Budget Bytes

Budget Bytes [Food & Drink] App Description & Overview

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.”

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- Gorgeous app with great features

Wow! 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.

- Is so dysfunctional it doesn’t work, what a rip off

First off, I love budget bytes online. The blog is great: it has price breakdowns of each ingredient if you use the exact amount, it’s easy to search, and it’s free. The app is $3 to even see the app, and then you have to pay more to see 80% of the recipes you can see online for free. The layout is terrible, the search bar is unusable and you can’t get out of it once you tap on it unless you search something and luck out with the home bar coming back, and overall while I bought this on an iPad and it says it’s compatible for the iPad...it’s not at all. I couldn’t even type anything in the search bar or this review when trying to review in app because it won’t allow my Bluetooth keyboard to type AND for whatever reason blocks the iPad on screen keyboard (wether or not my physical keyboard is disconnected). It won’t rotate in landscape view so also weirdly unusable.....and it just point blank doesn’t have a lot of the great recipes and features the FREE site does. The recipes don’t show the cost per ingredient use and take an extra input step (that’s broken) to even see the cost per serving, and the whole app reads more like the cooking channel or some standard food app than budget bytes and all the things that are wonderful about the site. I’m not an old person who’d demand a refund typically but I feel scammed and genuinely feel like I need to ask for my money back. What a rip off!

- Credit system is clunky

I want to start off this review by saying that I LOVE the blog and I also understand that content creators need to get paid. BUT I purchased the app before the in app purchase/credit feature was added and I feel like I paid for a product thinking I was getting access to one thing and am now being asked to purchase more to get access to what I want. I would be less upset about this if it had been clear when I was purchasing the app that this was going to be the case, but it feels like a bait and switch to me. I do appreciate that you can earn free credits, but the avg recipe is 10 credits, so those free credits don’t really go that far. I would have been happy to pay far more for the app upfront (or a yearly or monthly subscription fee) with the guarantee I was getting access to everything as opposed to this new credit system, which is confusing, hard to use and doesn’t always work properly. Prior to this change, I enthusiastically recommended this app, but the new credits system is not an improvement. If the app developers are reading this, I would highly encourage you to consider a new pricing system - either charge more for the app up front or a monthly or yearly subscription fee. A monthly or yearly subscription fee would help cover some of the cost of new content and continued development of the app, but also allow you to abandon the very clunky credit system.

- Great Recipe App, Easy to Unlock Recipes

I 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!

- This is awful

So I pay $2.99 for a completely dysfunctional app. Not only do I have to “sign-up” for an app I already paid for, I can’t access recipes without using “credits” to unlock them. How do you get credits you ask? You HAVE to interact with the app on a daily basis, leave reviews, etc. Then you can “unlock” the recipes you seemingly already paid to have. Ridiculous. Are here people trying to emulate EA games? I can tell you it won’t go well. Not to mention the login function didn’t work when I attempted to log in several times. When it finally did work, the app FROZE MY ENTIRE PHONE. I had to depress my power off button and even that wouldn’t work. Suddenly it would come out of the freeze and things would be wonky. Deleted the app and will be asking for a refund from iTunes as this is such a disingenuous way to do business with customers. At least make the app free with all the hoops you make your paid users jump through. I hope this app fails miserably in its current state.

- 5 stars: don’t let the low score fool you

This 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.

- 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.

- Eager for more content, and more attention to detail

I 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.

- Like it except for one thing

I 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.

- 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.

- Great for the Young Millennial

I 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.

- Love Budgeting

I’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.

- Great app with a few tweaks needed

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!

- Really want to love this more

I love the Budget Bytes blog and love the recipes. I just wish I could love the app more. I’m even okay with the credit system for new recipes. My problem is when I take the time to scroll through all the recipes and create cookbooks, I can never seem to load more than the first 15 or so recipes in a cookbook I created. Every time I pull down for more it just takes me to the top of the same recipes and never loads the rest that I have saved in that cookbook. It’s a shame because I love this app, but I am tired of constantly recreating cookbooks or searching for recipes that don’t load in the cookbooks I have saved them in.

- Stick to the blog, don’t waste your money

The 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!

- Useful App

I 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!

- This app is great, with just a couple of bugs

I 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.

