A few shavings of nice cheese on top of pasta or vegetables can take a simple dish from good to great—but you don’t have to fork out $22 a pound for the famous stuff. Instead, look for varieties like Pecorino Romano and SarVecchio, which offer the same flavor at half the price. You can also save some cash on groceries with these 19 tricks from frugal food shoppers.
Smoked and cured meats
From fancy charcuterie to “dime a dog” night, pass on cured meats in any form—they’ve been linked to cancer, disease, high blood pressure, and migraines. And they’re packed with artery-clogging grease: regulations allow up to 50 percent (by weight) of fresh pork sausage to be fat. Plus, processed meats are one of the 13 foods cardiologists try to never eat.