Blend It Yourself
While fresh spices are a worthy splurge, most spice blends -- Italian seasoning, Cajun seasoning, chai spices, chili powder and curry powder -- are not, Kellogg said. Most, she said, are just blends of basic spices. "The savory blends for meat – think the 'chicken enhancers' and 'beef enhancers' -- are mostly salt, pepper and sugar with a few other seasonings mixed in," she says. To save money, just mix up your own as needed.