Saving Money on Spices

November 5, 2010

Saving Money on SpicesWhen buying herbs and/or spices, do so a tablespoon or so at a time, rather than the higher priced "packaged" ones. This means you will have fresher, and it costs far less. Also, look in Mexican aisles as they often have smaller packages of herbs/spices that are far cheaper than in the "American" ones; and from what I understand many can be found far less expensive in Asian markets as well!


If you do not have older spice bottles, look at places like the "as is" Goodwill store, use baby jars that are cleaned, or check freecycle or other local recycling places!

It's easy to make "tags" for your new spice containers. I use "season greetings" tabs I got for a dime at a yard sale and they work great! You can easily "make" your own from blank paper, old envelopes, piece of typing paper, etc. Simply put on with scotch tape. This way the spices and herbs are used quickly and don't have the time to get "old" on you!

Also if you come across an excellent buy, but aren't sure how you would ever use that much say, cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice,. you can give to others to use.

I found out about checking out Asian markets when checking recipes online

By katrina from Medford, Oregon

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Diamond Post Medal for All Time! 1,298 Posts
January 23, 2018

Two markets I frequently shop at provide complimentary seasoning when you purchasing meat or poultry. They can season for you. I usually ask for some seasoning on the side in a baggie to bring home.

A row of complimentary seasonings at the meat market in a supermarket.


December 13, 2011

All cooks have their own secret ways to make the dish special. This time of the year, we are using spices that may have not been even thought of in 10-12 months.


August 29, 2012

When I use up a jar of herbs/spices, I wash the jar and remove the label. When I buy new herbs/spices, I buy the cheaper, bulk packaged brand. I put the herb/spice in the saved jar.

Refill and Relabel Spice Bottles


May 10, 2005

Save a bundle the next time you buy spices. Instead of reaching for the Spice Islands or any other brands that put spices in a jar, shop at stores that sell spices in bulk.


Gold Post Medal for All Time! 555 Posts
September 13, 2019

Rather then buy TWO containers of black pepper (whole AND ground) I used a drill to punch a hole into a dollar store pepper mill I bought. They are sealed so you can't just open them and I needed whole peppers or my pickling project.


I just place a piece of tape over the hole to use it as a grinder again.

A peppe rmill with a small hole in it, to let out the peppercorns.

Diamond Post Medal for All Time! 1,298 Posts
October 24, 2017

Are you making a new recipe that calls out for seasoning or spices you don't have? Instead of purchasing each new seasoning or spice jar, which can get costly especially if you may not like the recipe, my thrifty tip is to purchase in bulk where you can scoop the amount you need into a ziplock or plastic bag.

Small packages of spices in zip top bags, purchased in bulk.

September 9, 2005

One of the keys to cooking from scratch is having a good supply of quality spices. There can be sticker shock when shopping for spices but a little goes a long way.


February 5, 2009

Shop for spices and flavorings in the international foods section of your grocery store. You could get twice as much for half the price.


Recently I purchased almond flavoring, ginger and onion powder this way, saved a few dollars on each.


August 9, 2017

One way to save on your food budget is to buy your spices in bulk. They are available this way from various markets and on-line. This is a page about buying bulk spices.

Several glass spice jar full of bulk spices.


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November 4, 2010

Spices can be expensive. So first I hit Dollar Tree, Big Lots or Aldis for the ordinary spices.


January 29, 2010

At WalMart and most grocery stores check the Hispanic foods section. There was ground cumin for 84 cents for 1 1/2 oz. McCormick's ground cumin was 2.82 for 2 oz.


November 30, 2009

Tips for saving money on spices. Visit your local bulk store where you can buy only a little bit of the spice you need at a time.

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