Cookbooks now a days are so expensive, and even if you splurge on the book you'll probably only love a handful of recipes. There's a much cheaper way to have all your favorite recipes at home and also get to keep trying new cookbooks. It's very straightforward and simple and you can use it to make cookbooks based on different types of cuisine, fill one up with celebrities favorite recipes, or just gather and fine tune a collection of your favorite meals. Here's the how to guide for getting your own personalized cookbook!


You'll need a binder, a printer, and either a library card or your own home computer. Make a note of the cookbooks you want to explore, or head to the internet to find great recipes. Now you're ready to start making your own cookbook. Personalized in every way, this book will only have the recipes that you want to have in your home without all the clutter of unwanted and unloved recipes.

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Libraries are a great place for browsing through cookbooks. With an extensive cooking section you can get an idea of what you want your book to be like. Don't worry if they don't have something you're looking for because your library can send out for anything that isn't on their own shelf. Take out whatever interests you! If you don't have a printer at home libraries can also offer scanning and printing services for a small fee, and even then just think about how much money you're saving by not buying a whole book. If you're taking something out wait and don't scan or print until you know what's worth saving.

An online glimpse into Chrissy Teigan's Cookbook on Google Books

Those using their own online sources should explore all the internet has to offer! Don't know where to start? Look at amazon to see what the top sellers are and see if any of those recipes are available online! Google books can offer you previews of cookbooks that you want to see and can give you an idea of what's worth looking for online or checking out of the library.

Keep in mind the recipes you know you love and starting cooking the ones you are trying for the first time! Weed out the weak and keep the ones that you would want to have again. All of those pages of recipes that don't make the cut won't be taking up space in your home. Never spend time looking for long lost online recipes with all your favorites at your fingertips!

With everything printed and laid out you're ready to set up a binder. A binder is better than a file folder for a few reasons. First off, it's a good idea to put your recipes into plastic protectors. That way you can spill whatever you want on them and they won't get filthy. Secondly, you can organize the binder in whatever way makes the most sense to you. Buy little tabs that separate sections or make your own out of sticky notes, paper, and tape. Last but not least, you choose the size of the sections. Make a large dessert section if you like to bake. If you don't have a sweet tooth then have dinner make up the bulk of the book. It's even a great method breaking everything down by seasons if you want to eat along with what's being harvested.

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Making your own cookbook and taking the time to organize it can save you a lot of money. If you can't decide what to make you already have a ton of approved beloved recipes that won't let you down. People who found recipes they wanted to try in the future can save them in there too, and you won't be scrambling to find it again. So get out there and get exploring! Best of luck and eat up!

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Over the past month, both Haiti and Afghanistan have been pummeled by tragic disasters that left devastation in their wake.

In Haiti, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake erupted, leading over to 2,189 deaths and counting. A few hours later, in Afghanistan, Kabul fell to the Taliban just after U.S. troops had pulled out after 20 years of war.

In many ways, these disasters are both chillingly connected to US interference. The United States invaded Haiti in 1915, ostensibly promising to restore order after a presidential assassination but really intending to preserve the route to the Panama Canal and to defend US creditors, among other reasons.

But the US forces soon realized that they were not able to control the country alone, and so formed an army of Haitian enlistees, powered by US air power and intended to quell Haitian insurrection against US controls. Then, in 1934, the US pulled out on its own, disappointed with how slow progress was going. Haiti's institutions were never really able to rebuild themselves, leaving them immensely vulnerable to natural disasters.

Something similar happened in Afghanistan, where the US sent troops and supported an insurgent Afghan army – only to pull out, abandoning the country they left in ruins, with many Afghans supporting the Taliban.

In both cases, defense contractors benefited by far the most from the conflict, making billions in profits while civilians faced fallout and devastation. While the conflicts and circumstances are extremely different and while the US is obviously not solely to blame for either crisis, it's hard not to see the US-based roots of these disasters.

Today, in Haiti and Afghanistan, civilians are facing unimaginable tragedy.

