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Introducing The Budget Bytes App, from cookbook author and winner of Saveur's Best How-To Food Blog in 2016, Beth Moncel. Beth has built a loyal following of millions of fans by delivering delicious recipes designed for small budgets on her blog www.budgetbytes.com. Now, she's put 500 of her most popular recipes into the Budget Bytes App, complete with step-by-step photography and voice guidance from Beth herself. She'll personally walk you through every recipe, right in your kitchen. Cooking on a budget shouldn't mean canned beans and ramen noodles night after night. Welcome to the world of delicious recipes designed for small budgets.

Beth adds, “I’ve partnered with the tech-savvy team at SideChef to bring you an easy to use app packed with more features than I could have imagined. It’s like an interactive and customizable cookbook with my voice coaching you through each recipe! Cool, right??

We’ve pre-loaded the app with the 500 best recipes from years past and also loaded 300 credits into your account to jump start your access to additional new recipes in the marketplace. All new recipes from the blog will be uploaded into the marketplace where you can choose which recipes you want to load into your app. You can continue to earn free credits by simply visiting marketplace once per day, commenting on recipes, or uploading a photo of your creation.

Why am I so excited about this app? Well, let me just list a few of the super cool things it can do…
-Deliver the recipes you love faster and easier without waiting for a website (or annoying ads) to load. Plus, save recipes to personal “cookbooks” to access your favorites even faster.
-Filter recipes by price to get recipes that are the best fit for your budget.
-Adjustable serving sizes let you cook the amount that you want and reduce food waste.
-Access how-to technique videos right in the instructions so you can cook with extra confidence.
-Cook with me, in real time! We wanted to make this app extra personal, so you’ll have my voice giving you step-by-step instructions as you cook.”

Budget Bytes App Comments & Reviews

Budget Bytes Positive Reviews

Gorgeous app with great featuresWow! This app is set up so beautifully, it’s very pleasing to browse and save recipes. I just made my first recipe last night and I was so impressed by the cook along recipe feature! Click start cooking and the app reads the directions step by step for you and even has integrated timers!!! So perfect. I was initially disappointed that the app and the website don’t talk to each other, so I needed to create another profile and all of my favorite recipes were not ported over to the app. Also, the website has a wonderful grocery list function that the app does not have. I was assuming the app would replace my need to go in the website but I will be using both. The website to plan my meals and the app to view the recipe and cook them. I hope the development team could consider adding these features eventually and it would be truly perfect. Either way I love budget bytes and I’m so glad I finally purchased the app! Highly recommend..Version: 3.4.8

Great Recipe App, Easy to Unlock RecipesI really enjoy this app. It is super easy to find what I’m looking for. There are tons of free recipes, and even the ones you need credits for are still cheap. You get started with 300 credits and each recipe costs only 10. You get more credits by using the app daily. My favorite part of the credit system is that you can look at the ingredients list before unlocking the recipe. A longer recipe list or one with lots of ingredients I don’t have will often cause me to choose a different recipe, so I really like that I can see that before using my credits. I love the step-by-step instruction pictures. I really helps clarify anything I have questions about. I wish I had this app a decade ago when I was starting out on my own!.Version: 3.4.2

5 stars: don’t let the low score fool youThis is an amazing app! A digital cookbook of 500 recipes for $3 is a great deal. And, more importantly, the recipes are delicious and help you save money while also LEARNING how to use simple ingredients to ear healthy. I use this app on a daily basis. The star score is lower because folks were upset when a credit based marketplace update was implemented, but all these folks just wanted things for free and didn’t understand the amount of time and education required to create the step-by-step videos w voiceover that come with this package. App developers have modified this credit system, so now there is no reason to pass up buying this cookbook..Version: 3.4.0

Eager for more content, and more attention to detailI like that the app walks you through the recipe and the screen stays on while I’m working. However the ingredient names written in green on top of the image of the food was very hard to read and in the first recipe I tried (apple pie overnight oats) the app version doesn’t divide the ingredients so I accidentally added 4x the oats and spices before getting to the milk and being befuddled as to how on earth I would get 2 cups of milk into a 12 oz mason jar. The website accurately splits the ingredients. So I had to futz around taking a cup of (now spiced) oats out of my jars, and we will see what comes out tomorrow in my SUPER spiced overnight oats! On the whole I love the idea it just needs more content and more polish to justify $3 for what I can get more of, more accurately for free online..Version: 3.4.8

