Mackenzie Filson

Mackenzie Filson is a food & beverage writer and native Floridian. Her work has appeared in PUNCH, Delish, Kitchn, and EatingWell, amongst others. You can read more of her writing in her newsletter, Book Sommelier, where she pairs books with wine (her one party trick.)
Why You Should Always Use the “Tip Top” Rule to Pick Out the Sweetest Strawberries
“The sweetness of a berry is basically guaranteed.”
May 18, 2024
This One Grocery Swap Saves Me $40 Every Single Week
“Even still, my fridge was overflowing.”
May 16, 2024
I Tried Every Frozen Chicken Parmesan I Could Find — And I’ll Be Stocking the $4 Winner in My Freezer Forever
It’s half the price of the fancy restaurant brand.
May 14, 2024
Everything You Need to Know About Grocery Flowers, According to a Former Supermarket Florist
Plus, how to keep them fresh longer.
May 12, 2024
6 Not-to-Be-Missed Trader Joe’s Groceries That Just Hit Stores
Number two has NO business being so good.
May 6, 2024
We Asked 3 Chefs to Name the Best Jarred Salsa, and They All Said the Same Thing
“The heat level is just right.”
May 2, 2024
8 Rules for Navigating “Shrinkflation” at the Grocery Store
There are plenty of tips we can start employing today (and even a few that Future Us will be happy about).
Apr 30, 2024
We Compared Prices for a Dozen Items at Aldi Versus Trader Joe’s — And One Is Clearly Cheaper
We looked at milk, pasta, olive oil, steak, and more.
Apr 28, 2024
16 Best Snacks You Can Buy at Trader Joe’s, According to a Former Employee
Plus 15 more of our favorite chips, dips, nuts, and bars.
Apr 22, 2024
We Compared Prices for a Dozen Items at Aldi Versus Dollar Tree — And One Is Clearly Cheaper
We looked at cream cheese, salad dressing, pancake mix, frozen chicken nuggets, and more.
Apr 20, 2024
HelloFresh vs. Home Chef: I Tried Both Meal Kits and This Is the One I’ll Order Again
It also taught me a few new techniques.
Apr 18, 2024
The Only Balsamic Vinegar Italians Buy at the Grocery Store (and You Should Too)
According to three food experts in Italy.
Apr 15, 2024
We Tried 7 Brands of Sriracha — And the Winner Is Not What You Think
Groceries
It was a near tie.
Apr 9, 2024
5 Not-to-Be-Missed Trader Joe’s Groceries That Just Hit Stores, According to a Former Employee
Number four just might be your favorite TJ’s treat of all time.
Apr 6, 2024
Blue Apron vs. HelloFresh: I Tried Both Meal Kits and One Is Actually Worth the Price
The winner was abundantly clear.
Apr 2, 2024
The 10 Best Aldi Cheeses of All Time, According to a Cheesemonger (They’re All $5 or Less)
Plus nine other can’t-miss cheeses.
Mar 31, 2024
Everything You Need to Know About Walmart+
We break down the price, perks, and reasons you might pass.
Mar 30, 2024
Everything You Need to Know About the Wild Alaskan Company Subscription
“I didn’t realize that the fish I cook at home could taste that good.”
Mar 29, 2024
3 Frozen Chicken Tenders That Are (Almost) Better than Homemade
No. 2 is the most nostalgic.
Mar 22, 2024
Why I Stopped Shopping at Aldi for Groceries
“I really started to consider what I value in my grocery shops.”
Mar 21, 2024
This “Legendary” Cookie Dough Is So Good, I Signed Up for Grocery Delivery Just to Get It
“It’s next-level gooey and studded with chocolate.”
Mar 15, 2024
3 Easy Ways to See What’s Going on Sale at Costco Way Before It Actually Does
Including when sales start and end.
Mar 12, 2024
We Asked 3 Chefs to Name the Best Frozen Pizza, and They All Said the Same One
Turns out, it’s a nostalgia thing.
Mar 7, 2024
6 Not-to-Be-Missed Trader Joe’s Groceries That Just Hit Stores
We’ve been waiting on number four since Christmas.
Mar 6, 2024
12 Girl Scout Cookie and Ice Cream Pairings to Try Before Those Boxes Disappear
Try to find a better Samoas combo. We’ll wait.
Mar 5, 2024
We Tried 13 Brands of Instant Coffee — And Are Shocked at How Good the Winners Taste
“It just as good as any drip coffee I’ve had.”
Mar 3, 2024
The 15 Best Trader Joe’s Desserts of All Time, According to a Former Employee
Groceries
Number 13 is “pure sunshine to the square inch.”
Feb 29, 2024
We Tried 10 Brands of Jarred Marinara Sauce
Groceries
Plus a very impressive $2 budget buy.
Feb 20, 2024
Target vs. Walmart: Which Superstore Is Superior?
We also break down product quality, variety, availability, and more.
Feb 18, 2024
13 Smart Tips Every Sam’s Club Shopper Should Know
Groceries
You definitely don’t want to sleep on number five.
Feb 16, 2024
The Hottest Place for a First Date Is Actually the Grocery Store
“I think to myself: Will we tell our kids about the salad wall mist one day?”
Feb 14, 2024
The Dos and Don’ts of Aldi’s Famous Return Policy, According to a Superfan
Plus, everything you can and can’t return.
Feb 9, 2024
The 3-Ingredient Dip My Mom Has Been Making for 30 Years for Super Bowl Parties
“It’s even created an appetizer-related sibling rivalry between my mom and her sisters.”
Feb 8, 2024