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Okay, so the spelling is way off, but how do you avoid such an obvious heading?! With the economy as it is, we've found ourselves both laid off at my house this year (I've returned to work, but my partner hasn't), so the budget has to give somewhere. Does anyone have ideas on cheaper cheeses in the Portland area? $10-14/lb. for Argentinian Parm at the Whole Foods feels like a lot anymore, but we like to think ourselves foodies, so there's no chance we're going for the evil green canister. We actually live in Vancouver, but I work in NE, and we usually have errands around town, so we can hit the west side if there's a secret, high-value frommagier.

Thanks for your help, fellow Chowhounds!

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  1. Have you considered skimping on the lesser important grocery items... such as milk, eggs and bread?

      1. re: duckduck

        Costco has actually started carrying decent imported cheeses at "improved" prices. The blocks can be large, but not unreasonable.

        1. re: bluedog67

          Have you seen any roquefort? At my local Costco (Aloha) I see gorganzola and stilton. I think they used to carry some Bee brand roquefort but I sure haven't seen any lately.

          1. re: Roy

            Hmmm...don't recall. I bought some stilton last time i was there, and some blue from oregon. don't remember any french.

      2. Trader Joe's is my go-to spot for affordable cheese.