I am frugal, and also do a lot of cooking. I've found the 2" cheap paint brush sold at Harbor Freight to be a great baster. I use it, put it in the dishwasher, let it air dry, and use it several times. The only caveat is when it is brand-new, just out of the plastic cover, you need to give it a good beating against your hand to remove all loose hairs. When the brushes were on sale I bought a small box of them and still have four or five left after two years. Hurrah for cheap, hurrah for basting with turkey season coming up!