Meal prep budget!Absolutely love this app! I was constantly researching meal prep bloggers, recipes, and ideas. But, then started realizing that meal prepping started to get costly and it shouldn’t be. I meal prep to stay healthy, to avoid eating out, and to stay within my monthly budget. This app made it easy! It allows me to stay organized every month by allowing me to create “cookbooks”. So every month at the beginning of the month I create a new cookbook of recipes specific to that month. The app allows you to select the amount of servings you’d like so you can easily decrease or increase to the amount that you need. Budget Byters that use the app also leave reviews when they make a recipe, so you can see others feedback and ideas of what they used to replace ingredients. For example, I replace butter with ghee and normally always replace sugar with honey. Definitely recommend for something that’s serious about meal prepping and is on a budget..Version: 3.4.5

Like it except for one thingI just asked a question in the comments and discovered that once I typed it in I was unable to edit it at all before hitting send. I couldn’t correct it, delete a word, nothing. No chance to fix a typo. No chance to word the question better. I apparently got to the maximum number of characters so I couldn’t complete the last word. When I tried to delete a word and change it I found I was unable to do anything at all - except being forced to hit send. That is enough to discourage me from ever leaving a comment or asking a question. Very annoying aspect of the otherwise nice app. I have the paid version..Version: 3.4.7

Super Cool but not worth the $$$I love Budget Bytes! I love the many recipe options for all occasions and most are simple and quick to make! However, it is not worth paying $2.99 for an app when you have access to it for free online. You don't have access to all recipes like you do online. You have your earn credits to get more recipes. Don't get me wrong, it is a great app for cooking, but if I'm paying $2.99 for an app, I should have access to all the recipes that are available online for free. I am greatly disappointed..Version: 3.4.5

Great for the Young MillennialI just recently moved halfway across the country after graduating college and joining the military. When I first settled into my apartment, none of my personal affects had arrived. I had a skillet, some tongs, and a spatula. I used this app, with it’s handy instructions and tips, to feed myself on a budget. People wonder where there paycheck goes at the end of the month, and the answer is it’s all spent on food! With this app I was able to get a better handle on my dining expenses, while not sacrificing quality or quantity..Version: 3.4.5

Love BudgetingI’ve been a fan of the BudgetBytes website for about 2 years. I’m so glad there’s an app because I’ve been wanting to filter by recipe cost, even though the app has it broken down by serving cost which is fine. I’m having fun organizing my favorite recipes by total per meal in the app cookbooks based off the serving cost provided. It would be nice to be able to search within your Cookbook or favorite recipes or to even search within those sections by an ingredient..Version: 3.4.5

Great app with a few tweaks neededI have always enjoyed budget bytes recipes online, and I am enjoying the interactivity of the app. Usually I would feel frustrated having certain recipes hated behind in-app currency, but in this case I actually enjoy it because it forces me to work through a few meals at a time without being paralyzed by a whole catalogue of choices. Two things that have been frustrating me are that I can’t seem to delete cookbooks once I’ve created them, which is hurting my desire to keep everything organized. Additionally, when viewing my account, once I go into settings there doesn’t seem to be a “back” button, so the only way to go back to the main account page again is to exit and reopen the app. Looking forward to updates in the future!.Version: 3.4.5

Stick to the blog, don’t waste your moneyThe app only has a fraction of the recipes online, and its search feature and filters are a bit useless. I love supporting what I appreciate via pay walls / apps / patreons, but this was a waste of money. The ‘filter’ let’s you choose between four or five primary ingredients, which isn’t that helpful since ‘Chicken’ is usually in the name and could be searched for. The filter should let you search for things with multiple ingredient criteria, and have many more options accordingly. Your recipes are great btw, I’ll continue reading the blog!.Version: 3.4.7

Useful AppI have a select few apps that I open everyday and this is quickly entering my top 5. BudgetBytes helps me with all things food... whether I’m cooking at the fire station, for my family of 6, or meal prepping for me and my wife, this app me with everything! I love the quick math it does when you change the number of servings! Several features here I’ve never seen before on any other cooking platform! Thanks!.Version: 3.4.7

This app is great, with just a couple of bugsI love the diversity of recipes. I couldn’t find one recipe within the app that I found on the website. The other bug is that when I click the heart icon for a recipe it doesn’t register it unless I go back to the list and re-select the specific item and click the plus, back out of that, then the heart icon shows it’s selected..Version: 3.4.5

Pretty great appThis app is pretty great. Well worth the small price tag for it. I haven’t made anything yet that I have yet to not like. I take off 1 star because the way the app stores your favorites recipes is bogus. When you go in to a list to look at them, they are always in a different order and you have to refresh the list and then more appear at the top part you’ve already scrolled through. Dumb design. Please fix this and I won’t have any complaints..Version: 3.4.8

