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Lesson Learned: Food Presentation on a Dime

I don’t have a digital camera; but I am saving my coins to invest in a serious camera to help me take incredible photos of the foods that I cook. In order for me to save my money for that camera, I have to cut costs some where. I cannot skimp on the ingredients that I cook with. Skimping on the ingredients can compromise the quality and the taste of the dish. I don’t want to skimp on my restaurant visits. If I skimp on the restaurants, I may miss out on a wonderful experience.

So I can save my coins for that camera, I choose to save money on the dishes and the backgrounds that I use for plating my presentations. This past weekend, I purchased a salad plate, place mats, and scrapbook paper for under 10 bucks (Yep, $10 USD).

When I am in my favorite stores, I love to rummage the clearance section. I always score big when I eye the clearance shelves. I found a white salad plate with an intricate design on the shelf for $2 at Marshalls.

The counter tops in my kitchen are not the best. To mask the counter tops, I use place mats or scrapbook paper as a background. I found place mats at Target and scrapbook paper at Michaels. Below is a picture of the items I purchased this weekend:

Weekend Finds

Weekend Finds

Target, Michaels, and Marshalls are only a sample of places where you score some awesome finds on the cheap. Check resale shops or even rummage sales. A neighbor was moving out of the United States and had a moving sale. I purchased a complete 4 piece bright yellow and orange dinner set.

Next time you are out shopping, be sure to stroll over to the kitchen section. Check out the clearance section to find amazing deals that won’t put holes in your pockets; but people will think that you did.

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