Budget Bytes App Reviews

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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 to give to get a sample until you divvy up an email or Facebook

Not in to paying for something and then having a request for my email before content is unlocked. There are better ones that are free and less intrusive on your privacy.

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!!!

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.

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.

Not helpful - just use the blog

Love the website but this app is terrible. Credits and unusable search feature. Try harder!

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.

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!

Could be better

I’ve been using BudgetBytes.com for a while now and saw they put out an app so I figured I’d support them and get some good recipes while I’m at it. You do get a good selection of recipes for $3 so I can’t really complain about that. I don’t even mind the credit options as they’ve put in some pretty decent ways to get credits freely. I have two main complaints. 1. They disabled the ability to copy inside the app. I’m sure this is for copyright reasons but it makes it’s fairly annoying to me. In the past when I found a recipe I liked on the website I would copy it into my recipe book app I have and store it there. This gives me one convenient place to store my favorite recipes for quick reference when I need them, an easy place to email them when I want to share them. Or even print them out if I wanted my daughter to try her hand at cooking without having to hand her my phone or leave the iPad in the kitchen while she cooks. (Much easier to replace a sheet of paper then an iPad if she accidentally spills on it.) 2. It’s very slow sometimes. I’ll be browsing through the recipes and going along just fine and then suddenly “Loading...” exit the page and come back, again, loading. Sometimes it’ll take several minutes to load the recipe I’m wanting while others are still not loading. All around though, it’s a decent app for $3. You couldn’t buy this much of a cookbook at Walmart for $3.


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.

Updated review-Greedy!

I always enjoyed the recipes and was happy to support BudgetBytes. This app leaves much to be desired, especially when my info was deleted after one update, I had to give an email address before I could use the app after another update, and now the rules have changed from when I purchased the app so you have to jump through hoops to get recipes. I was so angry at first that I went into a negative space that is not my personality. Therefore, I have just decided to delete this app from my phone so I don’t have to have the bad feeling.


So I paid for your app, and now I'm told with this latest update that I need to do more signing up... and then I will have to "earn credits" or pay additional money, for other recipes? Not EVER gonna happen--I refuse to pay twice or allow myself to be sucked into micropayments or some pseudo subscription scheme. I bought this to help feed my family. I didn't buy it to play any sort of game for "credits". You also apparently wiped ALL my marked favorites. I will NOT sign up for fluff like stalking "my favorite chefs". But your search isn't working either. Maybe you want me to pay a little more for working and usable search functionality now, too? You've taken key functionality away, when I PAID FOR THIS ALREADY. I am NOT happy. I hope you reconsider this cash-grab move; the recipes I've tried have been pretty good, but let's be real for a second: I could get recipes from so many other places, too. And I will, if this app is keeps turning into a portal for nickel-and-dining it's users to death. It's a shame to see a good thing like this go so bad. 14 Dec '17; see there's a new update, am hopeful, as update leads with "We've heard you!". But nope.... all they've done is double down on the credits mechanism. :( Not the best listeners, it would seem... or they just don't care. Free credits (do you think we are all so gullible and stupid?) doesn't fix this when these inane credits are the problem in the first place. My rating stays right where it is, sadly. Maybe next update, but I'm not counting on it. Meanwhile, I continue not using the app at all.

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.

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!

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!

Good idea, poor execution

I like the recipes but hate the forced upgrades and junk like marketplace credits. Please make the app simpler and stop forcing unnecessary and unwanted functions on people who just want the access to delicious recipes!

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!!!

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!

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.

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.

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.


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.

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

Good but...

Love it but the app but already it wants you to pay more for bundles of additional recipes. You seem to accumulate credits but not clear how. Just stick with the web site.

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

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!!!!

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.

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.

This should be illegal

It should not be legal to charge someone for an app, only to add micro transactions on a later update. I want my money back. What a joke.


Loved it at first. Now I’m uninstalling - I don’t want to create an account and I don’t want to pay MORE for an app I already purchased.

Needs more recipes

Worst cooking app. Ever. I can’t believe I paid for this. After the most recent update, I have to spend “coins” to open a recipe. What the hell?


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.

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.


I happily paid for the app because I loved the idea of an easy way to access the recipes I love, but now I have to buy the recipes too?!?!?! No thanks.

Nope. Bait and Switch on a paid app

I’ve already purchased your app and all was well. The new update requires “credits” to unlock recipes now? Taking some notes from EA regarding micro transactions I see. Used to love the app but now I can’t recommend with this nonsense.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Now unhappy and not sure to continue

This app was wonderful and now budget bytes sees a profit through “credits” despite the fact we already paid for the app!!! No update for me. Will use the website instead.

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.

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.

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.


i can't create an account with my email. The app has frozen every time i try. And it also freezes when i try to skip making an account. i wish it would work, but i spent money on something that won't work for my phone. But from what i can see, the app looks beautiful!

Would give 0 stars. Horrible app

Expensive and doesn't work right

Paper saver

I have been religiously following the BudgetBytes blog since college when I could barely afford ramen. I love this app, especially it has been saving a ton of paper from printing out the recipes all the time. I love the step-by-step feature and the cooking timers. I've recently started eating more clean/paleo, and the recipes are very simple to make substitutions (spaghetti squash for pasta, honey for sugar, etc.). I'm really looking forward to all my favorite recipes to be added, but for now I am enjoying some new ones.

One flaw

The app overall is great. Having to sit through the same tedious and unskippable tutorial every couple of weeks when the app updates is not so much fun. Please fix that.

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