Next time you need to buy spices, skip the spice isle and first check out the ethnic or international isle. You can often find the same spices for much less.
For example, I ran out of cumin and looked for it in the spice isle. This 2 oz. bottle costs around $3.75.
Then I went to the Mexican food area and they had this bag of cumin (1 & 1/16 oz.) for only $ .59 So for $1.18, I bought a little more than double what I could have paid $3.75 for.
In Maceys, the grocery store where I bought them, the Mexican food isle also had sesame seeds, nutmeg, paprika, ground cloves, bay leaves and oregano for $ .59 or $ .69 a package. Another tip: I kept my empty bottle from the cumin I had finished and filled it with the cumin I bought in the bag since it isn’t very convenient to store it in a bag.