Buying Bulk Organic Food to Save
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Buying Bulk Organic Food to Save

Posted on Monday, January 16th, 2012 at 3:12 pm
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Do you like to buy organic food, but don’t like the effect it has on your grocery bill? By buying bulk organic food, you can save money without sacrificing the nutritious benefits of eating organic. Sometimes you will find you can even get organic food for less than regular food! Here’s how.

Where to Buy Bulk Organic Food

There are several places you can find bulk organic foods. Check for bulk containers at your local natural food store, join a food co-op or buying club, and even check your local supermarket. Sometimes you can even order bulk organic food online! At the store, look for the bulk organic products in large sacks or bag (often on the bottom shelf).

Another great way to reap the benefits of bulk organic food without having huge quantities to store and worry about using up is to find a friend to split your groceries with. This way, you both get the benefits without the disadvantages or inconvenience of too much bulk.

What Organic Food to Buy in Bulk

As with any groceries, it is best to buy non-perishable foods or foods that can be frozen in bulk. Here are some guidelines for what organic foods to stock up on when buying in bulk.

  • Flour and grains. I like to buy organic grains, such as oats and rice, in bulk. Just make sure you have a large, sealed container to keep them in to avoid bugs. It’s also convenient to have these things on hand for spontaneous baking.
  • Sugar. The same goes for sugar as with flour and grains.
  • Nuts. If you store them in a cool, dry storage space they should last for at least 4 months.
  • Beans and lentils. Again, keep them in a cool, dry storage space to retain optimal freshness.
  • Meat. I’ve noticed that buying organic meat in bulk portions saves a lot of money. When I get home I just separate it into separate bags and put it in the freezer. Just remember to thaw it a day or two ahead of cooking.
  • Some fruits and vegetables. Buying bulk bags of organic fruits, such as apples, is a lot cheaper than buying them individually. Apples tend to last quite a while (even months when refrigerated). To get the best prices on bulk organic produce, buy in season. When they are not in season, you can still stock up on preserved or dried organic produce for less!

 

When to Bulk Organic Food

I tend to buy bulk organic food about every 4-6 months. Things such as grains will last a while. I make sure to use up my stock completely before replenishing to avoid any waste. Just make sure you keep your bulk organic buys in a cool, dry storage space. Oh, and don’t forget to calculate the unit prices to make sure that your bulk buy is really saving money!

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.