When it comes to buying in bulk, admittedly, the savings can be a hit or miss.
For example, stocking up on the wrong things can lead to waste and spoilage. However, buying the right items in bulk at the grocery store, local health food store and co-op, or directly from the farmer can be a great way to slash your monthly grocery bill and save a small fortune.
But, that’s not the only reason to shop bulk!
Defining Buying in Bulk
Before we go any further, let’s make a quick clarification — the buying in bulk that I am talking about should not be misunderstood.
I’m not referring to shopping for bulk buys at the members-only, big box stores like Sam’s Club and/or Costco. That’s a whole different animal and represents a very different type of “buying in bulk”; one often associated with excess and waste.
The bulk purchases I am referring to are the kind you’d find occupying an entire section or aisle at your local grocery or health food store. These bulk bins usually offer all sorts of foods — from dried fruit to nuts to dried beans, grains, and herbs.
Buying in bulk is not limited to the grocery store. Often times, large sacks of grains and beans can be purchased directly from the farmer at a fraction of the cost, making bulk merchandise one of the most frugal ways to slash any grocery budget.
This style of purchasing food lays the groundwork for my monthly grocery budget and underpins my ability to feed our family. Many people question the benefits of buying in bulk and ask if it’s really worth it. The simple answer is “yes”!
But read these benefits and decide for yourself…
The Benefits of Buying in Bulk
There are countless benefits to buying in bulk. Many of the benefits look different for every family.
In my own personal experience, I have found the following advantages undeniable, and they have fueled my love for buying in bulk.
Protects the Environment
When we purchase bulk items we are, as a by-product of our actions, reducing our carbon footprint. By eliminating the need for wasteful packaging, buying in bulk lessens the amount of trash that ends up in garbage dumps. Likewise, the transportation of goods is simplified, thereby easing the burden of CO2 emissions.
When done correctly, buying in bulk can save an average family up to 50% on their monthly grocery budget. It allows me the freedom to buy products that would be undeniably more expensive if purchased in smaller amounts. For example, organic pastured meats suddenly become more affordable when purchased in bulk, directly from the farmer.
Buying in bulk allows me to avoid daily, and even weekly, trips to the grocery store. Having what I need on hand at all times is a tremendous time saver.
The benefits of reduced waste when buying in bulk have been known for years. This method of purchasing goods allows the individual the freedom to determine an exact amount of food that is needed, decreasing the quantity of food wasted when using pre-packaged products.
Helps to Promote Local Sustainability
Whenever there is an ability to obtain goods directly from the producer, in this case the farmer, it should be made a priority. Buying in bulk can provide even deeper savings when purchases are made straight from the farm. Planning ahead for storage of 25-50 pounds of grains and/or dried beans is worth the effort if it’s food you and your family regularly eat.
Allows for Personal Accommodation
Plainly put, buying from the bulk bins offers you the opportunity to select the perfect amount of food. And there’s no pressure to pay for something you won’t use. Instead, you are able to choose exactly what you need; whether that’s just enough cumin to spice up that new beef recipe or plenty of quinoa to make a big batch of salad.
Are you ready to learn more!?!
Because I’m passionate about saving you money…I am happy to freely give you a PDF copy of my eBook Buying in Bulk.