I finally ran out of powdered ginger a few weeks ago. I was reluctant to buy another jar of it at $2.99 since bottled herbs and spices are usually so expensive compared to the stuff available in bulk stores, so I held off under yesterday when I was in a mall with a bulk store. I put a couple small scoops in the bag, about as much as I thought it would take to fill the old bottle, and then proceeded to the checkout line where I waited patiently for about 5 minutes before I finally got to pay for my purchase. I was astounded that it was only 13 cents. I fumbled around in my change purse and dug out a dime and a nickel. As I was paying I commented to the cashier about how much cheaper it was there than in the bottles in the grocery store. I guess I wasn't listening as she counted out my change, and I shoved the coins in my pocket. As I approached my car I was reaching for my keys and came across my change. It suddenly occurred to me that when she handed me my change she had said 12 cents. Sure enough, there was a dime and a two pennies. So it turned out that the amount of ginger that would have cost $2.99 in the grocery store was only 13 cents in the bulk store, and thanks to the cashier giving me the wrong change, it has cost me 3 cents. My immediate reaction was to think that I should go back and give her the extra change. Then I re-considered going all the back to the far end of the mall, the 5 minute wait. It just didn't make sense for a measly 10 cents. I am sure they will make more than that off me when I go back in a few weeks for the preserved fruit I need for light fruit cakes.