Frugal Spices

Frugal living does not need to be Spartan and cost efficiency does not require huge sacrifice. Rather, in seeking to stretch our dollars we are attempting to get more, have more and, at least for many us, share more, than we would if we did not pay attention to our spending habits. Warren Buffet, for example, clearly can afford more than just about anyone else in the world, but he still lives in the same home that he has owned for decades. He is happy there and does not feel the need to buy a McMansion just because he can do so if he wants to do so.

Often, frugality becomes a matter of acquiring the knowledge that we need as consumers to make intelligent purchasing decisions. Whether we are

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4 Responses to Frugal Spices

  1. Ann says:

    Research always helps! :-)

    Spice and herb-wise I tend to grow my own herbs whenever possible. I dry some in the fall and throw out the dried when I have new fresh in the spring. If it’s a seed or nut, I like to buy whole and grind my own.

    When I got back into carving and sculpting, I didn’t like how a lot of carvers glooped paint on their carvings and basically stained rather than painted my work. I knew I was in it for the long-haul and I mix my own colors and I create stains the way old furniture makers did (mixing oil based tints), so I bought the largest tubes of the 3 primaries, black and white that I could find. Years later, I still have most of those tubes, but I’ve found that, though the paints will hold up, the tubes don’t! LOL Learned the lesson that smaller (not smallest) may be the best choice. :-) If I’d paid attention to how little I actually used to create what I was doing, I would have known better in the first place.

  2. A Fan says:

    Another great article, David! THANK YOU!
    :)
    I am going to print this and place it in my spice cupboard.
    I’m also going to pass it along to my family & friends!
    :)
    Your articles are always so helpful!!

  3. Suzanne says:

    It sounds like a really obvious thing, but I’ve also trained myself to buy the smallest possible container of a spice if I’m trying something new or buying something I know deep down that I won’t use very often. I kept buying these large bottles of spices (the 3 oz. bottles) that looked nice in my spice rack or were high quality, organic, etc., but then I’d use the spice once and there it would sit until I had to throw it out. Now, I buy the really small (1 oz) McCormick containers for the more unusual spices. If I find I’m using it up in a snap, great – I can start buying the larger size. But if not, I haven’t spent money on 3 times more than I needed, only to throw it away later.

  4. Agneta says:

    I save a lot of money by buying spices in bulk @WinCo and Fred Meyer. Another plus is that I can buy as much (or little) I need.

    If your grocery store has a bulk and/or health food section, it is definitely worth checking out.

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