Here are charities offering support in Afghanistan:

1. The International Rescue Committee is looking to raise $10 million to deliver aid directly to Afghanistan

2. CARE is matching donations for an Afghanistan relief fund. They are providing food, shelter, and water to families in need; a donation of $89.50 covers 1 family's emergency needs for a month.

3. Women for Women International is matching donations up to 500,000 for Afghan women, who will be facing unimaginable horrors under Taliban control.


4. AfghanAid offers support for people living in remote regions of Afghanistan.

5. VitalVoices supports female leaders and changemakers and survivors of gender-based violence around the world.

Here are charities offering support in Haiti:

1. Partners in Health has been working with Haiti for a long time, and they work with the Department of Health rather than around them, which is extremely important in a charity.

2. Health Equity International helps run Saint Boniface Hospital, a hospital in Haiti close to the earthquake's epicenter.

3. SOIL is an organization based Haiti, "a local organization with a track record of supporting after natural disasters." They are distributing hygiene kits and provisions on the ground to hospitals and to victims of the earthquake.

4. Hope for Haiti has been working in emergency response in Haiti for three decades, and their team is comprised of people who live and work in Haiti. They focus on supporting children and people in need across Haiti.

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Tiffany's, the iconic jewelry brand which does not (despite what some might be misled to believe) in fact serve breakfast, featured Jay Z, Beyoncé, and a rare Basquiat painting in their recent campaign.

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Road trips can be a lot of fun — but they can also drain your wallet quickly if you aren't careful.

From high gas costs and park admission fares to lodging and the price of eating out every night, the expenses can add up quickly. But at the same time, it's very possible to do road trips cheaply and efficiently. Without the headache of worrying about how much money you're leaking, you can enjoy the open road a whole lot more. Here's how to save money on a road trip.

1. Prepare Your Budget, Route, and Packing List in Advance

If you want to save money on a road trip, be sure you're ready to go. Try to count up all your expenses before you hit the road and create a budget. It's also a good idea to plan your route in advance so you don't end up taking unnecessary, gas-guzzling detours. And finally, be sure to pack in advance so you don't find yourself having to buy tons of things you forgot along the way.

2. Book Cheap Accommodations — Or Try Camping

All those motel rooms can add up surprisingly quick, but camping is often cheap or free, and it's a great way to get intimate with the place you're visiting. You can check the Bureau of Land Management's website for free campsites. Freecampsite.com also provides great information on If you don't have a tent or don't want to camp every night, try booking cheap Airbnbs or booking hotels in advance, making sure to compare prices.

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If you're planning on sleeping in your car, a few tips: WalMart allows all-night parking, as do many 24-hour gyms. (Buying a membership to Planet Fitness or something like it also gives you a great place to stop, shower, and recharge while on the road).

3. Bring Food From Home

Don't go on a road trip expecting to subsist on fast food alone. You'll wind up feeling like shit, and it'll drain your pocketbook stunningly quickly. Instead, be sure to bring food from home. Consider buying a gas stove and a coffee pot for easy on-the-go meals, and make sure you bring substantial snacks to satiate midday or late night cravings so you can avoid getting those late night Mickey D's expeditions.

Try bringing your own cooler, filling it with easy stuff for breakfast and lunch — some bread and peanut butter and jelly will go a long way. Bring your own utensils, plates, and napkins, and avoid buying bottled water by packing some big water jugs and a reusable water bottle. Alternatively, try staying at hotels or Airbnbs with kitchens so you can cook there.

4. Avoid Tolls

Apps like Google Maps and Waze point out toll locations, so be sure to avoid those to save those pennies. (If it takes you too far off route, you might have to bite the bullet and drive across that expensive bridge).

You can also save on parking fees by using sites like Parkopedia.

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5. Save on Gas

Gas can get pricy incredibly fast, so be sure that you're stopping at cheap gas stations. Free apps like GasBuddy help you find the most affordable gas prices in the area. Also, try going the speed limit on the highways — anything faster will burn through your tank. Be sure that you don't wait till you arrive at touristy locations or big cities to fill up.

6. Get a National Park Pass

All those parks can get really expensive really fast. If you're planning on visiting three or more parks, it's a great idea to get an America the Beautiful National Parks Pass. For $80 you can get into every National Park for one year.