When you buy prepared or packaged foods, you are paying for the preparation as well as the ingredients in the food. You are also paying for any additives or special packaging to help the food stay fresh on the shelf. Cooking at home is a great way save money because you don’t pay for these extra costs. To get started, look online for recipes or at your library for cookbooks. Yard sales are also a good place to find cookbooks as well as cookware. Friends are often a great resource for recipes, too. If you taste something that you like at a friend’s place, ask about the recipe. What seasonings did they use? Was it easy to make? Where did they find the recipe? Copy the recipe so you can go home and try it out. You may discover a hidden chef inside yourself!