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Frugal Friday: Buy Spices in Bulk

Posted By Jessica Fisher On May 29, 2009 @ 3:38 am In Frugal Friday,Meal Planning | 20 Comments


I love to cook. Since I could read, cooking has been one of my favorite pasttimes and one of my preferred methods of relaxation. If you spend anytime cooking, you know that quality ingredients can be pretty expensive, even with a coupon.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about preparing gourmet food for a mere fraction of the price it would cost at a restaurant. One of the ways that I do this is to purchase my spices in bulk.


Whether from Costco, a health-foods coop, or simply Walmart, I’ve always been able to find larger sizes of the herbs and spices that I regularly use, like parsley, basil, dill weed, and oregano. (I do this for other pantry staples, too, like yeast or rice.) I’ve found that a pound of the spice in question costs about the same as the itty bitty jar.

Since I use spices with a pretty heavy hand, they rarely go old or lose their potency. But, if you don’t use them in the same frequency as I, you can easily split the package with friends or even make up pretty spice packets and mixes to give as gifts. If you’re already going to spend the $4 on a spice, you might as well buy more of it and share it.

You’ll enjoy good eats and save some money at the same time.

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