Back in March 2010, my sis got me some vanilla beans from Indonesia. Then, DH's ex-collg gave me some from NZ. I googled for ways to make vanilla extract but had been procrastinating and no action was made. After more than a year, I finally dump some beans into my sugar jar to make vanilla sugar. How silly, I should have done that much earlier. Now, how difficult is it to throw in 2 beans into a sugar jar?
If you are like me, either too lazy or no time to sterilize bottles to make your own extract, try making your own vanilla sugar first. At least you've taken the first baby step ;-)