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Buying a Cast Iron Skillet On a Budget

I'm a home cook who is getting more serious about buying good quality equipment for the kitchen, but I am on a budget.

I've been really wanting a cast-iron skillet, and I'm wondering if people have recommendations of which brands to get if I want to spend less than $50? There is a Lodge pre-seasoned skillet for around $20, is this an okay bet?

I am fine with the skillet not being the absolute best model available, but given that I have a little bit of flexibility with my budget, I also don't want to buy something at $20 that is so bad I end up wishing I'd just shelled out the extra cash for something slightly higher end.

Any advice is welcome, thanks!

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