We’ve been building a frugal pantry with all sorts of staple ingredients. From flour to fats, we’ve been discussing a lot of basic, common ingredients. This week however to move to the more varied and exotic. I titled this group “flavors” because they are those eclectic items that add punch, zip, and flavor to your foods.
Think about the following:
- chile peppers
- Asian sauces
- rich cheeses
- Watch for sales and markdowns. These are the kinds of items that don’t move off the regular grocery store shelves very fast. I often find them for half their regular price on the clearance shelves.
- Use coupons. Often manufacturers will send them to you
- Find an inexpensive source. Ethnic markets and stores like Trader Joes that specialize in these products will be able to offer them at a lower price than a regular grocery store.