Those of you who’ve followed my posts since the very beginning know I’m a huge fan of buying items from the bulk bin section. Check out any article on ways to save money and I can guarantee using bulk bin finds makes its way to every single one. Here are some of my favorite reasons to check out that section of your supermarket or co-op-
Not Just Good for Your Wallet
My top reason for buying in bulk is to save money but at the same time I’m also doing something good for the environment too. Less waste on packaging…and yes, those savings get passed along to you. Some places even let you take your own containers. And if you put the plastic bags to a second use, you’re being truly green.
Hard to Find Ingredients
I have to admit I love trying out recipes. Drawback is now and then I need ingredients that are hard to find at my local supermarket. However, I have found that if you take a stroll through the bulk bin aisle you can often find just what you’re looking for. Spices are a good example.
Spices and Herbs
And speaking of spices, I use a lot in cooking and certain spices are pricey but once again check them out in the bulk bin aisle. They can be up to 70% cheaper and yes, fresher too.
I love to buy organic foods but sometimes the price doesn’t fit into my budget. However, I always say living the Budget Smart life means finding a way around these obstacles and this time it’s heading to the bulk bins. I’ve found everything from organic oatmeal to dried cherries, and for a lot less than in the other aisles.
Snacks Get Cheaper
Snacks are great at picking you up from the mid afternoon slump but they’re often a waste of money and not so good for you. I try and make my own and many of the ingredients come from bulk bin finds. Things like wasabi coated peas, sesame crackers, dried fruit etc.
Lunch Box Finds
And what lunchbox or brown bag would be complete with a treat or two. Once again don’t buy ready-made, put together something from the bulk bins.
Beans and More
While I do keep cans of beans in the pantry for emergency meals, these days I’m using more dried beans. Best deals I find are in the bulk bins. They also have beans that I can’t find anywhere else. An once again, many are organic.
Breakfast Just Got Cheaper
Have you noticed how much packaged cereals cost these days? They’re one of many items whose prices have been creeping upwards. Save money by looking for cereals in the bulk bins.
Halloween At a Bargain Price
And, yes, it’s not even fall yet but this Halloween when you go looking for treats to hand out don’t forget that candy can also be found in bulk bins. I often buy them and put them in smaller bags and tie them with ribbon for going home gifts for guests during the holidays too.
Tea and Coffee
And it’s not just food that you can buy, I’ve found some excellent teas in the bulk bins and for around 70% less than I’d pay if the tea was boxed. While I’m not a coffee drinker, I do see lots of people buying coffee beans there too.
And If You’re Not Convinced…
Last year someone sent me information about this site that is all about bulk bin shopping. It has facts and figures and lots of links-http://www.bulkisgreen.org/