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.”
I 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!!!
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.
I love everything about this app! The only thing it’s missing is the nutrition facts for each recipe. 😔
This app is great! It would be nice to import ingredients into my grocery app. But really addicting
I 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
I 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!
On the website you can make serving size go up to 20 servings but on the app you can only go to 16. The only reason I paid $3 for the app is to get 20 serving recipes! Pretty lame
I love budget bytes so much, it is almost always up in my browser so having an app is perfect! Thank you for the great recipes & practical tips. :)
I downloaded this app right before my phone broke and I paid $3 for it. I just bought it again because I love the website so much and I may be crazy but it is not the same! Why are there coins and why do I need ten of them to view a recipe?? I am not very happy with the content on it, save your money and just go to the website.
The not-bad first, the recipes are good and inexpensive. However, the app itself is a bit convoluted. The step by step recipe format is clunky and the search function doesn’t show the recipe you’re looking for, just the folders it might be in. Not exactly a UI worth writing home about, but I can live with these. Now the big criticism. It’s a $3.00 app that still has in-app purchase. Either one on its own is fine, but both is a bit over the top. I get it that there is a team working (and working hard, no doubt) to make this app work. It just seems like it’s missing the target demographic by a country mile. This app is meant to help people on a strict budget discover and plan meals to feed themselves and their families. This is not a game. We as a demographic tend to be busy either working to make ends meet or a student scraping by on dollars and luck. We do not have time to twiddle away on this app making comments and posting pictures to earn coins to see the recipes. That pushes us to the option to buy credits. I will not spend money on credits when those dollars can go towards feeding my family. Again, I like the app fine. I like the recipes and the money it saves me. But I can’t justify spending money (on top of the $3 I already paid) when all of that money can go towards the meals I am trying to budget. Not to harp on too long on this, but for example. Say you buy a car. You can look at it, you can get in it. It’s at your house and you have the title to it. Except you only get 5 hours a week to drive it before then engine automatically shuts off. You can get more time if you post a picture with your car, get your friend to buy the same model, or wash the car. Or you can just make weekly payments on a car (that you already bought, remember) in order to drive it at your leisure. I know the dev team has to earn money somewhere, but there are plenty of apps that work on either the micro transaction model, the advertising model, or the app-purchasing mode. This app would do well to learn from one of those.