Budget

16 Budget Breakfast Ideas for a Better Morning — Recipes from The Kitchn

One of the best things about breakfast is that it's super easy to pull off a hearty and healthy meal without breaking the bank. Whether you start at the bulk bins with rice for congee, scramble some eggs for an on-the-go breakfast burrito, or lean on a cheap pantry staple for a savory breakfast parfait, all it takes is a little inspiration to start your day with a totally delicious and budget-friendly breakfast. Here are 16 recipes to get you started.

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Recipe: Avocado Pickles — Recipes from The Kitchn

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Firm, underripe avocados used to be something I avoided at all costs. I was in it for the instant gratification of a soft, creamy avocado that could be instantly split open and spread on toast. That all changed the day I discovered avocado pickles. While I once scoffed at a bin filled to the brim with hard avocados, these are the very ones I now happily load in my basket to bring home because there's something just as delectable to do with them.

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Recipe: Crispy White Beans with Greens and Poached Egg — Recipes from The Kitchn

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You know those humble cans of white beans you have stashed in the pantry? It's time to dig them out and keep them on deck. They are the backbone of this wholesome greens and beans hash. Give yourself 20 minutes (maybe less!) and you'll be tucking into creamy, blistered beans tossed in a tangle of wilted lemony greens. Top it with a runny-yolked poached egg, and prepare to feel like a real dinner superhero.

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Buy This, Not That: IKEA Kitchen Supplies — The Financial Diet

Welcome to a new column from The Financial Diet, one of our very favorite sites, dedicated to money and everything it touches. One of the best ways to take charge of your financial life is through food and cooking. This column from TFD founders Chelsea Fagan and Lauren Ver Hage will help you be better with money, thanks to the kitchen.

I'm a huge fan of IKEA, and not just because I spend the majority of my waking hours talking about budgets. I love the store because I believe that, if you know which products to look for, there is almost no better value for your dollar in terms of versatile, sturdy home goods. It's not just about being affordable — it's about being super-usable pieces for that affordability. And while there are certainly IKEA products that earn their occasional eye-rolls from the home decor community, someone who turns their nose up at the store in general simply doesn't know what to look for.

Shopping at IKEA doesn't automatically mean "buying that same tragic LACK side table everyone had in college" or even "buying anything made of particle board" — period. In fact, for your kitchen space, the store can be the ultimate lifesaver for making things cute and functional without taking a shredder to your wallet (or sacrificing on product quality).

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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)

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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?

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