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Skimping and Splurging

We're all watching our budgets with a magnifying glass — and that watchfulness extends right into the grocery store aisle. But the real challenge is cutting corners on your shopping list without cutting the flavor. The good news is that it can be done. "You should be your own food conscience. Use the best ingredients you can afford, and that’s the spirit of cooking," says chef Rick Tramonto, author of Steak with Friends: At Home, with Rick Tramonto and Top Chef Masters contestant. When stocking up on the basics, you simply need to know where to skimp and where it's best to splurge. Read on for advice about eight common items in your grocery cart.

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