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For almost a year now I’ve been doing a lot of ‘5 Things’ posts. I don’t even remember the reason I picked the number 5 the first time but I stuck with it nonetheless. But, for most of those topics, there are wayyy more than 5 Things I could talk about. So, for the next little while I’ll be adding to some of those lists, starting with Foods you Should Buy in Bulk to help save on your grocery shopping.
10. Nut Butters
Nut butters are expensive, especially if you eat the natural stuff that’s just nuts. But, when you buy store bought nut butters some of the expense goes towards paying for the brand. I used to try to stock up on jars of nut butters when they were on sale in the grocery. It lasts forever and is easy to store, so buying in bulk works.
But, recently I found another solution. The baking store I go to sells generic natural nut butter. It may not be ‘Skippy’ or some other brand name, but it’s just as good. Plus, it’s a little cheaper since you don’t have to pay for the brand. If that isn’t an option for you, find out if your grocery has a make your own nut butter station. I absolutely recommend that you take advantage of it because it’ll definitely be cheaper in the long run.
9. Maple Syrup/Honey
Maple syrup, honey and other natural liquid sweeteners are expensive. At the grocery store, even the smallest jars of the stuff can bankrupt you. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I always use liquid sweeteners in my recipes so I go through them like water since I bake so much.
A couple places I’ve found that have more reasonable prices for maple syrup and honey are farmers’ markets and bulk food stores. Once every couple of months I stock up on a litre or two of maple syrup and half that of honey. It may not be as convenient as picking some up in the grocery but the savings are worth it, I promise.
This one is iffy as flour can go bad, especially in warmer climates. There’s nothing worse than pulling the flour out of the back of the pantry to finally make those brownies you’ve been craving only to find it overrun with weevils. Not fun. Trust me. It isn’t as bad if you live in a temperate country and bake often. I buy a huge bag of flour every month or so, portion out a few cups at a time into a glass container and store the rest in the pantry. I haven’t had issues with it going bad yet.
Tip: If you bake often but live in a warm climate and are concerned about weevils, I recommend storing the flour you won’t be using right away in the freezer in a ziplock bag or other airtight container.
Spices last forever. At least I think they do. In the grocery, there are a few ways to buy spices. First are the huge bottles like you’d get a Costco, which can be pretty cost effective. Unfortunately, storing them takes up a lot of room that I don’t have in the kitchen. Next are the smaller, usually brand name, bottles that cost a mint. And finally there are the bigger bags of spices that you can use to refill said small bottles.
My money saving tip is to buy the refill bags only. I used to just use the spices right out of the bag, but last year I got small shakers from the dollar store (3 for $1) and started portioning the spices out into those and storing the baggies in the pantry until I needed to refill. It’s a lot less messy looking and still pretty cheap.
6. Frozen Fruit
I use frozen fruit all the time, especially I get smoothie obsessed. I know that some people like using fresh fruit in their smoothies but it’s not always possible. Sometimes the fruit I want isn’t in season, or I just want to eat it, not drink it. But usually, I prefer frozen fruit in my smoothies so I can skip the ice since my blender doesn’t handle it well.
Anyway, I digress. Whatever the reason, I like to stock up on frozen fruit when it’s on sale, because it usually doesn’t go bad. Just remember to make sure that there are no added sugars or other additives and you’re good to go.
Tip: You can also freeze fresh fruit when it goes on sale as that can sometimes work out to be cheaper
What about you?
What foods do you buy in bulk? Where do you do your bulk food shopping? Do you think buying in bulk is always cheaper?
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