Save Money by Mixing Your Own Seasonings
In addition to my new drying rack and dented grocery savings, I visited the bulk grocery store to purchase seasonings.
I used a recipe from the Tightwad Gazette (affiliate link) to mix my own seasoning salt. Lawry’s is a staple in my home and not especially expensive, but I wanted to try my own.
I calculated the cost of my own seasoning to be $.23 per ounce. This means that a standard 4.5 ounce bottle of seasoning must cost $1.04 to break even. I have not priced Lawry’s salt but I know it costs more than $1.04! I used to purchase seasonings when they went on sale for $.50 for tiny .4 ounce bottles… ouch! Bulk spices are the way to go.
The packaging is so much better, too! They will make great freezer containers.
You can figure the cost of your own seasoning salts and mixes.
- First, figure cost per ounce of each seasoning. (Total cost/total ounces)
- Convert the tablespoon amount of each seasoning to dry ounces. 2 tablespoons=1 oz.
- Multiply the ounces of each item used by the cost per ounce of each item.
- Add up total ounces of the recipe and total prices of the recipe.
- Divide the total price by total ounces to find price per ounce of the recipe.
I encourage you to price out the cost of mixing your own seasonings from bulk. I have found it to be very economical, and the packaging is much more practical.
- I like to use Lawry’s salt on my leftover veggie fritattas.
- I calculate the cost of convenience in this Monday Math Quiz
- Repurpose a Parmesan cheese container for your seasoning mixes.