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PC gives more free product for a cooking show than a catelog show. It's states it right in the planner. That is a thank you for the host opening their home and supplying the ingredients. So no, I don't buy the ingredients unless I'm prepping at home and the host reimburses me with the same ingredients (cookie crust or whatever) or pays me.
I buy the ingredients for them so it's convenient for them and me (to prep at home) and I collect at show close or with their grand total bill. No one has ever had a problem with paying for ingredients so far!
I just figure it's like any other in home party (the host always provides food) and PC is no different really, except we are making the dishes for them! How easy is that! :O)
I bring the ingredients and ask the Host to reimburse me for up to $15. I also offer $1 off the ingredients' bill for every attending guest.
Honestly, it's been more than worth the cost and time to get the ingredients myself. I know exactly what I've got and I can do loads of prep work ahead of time. It takes a tremendous amount of pressure off of my mind, and saves me set up time at the Host's!