- Disappointed

I 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.

- Pay to pay more?

First off, I really enjoyed having the recipes in a better format than the blog, but the last update is terrible for loyal readers. We already paid for the app, but now we have to "earn" (pay for) more recipes. I thought it was only going to be pay upfront and get the recipes. That's an ok deal. If it was initially free and I had to pay for recipes that's not terrible either, but paying both ways? No way. Horrible way to make money. There was no mention of having to pay for additional recipes anywhere in the promo materials, either.

- Nice app

I 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.

- Love this app

Love 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.

- Used to love it...

Was a great site, loved it so much I PAID for the app only to be told I now have to earn (forget your 300 credit token gift for a terrible business model change to try and appease angry loyal PAID customers)credits to access new content. Uninstalling and won’t be back, whoever came up with this idea should flat out be fired. As for the developer’s response anyone who changes a paid for app to a pay for content model after the original purpose and doesn’t see the folly in that is undeserving of my money. Should’ve offered refunds to those who purchased prior to this ridiculous change.

- Disappointment

Upsetting because this had the potential to be a great app. The website is super helpful and when I heard that there was an app, I was excited-only to be disappointed by first having to pay $3, then be prompted to "earn" credits to access the recipes, and the search button doesn't even work. I was searching for some meal prep options and nothing showed up. I'm not sure why the developers are trying to pull a scam when it's got the potential to be great on its own. 10/10 would advise against downloading. Better to just use the desktop site and hope for the best.

- Broken search and irritating credits

I love the website, but the app is a worse experience, not better. I can’t search for and find recipes I’ve already found online to save them to my cookbook. I have to pay to access recipes I have access to for free on the website. The credits system just makes me want to never use this app. A flat price up front? Fine. A subscription? Fine? Your users’ first experience with this app is paying for it, then being asked to pay more to cook any of these ‘budget’ recipes. I wish I could like the app associated with such a good website.

- Disrespects fans of the blog

As an app developer, it is a deeply negative experience to have found out that I need to pay for additional recipes after already paying $3. The app developers and the author were not honest and did not do enough user testing with the audience of the blog and have only alienated their core audience. The only way to rectify this is to make it free and ad supported, and have the option of purchasing a premium version with all extra recipes included. You are getting valuable feedback here - don't be arrogant and not listen to your fans here, or else your brand is gonna be sullied.

- Great App, But Hate Micro Transactions

This app is beautiful and a great way to see all of the wonderful recipes that are offered. I happily paid the $3 for the app (and bought the cookbook). However, this whole business of micro transactions makes me feel incredibly frustrated. It's demoralizing to feel like you are being squeezed for all of the money they can get out of you, particularly for recipes that are already free on the website. I enjoyed the app, but will not be using it anymore. I will stick to using the website.

- 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.

- Wish I didn’t purchase

This app costs three dollars. Then you don’t even get access to all of the recipes on the app. You have to use credits to access recipes. You can earn credits by reviewing recipes and posting pictures. Or you can buy them. I don’t know if this is how recipe apps work these days, but I would’ve never bought this app had I known that I’d have to use credits to look at recipes. Total bait and switch. Lots of people are unhappy about this. You are much better off using the free site. Don’t be an idiot like me and waste three dollars. I WILL BE DELETING ISTANTANEOUSLY!!!!

- 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!!

- No-brainer, my favorite recipes

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!!!

- Love this app and all the recipes it has available

The 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.

- Really should tell people

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

- Review

Love 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)

- 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.

- I hate that I have to sign up

I don't want junk mail, don't make me sign up for an app I already paid for. I like the recipes--nice photos and clear instructions, but now I can't save any. Also, the cost is fairly dishonest. Sometimes it says I need a small amount of something but I have to buy the entire package of it, which easily increases the cost per recipe by many dollars. Something to keep in mind if you think you're saving money.

- Love this app

I 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!

- Bait and switch

I bought this app when it was first released, because I’d been using the website for years. I understand a lot of work has gone into it, but I feel like consumers should have been told upfront that we’d have to pay for more features. I would have paid more money upfront rather than open an app everyday or buy credits. Honestly, I think it’s shady. Be upfront about your business model.

- 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.

- Nice app. Crappy business model.

