This is sort of an appendix to my pantry list. But here, we are focused only on the spice drawer. You can buy one of those pre-stocked spice racks if you want to, but over the years I have figured out what I really needed, and half of it wasn't on that damn spice rack (or, the spice rack did not have nearly enough of it). And sometimes they put weird, unecessary stuff on there. Meh. I usually go to the health food store that sells bulk spices, and just buy small plastic bags of what I need more of, to refill the jars I already have in my spice rack. I hate waste.
So here's my list. If I missed something, please comment, your input is invaluable to curating a really comprehensive document.
First, let me start by listing the only items you might possibly really need to buy IN BULK at costco for regular amounts of home cooking:
Salt (I buy kosher salt for cooking, and red hawaiian salt for serving at the table, and then I have a small round bottle of regular salt for my salt shaker)
Step away from the half gallon of seasoning salt.
I keep a few blends - Emerils, Mrs Dash, Bells, Old Bay, Spike, herbs de provence, lemon pepper, steak seasoning, and garam masala
I have a small tube of saffron for very special occasions
I also keep on hand:
garlic powder (NOT garlic salt)
And I keep a few emergency packs of dried seasoning/sauce mix: