A Cheaper Alternative for Saffron

Hello!

Does anybody know of an alternative for Saffron?

I know, I know....serious cooks won't look for alternatives for such a great and wonderful spice but let me explain myself before you all get riled up! :o)

Several of my family's favorite recipes call for Saffron but between the rising cost of food and trying to cook for a family, the price is a little more than what I want to pay for (and the time to find it is more than I want to spend as well!)

Is there any alternative that anyone can think of that won't totally ruin a recipe? Or am I going out of the way here and should just bite the bullet?

As always, thank you for your discussions!

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