I bought the app because I’m such a big fan of Budget Bytes and Beth’s recipes. I was happy to pay up front, thinking I’d basically get a reformatted version of her website. But that doesn’t appear to be the case. Had no idea I’d be expected to basically pay to get access to certain recipes. It’s a nice looking app, but I’m not a fan of in app purchases for recipes, in a recipe app that I paid up front for.

- Some issues

So the token system is lame, but I look at the web page A LOT and get whatever recipes that aren’t on this app from there, no big whoop. The real thing that makes me give this one star is there is effectively no ‘back’ button. The ‘x’ or the ‘<‘ symbols in the upper left must be there for decoration because they sure as heck don’t work. Wanna add a recipe to your cookbook? Well now the app lives in the cookbook cuz there’s no going back to the actual recipe. For a paid app this is unacceptable.2

- ❤️ 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!

- Frustrating

I find it really frustrating to find a great recipe on the blog and not be able to find it because it isn’t available on the app. I purchased this first thing because of the great blog but am really disappointed they have since added recipes that need to be paid for. Even with free credits. That was added after I purchased the app. I’ll stick with the blog on my desktop.

- Disappointed.

I love this website and I was super excited to buy the app. I’m disappointed that now you have to earn credits to unlock bonus recipes. I already paid for the app, I shouldn’t have to pay additional money to get access to recipes! I’m really disappointed B.B. decided to take advantage of their subscribers and try to milk them for their money. Not very budget friendly after all.

- 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.

- Missing Recipes

I 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.

- Great recipes but....

I truly love the recipes but I just deleted the app after the update, because I'm not interested in learning how to "earn" access to more content. I would rather have paid more for the app up front.

- Great recipes, weird app

I paid for the app and for the recipes. Why do I have to earn additional credits to access all of the recipes? I thought that was the point of buying the app. Am I using it wrong? Beth’s recipes are the best, but I am not buying the app to hang out on it and play a game. This is a reference for me. I’d pay more to make that nonsense go away and just get access to all of the recipes from the start.

- Please fix search to include “bought” recipes

I like the recipes and the app in general. Having to “buy” additional premium recipes is a little annoying bu really does not cost any real money. What is really annoying is that recipes that you buy do not show up in the search. It that was fixed I would rate it 5 stars.

- Helpful for college student new to cooking

Very 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!

- Great, easy cooking app

I 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.

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- Okay but not great

This app has so many good features but the website has way more recipes than the app does. It’s annoying when I find a recipe I like but I cannot save it to the app!

- Don’t like the marketplace

I bought this app because I like the recipes shared on budget bytes Facebook page. I didn’t feel there was many selection of recipes to begin with but I thought I’d get new recipes with updates. It is very disappointing to know that after the upgrade, I have to buy recipes to add new recipes. If I had known, I wouldn’t have bought this app even though we can get credits for “free” by visiting the marketplace from time to time (no thank you).

- Awesome recipes

Really good food and they’re actually cheap. Bit annoying that each recipe needs to be bought after paying for the app.

- Not a good range of recipes

I bought the app so I could neatly organise the recipes I liked off the website, but none of the ones I wanted were available on the app. Pretty disappointing.

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- Easy, tasty food

Recipes 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.

- Ok but website is better, even on mobile

Ok for some local caching, but I would prefer the look and feel of the website relative to the app, even on mobile. App is sometimes slow and buggy but performance on website is clean & slick.

- Would give 0 if I could

Paid $3.99 for this and it will not even let me sign up. Tried via Facebook and email and it just doesn’t let me go any further

- Eliminating the food blahs without blowing the budget

I 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.

- A stale and forgotten app that I spent money on

I love Budget bytes and follow the website, bought the book, and even spent money on credits on this app. Here we are more than a year with no update. I have purchased all the recipes I want but still have credit I paid for to use. I expected new recipes to spend my credits on at least a couple times a year. If I had known it would not be updated with new content I would not have spent the money on credits. It makes me less likely to ever spend money in anything from budget bytes ever again.

- Handy App - great recipes

Have 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.

