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Sure, you can buy an 8-ounce packet of peas in an herbed butter sauce, but why do so when you can make your own? Just cook the peas, add a pat of butter and sprinkle on some herbs you already have on hand. The same thing goes for carrots with dill sauce and other gourmet veggies. Try these tricks frugal shoppers use to spend less on groceries.
When you buy a pre-made sandwich, you’re really just paying for its elaborate packaging—plus a whole lot of salt, fat, and unnecessary additives. For the average cost of one of these babies ($2.50 to $3 per sandwich), you could make a bigger, better, and more nutritious version yourself. If you want to start grocery shopping online, here’s what you need to know first.