Ever need spices or herbs for a recipe and didn’t have it on stock? Often, a bottle can cost upwards of $5 at the grocery store, and if you need various herbs, that adds up fast. Here are a few ways that you can get those same herbs and spices for much cheaper, leaving you more money to pay off debts.
If you walk down the spice aisle, you will be blown away by how much common spices cost. In a recipe that calls for three or four spices, you’ll find yourself spending up to $20! One way to save a few bucks is to head to the international aisle. Often, the spices in this aisle are the exact same and cost less because they are not recognizable brand names. I like to buy Badia brand spices because they are only $1-2 and have never disappointed — I particularly like their curry, black pepper, and cayenne pepper.
You can also buy spices from discount stores, like Christmas Tree Shops. They’ll sell large bottles of dried herbs or spices for less than $1! They last quite a long time and are significantly cheaper than the grocery stores. I have a bottle of garlic powder that I’ve been working through for three years!
Herbs are equally expensive, particularly fresh herbs. You can cut costs by growing your favorite herbs in pots in your backyard or on your steps. If you live in New England like me, or in an area with frigid winters, you can grow those herbs on your kitchen window sill as well. They make for a beautiful splash of green in the kitchen, while constantly providing fresh flavors and nutrition.
Did you buy a whole pack of fresh herbs but only used some of it? Herbs tend to go bad quickly, but you can try freezing them. Chop the herbs and put them in an ice cube tray, then add a little water or broth and freeze. You can add the cubes to your favorite recipes, including soups, stir fries, and sauces.
For more money-saving grocery tips and recipes, see our other Eat Your Way to Debt Relief blogs.