There are lots of less expensive alternatives to All-Clad for stainless steel clad cookware. Cuisinart, Calphalon, LeGourmet Chef, etc. all offer quality SS clad cookware.
Search the internet for price deals. If you have access to Costco, Sam's Club often have great deals on cookware under their brand names.
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