DisappointedI got the app thinking I would have access to and could save any recipe only to realize they want me to purchase a bunch of the recipes. Most apps that charge up front give most or all of the app content for free once the app is purchased. Considering you can get most of these recipes, if not all on either Pinterest or Facebook for free I feel ripped off. I felt I was paying for the convenience of all the recipes in one place and easily accessed since they are free other places, just not as organized..Version: 3.4.5

Nice appI have been a fan of Budget Bytes for a while so I thought I'd try the app. I like it so far--I like having the recipes handy at the store and in the kitchen without excessive googling or having to write things down. I just signed up so I can't speak to the login issues of others. Overall it's been so convenient for me that it's worth the price tag..Version: 3.2.2

Love this appLove the app, mostly because I love the blog and the recipes. I’ve used these recipes to save money and get creative with our dinners for almost 2 years now, and just started with the app a few weeks ago. Only critique for the app is that when you pin a recipe to Pinterest (that’s where I keep all my recipes from this and other places) the link doesn’t go to the actual recipe, just opens the app to the front page..Version: 3.4.8

Well done!I love the way this app is put together, and I use Budget Bytes recipes aaaalllllll the time. I actually like the way you can earn credits for more content as well. The 500 recipes are welllll worth the 2.99 the app costs, and I applaud Beth and the creators for having ways to earn access to more content rather than just straight up charging..Version: 3.3.0

Total win!I absolutely love this app. There are endless recipes that are not only delicious and unique but incredibly budget friendly! I love the feature that allows you to change your serving size and adjusts the recipe accordingly. I love the cookbook tool, the cook alongs are amazing, I love the way the recipes are arranged. Seriously worth what you pay for! Thank you!!.Version: 3.4.5

No-brainer, my favorite recipesI was in college when I discovered Beth and her recipes on Budget bytes and they helped me eat healthy on a budget. Even though I’m not in college now why would I go anywhere else when I can eat incredibly flavorful food for what Beth says I should spend. She is so creative and I am so excited for her success! Thanks Beth!!!.Version: 3.4.5

Love this app and all the recipes it has availableThe credits system was implemented incredibly so it doesn’t feel as if you’re ever forced to purchase them. However, you can if you’d like to support the incredible team behind this which I have..Version: 3.4.5

Really should tell peopleI will probably like this once I can actually see the recipes. I paid for the app, not really expecting the world, but this might not be worth $3. I bought it and saw a recipe I thought I might enjoy. Tapped it and I cannot view it because I have to buy it with credits. And, of course, the easiest way to get credits is to buy them. Sigh... not so much budget minded anymore... hmpf.Version: 3.4.5

ReviewLove the site. Love the app. The only thing I recommend is a way to cancel the "start cooking" mode so you don't have to force close the app each time. Most of the premium recipes cost 10 credits. They give you a bunch when you purchase the app. You also get 10 credits for uploading a photo of each recipe you make.... So you really can use the app and not pay more. P.S. Feature Request... Would be nice to have a place to store your upcoming weekly "to cook" recipes, where it could print out a consolidated ingredient checklist (rather than having to add up each recipe manually to see how many cans are needed for 3 different recipes).Version: 3.4.5

Great app!Great recipes that tell you the exact amount your spending per portion. It also has a few different diet options, but honestly all of the recipes seem to be a little calorie conscious, oh and the food tastes great! Thank gosh I finally found something that will save me money..Version: 3.4.5

Love this appI didn’t even mind paying extra for premium recipes! I’ve used it tons and have been planning meals with it exclusively for weeks. The only thing I wish is that is had a grocery list builder! I also use Mealime and I love their grocery lists!.Version: 3.4.0

Why?I don’t understand why I paid for the app but now have to get credits to unlock recipes. I love the BB website and thought this would be an easier way to look at recipes as I’m making them, but apparently I’m limited in what I can see, so really I do still have to go through the website. Frustrating..Version: 3.4.5

Budget Friendly, Healthy, Delicious!I love that the app gives you the price per serving of each dish! I’ve found many new and delicious recipes that are not only affordable, they’re easy to make. Most of them are also really healthy..Version: 3.4.5

Nutritional Info?I was happy to pay for this app as I’ve used the website for free for a while. What I don’t understand is where is the nutritional info? This is super important to me as I track my meals. It looks like some of the recipes have the nutritional info on the website and not the APP? I don’t really want to purchase more recipes if they don’t have nutritional info :(.Version: 3.4.8

