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Get more for your money in the bulk bin aisle with these budget-friendly hints.
- Afford organics. When you buy from the bulk bins, there’s less of a price difference between organic and conventional. Here’s one reason why: Organic-food companies are often smaller businesses that manufacture lesser quantities, so their packaging costs can be higher. Selling in bulk costs them less, and they often pass the savings on to you.
- Eliminate waste. Bulk bins are especially useful for pantry essentials with limited shelf life. Experts recommend keeping coffee for no longer than a week and certain spices and nuts for up to a year, for example. By purchasing only as much as you can use in a short time span, you toss less.
- Take it for a test drive. Never had quinoa and not sure you’ll like it? Instead of committing to a big bag, buy a little from a bulk bin to try it out.
- Munch on. The bulk bins aren’t only for raw ingredients. Granola and trail mix can be great, healthy snacks. Buy them from the bins and portion them out for an affordable breakfast or afternoon pick-me-up.
- Lighten up. Spices, nuts and other lightweight items are often where you can find the biggest savings. If your recipe calls for expensive nuts such as pecans or an unusual spice, like cardamom, buy the exact amount you need from the bulk bins.
- Stay safe. People with celiac disease often pay a premium for gluten-free ingredients, but bulk bins can be full of naturally gluten-free items, including flax, millet and buckwheat.