I went to the supermarket to pick up what I needed for a cocktail to bring to a BYOB pool party. One ingredient on my list was fresh mint. In the produce department, I noticed live herbs in small starter pots for $2.50, including mint, basil, etc. The mint plant was cheaper than the mint that was packaged, ready-to-use.
I purchased the plant, which stayed perky and fresh for my cocktails at the party, and then brought it home to plant in a pot on my patio. All summer long I had a fresh mint! This can also be done with other herbs such as basil and thyme, too, when needed it for a recipe. Monica