If you can get to a Whole Foods or other store where spices are sold in bulk do it! They'll say like $20.00 a pound, but you can get as little as you want in small ziplock bags to try for just cents! I continue to buy all my spices there because they seem very fresh, theres a very wide variety, in alphabetical order so things are easy to find, and I can try different spices in one time use amounts.
If you like seafood type flavors, Old Bay is great!
In the summer plan on an herb garden. Fresh basil makes great pesto, and a plant will grow all summer.
Discount stores often have awesome buys. i got a big container of whole nutmegs for about $2.00. Much better than ground.
Whole spices really are worth the trouble for the most part, esp. if you like Indian foods.
I'd suggest not buying most spice blends, but sticking to individual spices and then mixing up small quantities as needed. Especially curry powder. Most commercial blends are atrocious. In general a good plan is to buy spices whole and then grind them as needed (a coffee grinder works well and they're pretty cheap). Some spices are prepped differently (nutmeg is grated with a nutmeg grater for example [a file can sub for the special nutmeg tool]), but a coffee grinder works with quite a few.
Smoked paprika, corriander, allspice, cloves, mustard seed, fennel seed, ancho chilli powder, cumin, cayanne pepper, zahtar, sesame seeds, juniper berries, 5spice powder, tumeric, saffron and cajun seasoning (though I like to make my own which is smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder and cayanne pepper I add the salt and pepper as needed don't like it in spice mixtures)
Prob forgetting something but that is a good place to start
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