- Very Disappointing! Don’t bother

I’m writing as a faithful user of the original online site. But very disappointed with this app version. For one thing, you have to be online to use it, so really, what’s the point? Oh right, so we can be tracked and turned into a revenue stream. But then again, that’s why I paid up front for this app in the first place...to help thank you for all your hard work, and so I’d have the promised “500 recipes” available offline. But we don’t even get that. So what’s the point of this app at all? Sad.

- Needs work

I can’t get the back button to work for the life of me not can I get it to view horizontally on my iPad. There are some great features with timers and videos. You have to buy or earn credits for addition recipe bundles which I wish I knew before I bought it. That kind of bugs me.

- Great family meals

These 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.

- 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.

- 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.

- You have to buy the recipes?

I bought the app looking forward to using the recipes as I do follow the blog. I just went to use the app, but it seems to actually get the recipe I have to pay for each individual recipe. Very disappointing.

- Beautifully designed app for cooking

The content was already great. Having an app that was actually designed to be used in the kitchen is so nice.

- Not all recipes included

The 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.

- Loads of delicious recipes

I 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.

- almost there

This app is almost perfect but doesn't support landscape mode, making it really cumbersome to use with an iPad

- 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.

- Can't access recipes

Love 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.

- Great app

Beth 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.

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- Great flow to the app

The app has a great flow with unique cooking functions allowing you to set timers for each step along with videos that integrate correct cooking techniques! As a college student I love knowing how much roughly the meal will cost before I decide to actually go to gather ingredients.

- Favorite of all time!

Budget Bytes is my favorite blog ever, and it’s so nice to have it in a pretty and convenient package like the app! This blog is the reason I can cook at all (and now love to!). I’m no longer pinching pennies like I used to but this remains a favorite because I will always love a practical and DELICIOUS recipe!

- Ap is badly designed

Budget bytes the site is fantastic, but this Ap is badly designed. I had to click the heart four or five times before it would keep the like on the recipe. Touching the share icon sends a link to the AP not the RECIPE I had been intending to share. There’s no easy way to comment on a recipe other than to scroll forever through all the instructions. Very disappointed.

- LOVE!!

I was looking for a way to make slashes to my grocery budget and this app has helped tremendously. My husband and my 7 year old have loved the recipes and I’ve loved cooking new things with new ingredients I’ve never used before (lentils, cabbage).

- Amazing recipes for all budgets!

Wow. I have cooked several of the recipes and they all come out perfect every time, from a novice cook! I use mainly organic ingredients so my cost is higher, but the straightforwardness of the ingredients and instructions is exactly what I needed! Delicious staple flavors!

- Loved it. Now hate it.

The micro transactions are frustrating. It makes me not use the app because why should I have to pay more for something I already purchased. And the comments from the developer saying this "wasn't their intention". Yes it was. You made the choice to add micro transactions to an app that was already paid for. Unacceptable. Also, this is a cooking app. For recipes. It doesn't have to be, nor should it be, "fun". I want to cook, not to play

- Love the search

I don't usually buy apps but i really like this one because of all the features. Search is easy to useand they have fun categories. Lots of recipes. I would love for notes feature. Thanks

- Cheap and Fancy!

Perfect for beginners learning to cook and step by step instructions. The only thing I would add is a shopping list. This is a good way to keep everything fresh and exciting without the price tag! Your food will look like it came out of a four star restaurant.

- Awaiting

This app is fun but lacking alot of recipes i feel from its website so not quite worth the money just yet but im still happy to have it, i cook these recipes all the time with my friend. I am excited and hopeful to see dozens more introduced to this app that makes it more worth it, buy it now buy it later its still great

- Pay more for more recipes

I love Budget Bytes, but wish she didn’t choose this app development company. This is a terrible business model. Nobody wants to pay for an app, then continue to pay to see more content. Should have had a free download, then a *one time* upgrade option that allowed people to see all the recipes. Or just make the app ~$10 from the start. Just hate that this app company is tarnishing the Budget Bytes brand!!!

- Email issues

I’m having problems with my email in the app. I can’t send ingredients for recipes to my email because the app says I don’t have email set up in settings, but there’s nowhere in settings to set up email? I see where I can change the password, but that’s all I can see regarding email.

- Pay to pay?

