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Shop the Cheese Aisle—and Only the Cheese Aisle
The cheese and crackers tray may not initially seem costly, but a $20 hunk of Pecorino can quickly put you over budget. Greutman recommends buying cheeses at club stores like Costco, Sam's or BJ's (they're usually 30 percent cheaper than at the local supermarket). She also advises people to skip holiday displays in supermarkets, since popular cheese varieties, such as cheddar, Swiss and goat, tend to be marked up there (you'll usually find lower prices in the store's refrigerated area).