One of my favorite ways to save money on whole foods is buying in bulk.
Granted, buying food in large quantities doesn’t always save money.
You have to be sure and calculate the unit price.
Sometimes it’s a no brainer, though.
Like when I could spend 7.99 on a one-lb bag of sucanat:
Or spend about $1.50 per pound when I buy it in bulk.
Hmm… guess I don’t have to think too hard about that one!
The “issue” with purchasing food in bulk is what do you do with all that food?
For instance, take my bargain from Azure Standard this month: fifty pounds of sucanat.
WHAT DO YOU DO WITH FIFTY POUNDS OF SUCANAT?
(By the way, sucanat is an abbreviation for Sugar Cane Natural… a raw sugar… one of my favorite wholesome sweeteners.)
Well, here’s why I did:
1. Sell it!
That’s right, I sold some of my precious sucanat. 😉
I found a few natural-minded friends in our area who were more than willing to snatch up a few pounds of raw sugar for a bargain.
I sold enough to help pay for the majority of my fifty pounds.
And I still have over thirty pounds to bake and cook with.
2. Store it!
I divided my remaining raw sugar into gallon-size jars and bags for storage.
The bags will probably go into the freezer for safe keeping.
The gallon jar will stay in our pantry with my other bulk goodies.
I should be pretty stocked on raw sugar for a while! 😉
It really isn’t too hard to make buying whole foods in bulk really work for your family.
The main thing is to get creative, think outside the box, and don’t be afraid to try something new.
A willingness to tweak your current grocery shopping habits can really make a difference in the quality of food you can afford to provide your family.
Do you buy in bulk?
How do you store the extra?