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Submit Your Food Budget Diary for Kitchn’s New Series — Call for Submissions

Here at Kitchn we believe that having a solid food budget is an essential part of being financially stable. We've written quite a bit about budgeting in the past, including personal essays, tips for saving money on groceries, and ingredients that make budgeting easier. When it comes to setting up your own budget, however, I believe that the best advice comes from personal experience. You can get all the tips you want, but how does it really work day to day? Let us help you figure that out.

Starting next month Kitchn is launching a new series all about food budgeting, but we need your help. We're looking for people who are willing to share their experience with our readers anonymously. Could that be you?

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Here’s What Makes You Happy in the Kitchen — Reader Intelligence Report

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Earlier this week, we asked you what makes you happy in the kitchen. For some of you, it's a tangible item like a sink or a pretty backsplash. Or it's a thing you do (so many of you love to bake) while you're in the space. Or it's a mix of both! The point? The kitchen has this amazing way of putting a smile on all of our faces.

Get inspired (and even happier!) by some of these reader comments.

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What Makes You Happy in the Kitchen? — Reader Intelligence Request

Pictured: Neither me nor my kitchen.
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My kitchen doesn't have new appliances or fancy no-slam cabinet doors. The countertop is some sort of (very) dated Formica. And, for some reason, the gas oven squeaks while it's preheating. Imperfections aside, it's still my favorite room in the house.

It's my happy place. I can go in there and almost always make something out of nothing. I can bake sweet treats for my friends and family in there. I can listen to whatever terrible music I want to in there. I can completely zone out while washing dishes. My time spent in my kitchen is just that — my time. And it's the freaking best.

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Some of Our Favorite Mugshots — Mugshots

Earlier this week, I professed my love for mismatched mugs. I love opening my cabinet to find a bunch of random colors and shapes. Even more, I love that each mug reminds me of a different person, event, or place.

And you guys totally agreed with me! Some of you love mismatched mugs so much, you felt compelled to leave a comment. And some of you even shared pics of your own mugs on Instagram. Take a look.

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What It Means to Be a Good Cook, According to You — Reader Intelligence Report

Last week, we asked you what it means to be a good cook. It's different for everyone. When some people think of a good cook, their minds automatically go to their moms, who could magically make dinner out of nothing. Or that moment when they finally mastered making an omelet (there's an art to it!). Or their friend who really should be on Top Chef.

Here's what you guys had to say.

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Wise Advice for a Happier Monday Morning — Reader Intelligence Report

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Mondays mornings are definitely not my strong point, especially since I've been working from home so much and the barrier between bed and office is basically nil. (I did shower and change out of my pajamas today, but only because I have a video call and I'd like for my hair to be going in the same direction, roughly).

Throw in a holiday weekend and this week was a real challenge. Don't get me wrong, I love holiday weekends, but they make that first morning of the week even harder, it seems to me. Tuesday morning is really a fake Monday morning in disguise, but at the same time, it's also a Tuesday morning — in other words, double trouble.

That's why I asked for your help in turning my Monday mornings around. I asked how you start your week off right and this is your best advice.

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