Welcome to Day Six of my 31 day series Crush Your Food Costs. Today: Stop Buying Spices at the Grocery Store.
I’m filing a blog post every day in October along with several other talented writers who are participating in #write31. We’re only a few days in and I’ve already met new people, gotten tighter butt cheeks and learned new methods for practicing gratitude and getting you to comment more 🙂
I hate paying full price for anything and that includes food. Thanks to the elders at the newspaper, I learned that the best place to buy herbs and spices is the natural food store. You can buy just what you need–some stores have one-ounce minimums. One store near me has a minimum, the food co-op down the street does not.
I stopped buying spices in the grocery store years ago when I discovered I could buy significantly fresher spices and herbs for a fraction of the price at my local health food store.
The worst place to buy spices? The grocery store where you’re limited to buying certain sized containers that have been sitting on the shelves for who knows how long.
Today I paid .96 cents for two ounces of organic cinnamon. Two ounces is the size of most spice jars in the grocery aisle
That same size equivalent at Shaw’s or Hannaford would cost at least four to five times as much. And that’s for a lesser quality spice.
Don’t tell me about the $1 jumbo jar of this or that spice you bought at a chain dollar store. I’m not interested. Both husband and I are on the downhill slope to 50. If we’re eating it, it should taste
damn gosh darn delicious.
Plus, if you’re trying out a new recipe, and you need a spice you’re not familiar with, it’s better to buy just what you need or a small amount until you’re sure you like it and/or will use it up in the rest of your cooking.
Incidentally, one of my stores also sells glass spice jars for $1.29 each. I feel more confident using spices, which have been stored in glass, instead of the plastic containers from the supermarket aisle.
- Where do you buy spices?
- How do you store them?
- What spice did you buy and throw out because you didn’t care for it?
Come back tomorrow for another idea to crush your food costs.