This app is meant to save you money. You purchase the app for $3 then they ask you immediately to spend more money on credits? That’s a bad customer experience. Please correct this by being more upfront with your customers. Also a shopping list compiler would be a really cool feature to add. Change these aspects and this is a 5 Star app.

- Awesome, but could use a check list feature!

It would be awesome if there was a check list for each recipe for going to the grocery store. Otherwise great app

- Slow cooker yum

I'm a big fan of budget bytes, especially her slow cooker recipes. They're easy and even better in this app format because there's videos that teach me how to improve.

- Poor Design

At first this app was interesting but now it has a terrible tendency to not load elements, making it extremely difficult to do ANYTHING. Add to this the nonsense concept of paying for recipes I can freely search on the website for AND not being able to share cookbooks, I question what the purpose of this. Please address the functionality problems and maybe it’ll be worthwhile

- My favorite food app

I love this app!! Easy instructions for tasty food! I am the type who doesn’t want a ton of ingredients and need to cook a meal in 20-60 minutes. This has been amazing!! Plus creative, affordable meals 😊

- Love her recipes

Been using her site for years. We love making new dishes at her suggestion. Her app makes looking up recipes and the whole general process much easier.

- Search needs work

Overall I love how it looks and operates. My only frustration is the search. It is very limited and doesn’t turn back results that I’m looking for when I know the content is there.

- Very disappointed

I have really loved budget bytes (starting with the blog) for a long time. I very very rarely pay for apps, but did so for convenience and to support Beth. But having to pay for the app and then pay more for features? Come on. If it's going to be an in app purchase design the app needs to be free. A decent app overall, but not worth it since I can't access the recipes without paying.

- The app is really cool, but it’s missing recipes that are on the website.

What is the point in using the app if it doesn’t show all the recipes? I’ve noticed balsamic bruschetta chicken is not in the app, but it’s on the website. I didn’t see any mention of missing information in the description.

- Beth's voice makes it personal

Great having Beth's voice for recipes, it gives it such a personal feel. Love the fast easy affordable go-to recipes at my fingertips too.

- Loving the app BUT What happened?!?

Suddenly after this update, I can’t filter the recipes I see. The vegan button doesn’t work anymore! Please fix this. I don’t want to see the meat and chicken recipes—only vegan. I’m about to give up!

- Paid app that still has in-app currency

I have nothing against apps implementing currency if that financially supports the app. But having to get “credits” to access recipes in a paid app is a joke. I paid for recipes, let me see the recipes without the stupid “tap ads and leave reviews to unlock more!” Waste of time and money.

- Yeah, no.

Originally bought this to support the blog but in NO WAY was this pitched then as something that would require additional - and seemingly endless - purchases to get content updates. People deserve to make $$ but that's not the app they were originally trying to sell to people. Bait and switch a few months after launch is flat out shady and an insult to the original supporters.

- Has in-app currency

Idk I’m bummed out with this app. I just discovered the website and I love it. The app has some great features, but it’s clunky and doesn’t have all the recipes that (can be found for free) on the website. Also there is an in app currency system where you have to buy certain recipes, not what I had in mind when I got the app to save money on food costs 🤷‍♀️

- Fun and Easy!

I love this app! It’s amazing! I’ve never seen one like this. It’s great for me - a seasoned cook/baker - and for my daughter who is new to living on her own - knows how to cook but isn’t super confident. I’m recommending this app to her AND to you!

- Not happy

Plagued by ads from Facebook and others, I purchased the app. The recipes I found online are not available on the app. It’s so disappointing.

- Why charge more??

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.

- Love the Blog...hate the credit system

I purchased the app without even thinking twice or reading reviews because every recipe I have tried I loved. Downside is this credit system, I paid because I wanted recipes on my phone not another social media type outlet that makes me interact just to unlock recipes.

- Very helpful!

Been a fan of the blog for a long time and was super excited to find the app. Had some technical difficulties and they sorted it out quickly. Love that.

- Delicious, approachable recipes

I use this app quite often when I’m at a loss for what to make for dinner! The recipes are compatible with what I usually keep on hand in my pantry.

- Favorite App

I use it almost daily! I love the variety & simplicity of these recipes. Almost everyone single one of them is a winner. The app is easy & reliable.

