This comes under the category: I thought everyone knew this. However, since most of my peers don't know this, I can only assume most College Cooks are likewise unaware of the riches (or staples) lurking in the drugstore.
This may be news you can use. For many, grocery stores are at a distance from campus, a problem for the time-challenged College Cook. There seem to be drugstores on every corner. In my town of 8500, there are often two drugstores on every corner, as CVS and Walgreens are facing off.
Now you may suppose that drugstores only carry overpriced convenience foods or snack items. Not so, College Cooks. They carry more staples than you might think, AND (for after all, I am FRUGAL) they have good WEEKLY SALES.
Just for a glimpse at my Walgreens this week*:
tuna 69 cents
cereal (cheerios, fiber1) 2.50
Kraft mayo 2.99
coffee of various kinds, instant and regular
Not to be mentioned in polite company, box mac and cheese (69 cents) and those bowl things that you can microwave (99 cents).
They always have pasta, milk, and eggs also, the latter two at decent prices.
Now, for the **:
* You may need a coupon. The coupons are in the ads at the front of the store. Ask a cashier for help if you can't handle this task.
** The ad says "ready-to-serve bacon." Could this be the pre-cooked slices? I've never used the product, but I would think this would be great for the College Cook. It does not require refrigeration, and can be sprinkled on some of your soups and pastas. Must check on this, faithful readers.
CVS and Rite-Aid have similar sales.