I am constantly shocked at the price of spices when I look the shelves in the grocery store. $4 for that TINY little bottle?!? You must be joking!
My friend and neighbor grows a lot of her own spices and dries and grinds them. I love the freshness of this, but in my present stage of life, I've decided it's just not for me. (other than the basic herbs I grow in my garden and planters.)
Most bulk stores sell spices in large quantities for a reasonable price...but there are very few spices that I would use up fast enough to justify purchasing such a large quantity. (splitting with a friend might be a good option there.)
So -- what to do? Aldi has a decent selection of spices and they are all about $0.99 for a large jar. If they don't have what I'm looking for, I will usually check the dollar store or Dollar General and they have basic spices for $1.00 and sometimes $0.50.
But, one of my more recent finds is that in some grocery stores (I've found one Bi-Lo so far), there is a separate spice section with the ethnic foods and these spices are WAY less than the spices on the baking aisle. And, they have a better selection than any of the other places I have found discounted spices.
These bagged spices were $0.79 each and the Thyme filled up my empty jar at home which is average size. The jar of sage was around $1.59-$1.89, my memory fails me. But, I had looked at each of these spices at the same store on the baking aisle and they were in the $4 range each. So...next time I need spices, I'll be visiting the ethnic foods aisle instead of the baking aisle.
Do you have any tips to add for saving money on spices??
PS -- this is my 98th post...I'm having a giveaway for my 100th post!! stay tuned. :-)