- I like the website better than the app

Love the site! Love the setup! Don’t love the app! After finding a recipe I liked by browsing categories, I could not find it again, regardless of the ingredient word combos I entered in the search. I entered the same words in the google search engine and found it instantly. I accidentally clicked on a tutorial and found no easy way out of it (couldn’t see an “x” anywhere). In the end, the app is not more efficient for me. It’s just as easy, if not easier, for me to go online, maintain a bb window, and find budget bytes recipes that way.

- Doesn’t work, expensive, less recipes than online

I want my $3 back. This app is horrific. One: you have to click, go back, click, go back, multiple times to get the save recipe options to even show up. THEN the heart doesn’t work. THE APP HASNT BEEN UPDATED IN OVER A YEAR. While their recipes on their website are free it COSTS MONEY to get access to the recipes in this app- as in they literally won’t give you the recipe unless you pay for it. WHEN ITS ALREADY ONLINE FOR FREE. When searching for recipes on the app you’ll get about 10ish (usually less) results so WHY PAY FOR THE APP. This app is a scam for money, never updated with fixes, and unethical.

- My Favorite App

I use this app daily. I love the credit system and that you are encouraged to be interactive with the recipes. Keep up the great work!

- Disappointing.

This app had great potential but now you have to pay for credits. Very disappointed after paying for the app to begin with when it only had like 20 recipes. They promised to load more but now have to pay additional money. Yes you can get free credits but you shouldn’t be forced to click on things. 👎🏻 I’d rate 0 stars.

- Very functional

I like the app, but I wish there was a way to make notes on the recipes I saved. I almost always make notes when I cook, and I would love it if the app allowed me to do that.

- Hooray for an app!

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. :)

- Love this app!

All the recipes I’ve tried are easy and delicious. The ingredients are simple and everything is very do-able - no exotic ingredients or complicated techniques.

- Love this App!

I have been a huge Fan of Budget Bytes for a couple of years, so Happy that there is a app for it! Please keep up the BEST work!! The recipes are great and I love there is a pic for each step!!!

- Bad idea!

I agree with the previous reviewer about the new update. I bought the app with the understanding that new recipes were to be added. There was no mention of having to buy the new recipes. I have previously recommended this app but I will no longer do so. That information should have been disclosed prior to my purchase of the app.

- Needs work

There is a lot on the website that is not available through the app for example the meal prep section. Also, please update to make the iPad version able to flip into landscape mode.

- Finally! Budget bytes in my hand!

Always love the tasty recipes on budget, putting my laptop next to my stove top is just not ideally!! Finally and hold the recipes in my hand, looooove it!!!!

- Best app for cooking. Hands down

I love this app. It has everything I need and more. It makes cooking really easy and very affordable. Thanks for developing this app!

- Pretty awesome though could use some proofing

Some of the recipes are missing information from the website or the recipe has incorrect quantities. Otherwise it’s awesome.

- A complete ripoff

Just go to the website. The recipes are not stored on your phone. You have to “unlock” additional recipes. Your saved recipe cookbooks require a data connection to access them. This app is a ripoff. Just go to the website and look up recipes.

- Buggy app

App is great when it works. I haven’t been able to scroll beyond the first page of my cookbooks lately, leaving me to have to search for all my recipes. Tried re-installing. Same behavior.

- Buy app then pay for credits to buy recipes

Update is kind of a bummer. I loved this app. Now it feels a little like being nickel and dimed. I get they put a lot of work into this app and they are continuously working on it but I don’t think it warrants the high cost especially when there are so many other options.

- Filtering recipes

I like the app and recipes. The issue I’m having though is when I turn on the filter for low carb recipes the app tells me “sorry, no results”. Any help on this would be appreciated! Thank you!

- Love this app

Love this app and the recipes. You can make most the recipes into vegan or vegetarian if you want. She also has great meatless options.

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Budget Bytes (Version 3.4.8) Install & Download

The applications Budget Bytes was published in the category Food & Drink on 2017-06-14 and was developed by SideChef Group Limited [Developer ID: 1451287824]. This application file size is 97.9 MB. Budget Bytes - Food & Drink app posted on 2020-04-24 current version is 3.4.8 and works well on IOS 10.0 and high versions. Google Play ID: com.SideChef.SideChef-iphoneParter

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