I love to cook and generally I can feel pretty smug about how much money we're saving by eating at home rather than going out, but sometimes there is a recipe I really want to make and it calls for three or four spices I don't have (and only need 1/2 a tsp of) and suddenly that dish is going to cost me $15-$20 to make and all my smugness is forced to die a sad little death.
And then, recently, I discovered something life changing - some stores sell spices in bulk! You can buy as much or as little as you want and it's a fraction of the price of the little bottle on the baking aisle.
Last week, I needed some curry powder. A one ounce jar of it (McCormick's brand) was $2.32 at my local grocery store. In the bulk aisle at Sprouts (my new favorite store), it was 69 cents an ounce. I filled my little bag and it rang up for $0.88. I left feeling very pleased (and also glad to finally have an excuse to buy these ridiculously cute little spice jars).
If you have a Sprouts nearby, check out their bulk spice section and swoon at all the recipes you now can make without breaking the bank. I also called Sunflower Market and they confirmed that some of their stores already carry bulk spices and other locations will soon.