See more »

  • 10 Frugal Pantry Staples

    10 Frugal Pantry Staples

    Every pantry needs a stock of staple ingredients on hand for dinner, and these 10 won't hurt your purse strings too much. See more »

  • 10 Frugal School Lunch Ideas

    10 Frugal School Lunch Ideas

    Has your kid uttered the immortal words, "Not baloney sandwiches again"? Well, what's a mom on a budget to do? Try one of these new school lunch ideas, of course! See more »

  • 10 Great Casseroles on a Budget

    10 Great Casseroles on a Budget

    Casseroles serve crowds, cook inexpensively and clean up in a jiffy. But can you make budget casseroles without sacrificing flavor? See more »

  • 10 Healthy Family Meals on a Budget

    10 Healthy Family Meals on a Budget

    Sure, you can take advantage of the "four cans for a dollar" special. But do you really want your family eating sodium-rich, canned food with preservatives every night? How can you make some healthy, cheap meals? See more »

  • 10 Healthy Frozen Meals

    10 Healthy Frozen Meals

    Quick meal options are a necessity for today's busy lifestyles and frozen meals are a great way to grab a quick bite. But just because they're fast, doesn't mean they have to be unhealthy. See more »

  • 10 Low-budget Uses for Corn

    10 Low-budget Uses for Corn

    Whether you serve it on the cob or as part of a larger dish, corn is both cheap and delicious. It's no wonder that the tasty vegetable is so popular with budget-minded eaters who don't want to sacrifice flavor for cost! See more »

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