The other perk of focusing on quality ingredients over whatever is the cheapest is how it pays back in dividends. Mauro says he tries his best to support small local businesses, not only because it’s important for the economy, but because oftentimes, little shops will have more interesting sandwich fixings. From a spicy mustard that’s been crafted from a family who has dedicated their life to perfecting the recipe to an unusual jam concoction that you would never think to make yourself (bacon-jalapeño, anyone?) but tickles your palate—it’s often at lesser-known stores that you’ll find hidden gems.
Check out these 50 supermarket tricks you may still be falling for.