How One Woman Eats for $90 a Week in New York City — Food Budget Diaries

Welcome to Kitchn's Food Budget Diaries series, where we show you how people around the country spend money on what they eat and drink. Each post will follow one person for one week and will chronicle everything that person consumes and how much it costs them.

Name: Rachel
Location: New York, NY
Age: 23
Number of people in household: I live with one roommate, but we don't buy groceries together.
Occupation: Journalist
Salary: $40,000 a year
Weekly food budget: $90 ($60 for groceries; $30 for eating out)


I Shopped at Aldi for the First Time and Here’s How It Went — The Kitchn Goes Grocery Shopping

Aldi has quite a following, as I learned when I asked one simple question on Facebook: "Friends who love Aldi: I'm about to make my first trip there. What's good?" Sixty-something comments later, I was on a mission. I like inexpensive groceries that taste good, and I always bring my own bags (a requirement at Aldi). I made sure I had a quarter (more about that later), and got on the road.

I'm a creature of habit, so it always takes me a while to try something new, especially when it comes to grocery stores. I'm open to change for the better, and willing to experiment, even if it does take me a little longer than early adopters. Would Aldi become my new spot?


The Cost of Chicken: A Ranking of Chicken Cuts from Least to Most Expensive — Ingredient Intelligence

(Image credit: Kimberley Hasselbrink)

Look inside the meat case and you'll find quite a few options when it comes to buying chicken — everything from budget-friendly options like drumsticks and thighs to far pricier options like chicken cutlets.

We wanted to consider the big picture of cuts and cost and present all the information in one place for comparison. Here is a complete ranking of the most popular cuts of chicken, from least to most expensive, plus the best ways to cook each one.


The Best Bourbons for $20 and Under — Spirit Guides

Living in Louisville comes with responsibilities; my 502 area code seems to confer with it bourbon ambassadorship. And while most of us around here just seem to have a good measure of bourbon coursing through our veins, I actually did study to become a Certified Bourbon Steward. However, being a bourbon enthusiast can get expensive, so I've learned how to do it without too much damage to the checking account. I'm always on the lookout for that sweet spot of price and flavor.

Here are eight favorites you'll find on my bar — all for $20 or less. Pro tip: Serve them from a vintage crystal decanter and people will think you're sharing your special stash.


How a Family of 5 Eats for $200 a Week in Baltimore, Maryland — Food Budget Diaries

Welcome to Kitchn's Food Budget Diaries series, where we show you how people around the country spend money on what they eat and drink. Each Diary follows one cook for one week, chronicling what they shop for, what they eat, and how much it costs.

Name: Jocelyn
Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Age: 32
Number of people in family: 5 people. Me; my husband, Tim; two toddlers, Watson (3) and Vivian (1 1/2); and one breastfeeding baby, Freddy (3 months).
Occupation: I'm a linguist; my husband is a mathematician.
Salary: $160,000 a year (combined with husband)
Weekly food budget: $200


The Cut of Chicken That Gives You the Most Meat for Your Money — Grocery Intelligence

When it comes to buying chicken and getting a good deal for your money, the price tag doesn't tell the whole story. Yes, it tells us dollar-per-pound cost, but if you consider price alone you miss one important thing: the bones. While bone-in options can be particularly economical and flavorful, a smaller percentage of the package you paid for is actually edible (stock-making aside).

Do you know which cut of chicken actually gives you the most meat for your money?


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