Mother Earth News says the best option is to buy in large quantities through a food club which, in the study they cite, provided an average savings of 54 percent for 14 staple products over the packaged supermarket versions.
Read More: Dry Goods and Staples: Costs for Packaged vs. Case vs. Bulk at Mother Earth NewsRegarding buying from the bulk BIN: Buying from the bulk bin—which, contrary to buying in bulk, means you buy smaller quantities as needed for a (generally) cheaper price— is great for things like spices and soft grains, but one study found that it was actually more expensive to buy nuts and seeds from the bulk bin. Best to always check the price per pound and compare the packaged version vs. its bulk bin counterpart.
Read the full post here: Buying from the Bulk Bin: Why It's Not Always the Cheaper OptionShopping for Bulk Foods • How To Buy and Store Bulk Foods • Conscientious Cook: Which Foods to Buy in Bulk • Online Food Co-ops: Collective Shopping Made Convenient • Shopping Tip: Mark the Tare Weight On Your Containers • Good Reminder: Buy Spices from Bulk Bins • Origami Cloth Food Sacks • No More Plastic Bags: Kootsac Food Storage Sacks Storing and Organizing Bulk Foods • Storing and Organizing Bulk Foods in a Small Kitchen? • Pantry Organization: Put Your Grains In Jars • Scooping in Style! Bulk Bin Scoops at Home • Best Spice Storage Solution: Mason Jars • Thrifty Kitchen: 6 Ways to Reuse Oatmeal Tins! • Quick Tip: Five Ways to Re-Use Yogurt Containers • 10 Practical Ideas for Better Spice Storage
What do you buy in bulk, either from the bulk bin or in large quantities?It's Reader Request Week on The Kitchn! This post was requested by lesleyida. (Image: N/A/Shutterstock)