A container of marinara sauce runs about $5 on average, but a 28-ounce can of crushed tomatoes is less than $2. Make a quick pan sauce for dipping focaccia bread or topping pasta by adding garlic, Italian seasoning, olive oil, salt, pepper and a sprinkle of cayenne to taste.
Picking up spices to season a special dinner will cost as much as $8.50 at the closest grocery store. Head to Whole Foods or other stores where spices are sold in bulk if you just need a pinch or two, and buy just the amount you need for a whole lot less.
You’ve made it through the store with just the products on your list: Don’t blow it while you’re waiting in line for the checkout. Magazines that cost $3 or $4 per copy often have the same articles online or can be read at the library for free. It’s also where candy and other treats get placed to tempt you to buy when you’re fatigued.