Guest Post- Winco vs. Walmart Spice Price

04/21/2010 9:00 am · 6 comments

by Sarah A Thrifty Mom

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Thanks to Utah Deal Diva for passing this great info along.

After the holidays, I took a trip to Winco to do my weekly grocery trip and browsed the bulk food section. If you’ve never wandered around that section before, I highly recommend it- the sheer variety is offers is incredible! Several different types of flours, pastas, and of course, all the spices. I took the opportunity to scoop a little of a couple different types of spices into the baggies provided and when it came time to check out, I was shocked at how inexpensive it was!

I came home and dumped the spices into my then-empty jars. I refilled my jar of cumin. For only .22. Not even a quarter! That got me wondering just how the bulk spice prices compared to other stores with relatively low cost spices, like Walmart. I knew they’d be lower of course as when we purchase the item at a regular grocery store, we’re paying for the packaging as well. However, what I wasn’t prepared for was exactly how much lower

I compared 40 spices in the Winco bulk foods section to Walmart’s lowest priced item and Winco was an average of 56% less!

The top five most overpriced items at Walmart were: bay leaves {98% less at Winco}, cinnamon sticks {98% less at Winco}, chives {98% less at Winco}, rosemary {97% less at Winco} and basil {95% less at Winco.}
Of the 40 items I compared, 18 of the spices {nearly half} were at least 70% less expensive when you purchased them in the Winco bulk foods section. Ten of the spices were at least 90% cheaper!

Here is a chart showing several common spices and their cost differences: {click chart to enlarge}

When looking at this chart, remember that the items from Walmart came in bottles or jars of varying weights. Winco’s items were all priced per 16 oz, which is a pound.

 

Now, it’s safe to say that a majority of spices are less expensive at Winco. However, that wasn’t the case with all forty! There were 4 spices that were actually cheaper at Walmart, them being: lemon pepper {70% cheaper at Walmart}, onion powder {8% cheaper at Walmart}, garlic salt {3% cheaper at Walmart}, and chili powder {2% cheaper at Walmart.} There were also very minimal differences in regular salt and baking soda.
I’m so glad I compared the costs! As someone who cooks frequently, I go through some spices fairly quickly and it’s nice to know I have a low-cost alternative to paying full price at the grocery store. Next time you run out of a certain spice, save the bottle and stop by the bulk foods section at Winco and pay the quarter to refill your spice jar- it’s worth it!

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Jane
Jane

Always check the mexican isle too!!! When I don't want to drive 15 miles to my nearest Winco. I will go to the mexican isle for some spices at my local grocery store. Chili powder, cumin, etc. are in the little baggies for a whole lot less!!!

Montay
Montay

WOW! I am so glad to see this post what a great idea. I am going to do that with all my spices from now on. What a monay saver and "green" to no more wasted empty bottles.

jenissa
jenissa

I need a winco nearby!

Jeanette M
Jeanette M

Thanks for doing this. I had always been told Winco was the place to go for bulk spices.

surviving and thriving on pennies
surviving and thriving on pennies

It's nice to see that someone took the time to do this. Ive always known this but never had the time to actually put it down on paper. Winco is 99% of the time cheaper than Walmart.

Maryhelen
Maryhelen

We did this same comparison and while back and were so glad to find the huge savings! Thanks for this comprehensive look at them all ~ wonderful job!

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