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10 Smart Shopping Lessons Learned from Flavortown Market

Smart shoppers know what they want, when to snap up a deal and when to shy away from sly supermarket ploys.

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Being a contestant on Guy's Grocery Games means proving not only your cooking chops, but also your shopping prowess. The best cooks carefully source their food to find the best ingredients at the right price point. Here are 10 smart shopping lessons learned straight from the games.

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10: Stick with the Basics

Pantry staples as simple as salt, sugar and pepper can go a long way when it comes to flavor development — enough to rock any critical judge's world. The savviest contestants on Guy's Grocery Games always check their stations for hidden flavor gems before spending extra time or money on gimmicky flavored oils and single-use spices.

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9: Use All of What You Have

Judges regularly scold contestants for forgetting to use ingredients in their cart. Take stock of what you have in the fridge and pantry before heading to the store, so you buy only what you need. Then you won't find yourself throwing out that half-used onion, now-moldy block of cheese or shriveled bag of green beans and suffering through any heart-sinking regret.

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8: Make a Grocery List

3,2,1 ... Every good contestant runs through Flavortown with at least some kind of a game plan. You have more time to collect your culinary thoughts than the cooks on the show, so write a list before you head to the store. This way, you can stay focused on what you need and ward off the temptation to make unnecessary impulse purchases.

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