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Bulk Foods & Cheap Meals
Buy bulk food and save money! Choosing the right bulk foods enables you to make healthy, cheap meals.
It's also a good idea to stockpile non-perishable foods for emergencies and hard economic times.
A large bag of wheat, lentils, sugar, rice, beans, coffee, or tea will be less expensive on a unit price basis than a small bag.
Look at price per kg/gram, or pound/ounce - working out the unit cost will tell you whether you're really saving. A lot of stores will list this information for you. A large size that costs you .82 per serving isn't worth it if the smaller size costs you .50 per serving.
Just remember that you need to actually use the product! Buying food in bulk and then leaving it to gather dust in your cupboard rather defeats the purpose of the exercise.
If you don’t think you’d use up bulk products within a reasonable time, get together with a friends or relatives and split the cost.
You’ll all benefit from the food savings and will become leaner and more beautiful as a result of your new regime.
You can buy foods like nuts, pulses, grains, etc. But you can also buy drink mixes, cereals, and freeze dried and dehydrated food. Keep an open mind when you check out your local stores.
Ask how often foods are changed or rotated in the store. You want food that's fresh.
You don't need to buy it all at once. Buy one food item at a time as your budget allows. Make good use of your freezer. If chicken legs are on sale one week, buy as much as you can afford and freeze what you don't use immediately.
Keep an eye out for items you use regularly, and if you see them on sale, buy several months' worth.
A lot of bulk foods (especially dried pulses and beans) have a long shelf live and will last long enough for you to work up to actually using them in recipes :)
Save on gas - fewer trips to the supermarket
If there's a warehouse club type store in your area (like Costco or a Sam's Club) it may be worth paying the annual fee to join if they stock bulk food itmes you'll actually use.
You don't necessarily have to shop in a specialized store to buy in bulk. Buy the largest size available in your supermarket if the unit price is right.
Buy fruits and vegetables that are on sale and in season (which generally means they're cheaper). Can or freeze the excess. Try your local farmers' market. If there's a co-operative store in your area, check it out.
Make up your weekly menu from what's on sale and fresh that week.
Store in airtight food containers: plastic bins and boxes, or glass jars.
Find a place in your home that's dry and cool (but still reasonably accessible).
Be sure to freeze flour and grains before storing them, in order to to kill any insect life that may be lurking.
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