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Spices are an item you can save a bundle on by recording and comparing prices in your Price Book. You can read my in-depth post about the advantages and How-To of The Price Book HERE.
I buy common spices like cinnamon, ground ginger, onion and garlic powder, etc. at Costco, the Dollar Store, Big Lots, and Smart Food Service. Whatever I have recorded as the best price dictates where I will buy. I will pick these up during my Monthly Shopping.
Spices that I can’t purchase at these stores like garam masala, smoked paprika, etc. I buy in bulk at my local Natural Food Store (Harvest House).
So, how much can you save by shopping this way instead of buying spices at your local grocery store? The results may shock you! 🙂 Take a look at an entry from my Price Book:
Ground ginger costs as much as $131 per pound at Safeway, and $6.73 per pound at Smart Food Service! Savings=95%! (If I didn’t want to buy the 14 oz. size, I would buy it in bulk at Sprouts for the 2nd best price and still save 92%!)
Garlic Powder: High=$22.51/lb. & Low=$4.44/lb. Savings=$81%!
By applying the Price Book strategies to all of the items on your grocery list, you can easily start saving on average 50%-75% on your groceries.
To achieve the 90% savings that I did, I started buying more “ingredient” type foods as well, and cooking more from scratch.
Update 11/19: I recently found another great source for spices that is comparable to ones I buy at the Dollar Stores. This line of Jackie’s Kitchen Spices is in Prime Pantry for a great deal! I shared a few below, you can see them all HERE.
Note: Availability tends to come and go on these!