Saving money on spices

Like with many things sometimes you have to spend a little money to save a lot of money.  I don’t know about you but I just cringe when I see the price of a little container of mustard – holy cow!  The markup on spices is HUGE.

I purchased a whole bunch of glass spice jars at Bed Bath and Beyond.  Then as I ran out of a certain spice I would buy refills in the small plastic cello packs in the Mexican section of the store or at WinCo where they sell bulk spices.

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The other day I was refilling spices, AGAIN and discovered a really cool trick that makes getting all the spice into the jar and not all over the counter.

Do NOT open the package.  Shake all the spice to one side and cut off the corner.

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 Shove the corner into the bottle – let the spices flow!

You might have to give the bag a little flick to get them moving.

Paprika – refilled for .79

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About Baking Nana

Each morning my granddaughter Sarah calls to ask, "Watcha doing, Nana? Are you baking Nana?" Hence my "name" Baking Nana. I am a mother to three wonderful children and a grandmother to 12 very hungry grandkids. I don't bake fancy cakes but I do make wonderful yeast bread and home cooked meals made with love.


Saving money on spices — 11 Comments

  1. Thanks for this great tip! Love the idea of cutting of corner for easy re-fill!

    • Thanks for stopping in! I don’t know why it took me so long to discover that trick. It was like “Duh! Why didn’t I think of this before?” moment. 🙂

  2. Love your tip. I also buy my spices from the bulk section. I put them in the jars and then stash the jars (ones I don’t use all that often) in a plastic box I have in my deep freeze. They keep for a really long time.

  3. I recently started shopping at a Mexican grocery store near my house, and have had my eye on their large display wall of packaged spices. I am so doing this! Thanks BN!

    • Hi Kim! You know the turn over on their spices is a LOT faster than those in the regular spice section. I now have to get a label maker to mark those spices that didn’t come in the preprinted labels I bought.

  4. hey baking nana:) LOVE “Baking Nan a’s Kitchen! I have a bulk store not to far from home. I love going in there, being able to buy as much or as little as I need. mostly it’s a small amt. to fill my spice jars. what’s even better is when I get to the cashier. they ring up my purchases and I hand over maybe 3 dollars, get change back and walk out with 4-5 different herbs and spices! 🙂 oh, and I empty my bags into the spice jars the same way 🙂

    • 🙂 Hi Weeble! Thanks so much! The thing about buying from the bulk bins that I love the most is that I can buy a tiny amount of a new spice or seasoning to see if I like it – if I do, I buy more the next time. Thanks so much for stopping by and for the lovely compliments!

  5. BN: This is also my method of purchasing a variety of spices. I think the ridiculously expensive sesame seeds are probably my favorite spice for this cost-saving tip.

    • Those little bags are a screaming deal! I am so glad I thought of snipping off the corner of the bag to fill the jars. No more plugged funnel for me. 🙂