HOWEVERDME allows accurate measurement, ease of handling and convenient storage of partially used containers.
USE LME for high-volume brewing and when the flavor quality of syrup is clearly better then that of DME
Personally - I use LME but augment with DME when my measurement for LME is short. I use LME from a known source that has been good to me and I know freshness.Also - select a limited number of extracts so that you can rely on the results achieved from your brews.
There are times when one should be fully aware of what the going price at mail-order is, and choose not to support excessive local prices for products. I got my last large bag (55lb) with a LHBS that ordered it in as a full bag for non-outrageous price - OTOH I just bought some online at 3.50 lb (for 3lbs at a whack), and have even seen a hair cheaper than that (without going to full bag quantities) since.My LHBS has LME at $2.49/lb, but DME at $5.75/lb.
The problem is you are buying single bags. You should buy bulk.My LHBS has LME at $2.49/lb, but DME at $5.75/lb. Obviously, I use LME pretty much exclusively. Of course, my brews always end up about 480205309 SRM darker than they should be, but I was doing ~2 gal boils for 5gal batches. Should be picking up a 30qt turkey fryer this weekend, so being able to do a 5gal boil + late addition should solve that problem I hope.