❤️ Budget Bytes!I love all of Beth’s outlets - I started reading her blog almost 10 years ago and also have her cookbook. I love the app, too! The functionality continues to improve as more recipes are added. I love all the recipes and the step by step instructions!.Version: 3.4.5

Missing RecipesI really like the app except sometimes I can’t find recipes on it that I find on the site or view on Instagram. For example, I recently did a search for slow simmered black eyed peas and greens and got nothing. If that problem could be fixed, the app would get five stars..Version: 3.4.5

Helpful for college student new to cookingVery good cookbook! It has detailed recipes and a price breakdown for all ingredients which is really helpful for college students on a budget like myself. A wonderful resource and I find myself mostly making recipes from this app. Thanks, Beth!.Version: 3.4.0

Great, easy cooking appI like these recipes a lot and the setup of the app is great. I love that you don’t have to scroll back and forth between the ingredients and the directions. I also like that I can create cookbooks, which I do for weekly meal planning..Version: 3.4.5

Easy, tasty foodRecipes are easy to follow and consistently deliver great taste on the first try and better taste with small adjustments thereafter. I went from almost no cooling ability and now cook lunches and dinners using this app and the “how to cook everything” book. When I host friends for dinner I often get asked for the recipes. Only annoyance is that there are no metric cooking measurements..Version: 3.4.5

Eliminating the food blahs without blowing the budgetI am out o my food rut thank to BudgetBytes, eating healthier (and losing weight), and my food spending is half what it once was. Love the app too..Version: 3.4.5

Handy App - great recipesHave used this app a few times for recipes for busy weeknights, love the step by step (I don’t need this as much but it’s great for my boyfriend who is more intimidated by cooking) there was an error in one recipe where it omitted a quantity while you were in the step by step and it was impossible to go back and retrieve it, but otherwise I’ve been really impressed and happy with this app..Version: 3.4.2

Great family mealsThese recipes are the ones I keep coming back to week after week as a working mom. Fits my budget and most of the one pot dishes feed two adults and a toddler for two meals. Lots of flavour and variety without trying too hard or becoming pretentious like so many other recipe cites. Easy instructions and easy to make recipe books for saving the ones you like..Version: 3.4.2

Great Recipes!I’ve been a fan of budget bytes for a long time, recipes are so tasty and very easy to follow! I would say the app is worth every penny except for the fact you now have to pay for “credits” to unlock certain recipes. I don’t like having to pay for an app and then also pay for things within the app. There are ways to earn free credits, and most of the popular (and my favourites) recipes are part of the free ones included in the original purchase of the app. You can find all of her recipes for free on her website, but the app is worth the money if you are looking for a step by step walk through and an ad free browsing experience..Version: 3.4.2

Great App!I follow Beth’s blog and bought the app as soon as she announced it. It’s one of the better cooking apps out there. Haven’t encountered any bugs, even from the get go, and she consistently updates with more recipes..Version: 3.3.0

Beautifully designed app for cookingThe content was already great. Having an app that was actually designed to be used in the kitchen is so nice..Version: 3.0

Not all recipes includedThe design of the app is very good, but my favourite recipes from the blog aren't here! It's a bummer, because I only found that out after paying for the app..Version: 3.2.0

Loads of delicious recipesI love having all these amazing recipes at my fingertips. My only request is to be able to make my own notes to the recipes so I remember what worked and didn't work in the future..Version: 3.2.0

Almost thereThis app is almost perfect but doesn't support landscape mode, making it really cumbersome to use with an iPad.Version: 3.2.0

Great recipe/cooking app!I've been following this lovely ladies blog since I started university several years ago and now into cooking for two. These recipes are great for people on a budget or for people who aren't fond of cooking or aren't skilled cooks. She gives you easy to follow step by step instructions that keep you on track so your meal comes out great every time! My boyfriend has already picked all his favourites from the app for us to make! Totally worth a few bucks for easy access to some great recipes and a cooking coach. Hopefully she will add even more if this app does well..Version: 3.0

Can't access recipesLove the website but the Facebook login won't work, email signup doesn't work, like it's not connecting to the server or something, and it won't let me skip signing up. It just goes back to the login screen. So I can't actually use the app..Version: 3.0

Great appBeth is an amazing chef! I have her cookbook and follow her blog closely. Her recipes are delicious and kid approved! You will not regret the investment. I look forward to making something delicious tonight. App is easy to use and tutorial is great..Version: 3.0

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