Do You Choose Cheaper Ingredients to Cook with as Everything is Expensive?

Hong Kong
July 23, 2008 7:43am CST
For those who regularly cook, do you tend to choose things that are less expensive to cook these days as everything seems to be getting more and more expensive (my mom complains that a lot)!
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9 responses
@Vladilyich1 (1453)
• Canada
23 Jul 08
No! The quality of the meal is dependent on the quality of the ingredients. I just make smaller portions.
• Canada
23 Jul 08
Wow!!! Is THAT how you do it? I'm urprised because I've seen you stretch a dollar pretty far. I think that haing our own herb garden in the apartment really really uts back on the costs. The stuff you cook really does taste like a million bucks.
• United States
26 Jul 08
I am now choosing cheaper ingredients to cook with due to the price of food going up more and more.
@smilyn (2964)
• United States
25 Jul 08
I always buy the best product. I always check and compare the product between the brands. I then buy the best one. I don't mid about the cost. But when it comes that all are of same quality and there is nothing to change in quality with brands, then I go for the cheaper one. Some products like All purpose flour, wheat flour,milk - all these would be of a standard quality and does not change with brands. So I buy the cheaper one. But with products like noodles, cookies, other household products,edible products etc I always choose the best ones.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
24 Jul 08
yes, we are definitely choosing cheaper ingredients. Luckily, some things have grown so we can have raspberries. Otherwise, the raspberries we paid $1 for as a kid are $4 now. I like to eat lots of berries, so it's a good thing that they grow on my property.
@gr8life (6253)
• Malaysia
24 Jul 08
Hello wondericequeen, If I can find, I will buy a cheaper one but sometimes, it depends on the quality. For example, before the price hike, I bought 30's Gred A eggs for a month use but now, I look for Gred B eggs which are smaller than Gred A. Some stuff are cheaper but not really good in quality and for that, I will stick to my favorite brand.
@brimia (6584)
• United States
23 Jul 08
I always cook frugally :) I buy a lot of oatmeal, pasta, dry beans and rice...always cheap. I also buy as much food as I can on sale. I stock up on bagged frozen veggies when they're $1 and use them for stews, soups, stir fry, casseroles... I don't buy any "convenience" foods. It's more time consuming cooking from scratch but healthier and cheaper.
@PearlGrace (3172)
• United States
23 Jul 08
Sometimes, I find myself buying the store brand of canned tomatoes if I need them to make tacos or something like that. I do comparison shop for cheeses and meats and try to buy what's on sale. My husband doesn't eat many fresh vegetables so regardless of how much they cost (the ones he will eat), I buy them. I took my mom to the store this morning and I continue to be shocked at the high prices of some items. She bought a very small package of frozen strawberries and they were $2.49. There could not have been more than 2 servings in it.
@lyzabelle (1668)
• Philippines
23 Jul 08
In our house we don't buy much expensive foods. We stick to cheaper but very nutritional foods. Like vegetables, sea foods and fruits. There are many cheap alternatives of foods if you only try to compare things and their value.
• United States
23 Jul 08
Yes i find myself cooking more frugally lately. You can still make healthy meals, but as everyone knows healthier food is way more expensive than non healthy foods. Learning to cook, with a varieties of methods, along with menu planning is the key to frugal cooking.