so on my mission to save some money, i decided to go back to purchasing some of my frequently eaten foods in bulk. many grocers now have a decent bulk foods section. here's a few reasons why you should try it:
- it reduces waste the store supplies thin plastic containers in all different sizes. choose the size most fitting to your needs, and reuse the same tub every time. (i wouldn't store the foods in it though as they aren't very sturdy.) just imagine how many cardboard boxes and plastic bags you're saving from the garbage!
- it is cheaper if you're purchasing things like dry beans, soup mixes, granola, etc. it will save you a lot of money. that is, if you buy this type of food frequently. as a vegetarian i eat a lot of beans and lentils, so buying dry is the way to go.
- helps keep your pantry organized buying bulk permits you to buy whatever quantity of food you want. and you can store it however you want. i chose 32 ounce mason jars as my vessels. i don't cook much food for a single meal, so this way instead of putting a ripped open box or bag -who knows how full- back in the pantry, i can reseal it in the jar, and easily spot what i'm looking for and how much is left.
i'm a little bit shocked that so much of my money spent is on food. i mean, a girls gotta eat, but with some planning ahead it can really make a difference with the money spent.