It’s National Bulk Foods Week (And I don’t mean BJs or Costcos bulk items) from October 14-20, 2012, food retailers around the country will celebrate and promote the benefits of buying in bulk. Some stores will even offer discounts and promotions for bulk items. For a list of participating retailers in your state, check out this list. One store that is not listed is the 4th Street Food Co-op. I talk about it all the time to my friends. It is located at 58 East 4th Street in Manhattan. In many health food stores and cooperatives, you will see a variety of items in bulk from grains, beans, cereals to even cooking oils, shampoos, and dish soap. Here are 8 reasons to buy bulk this week and every week!
This is just an average cost. A great way to compare is look at the unit cost of the packaged item. This is usually located on the left side of the shelf price tag in an alternate color highlight price per pound, quart, or gallon. If the price per pound is more than the bulk, obviously the bulk is the better buy.
You can further reduce package wasting by bring in your own reusable produce and grain bags. A great example is reusable produce bags by Natural Home. I currently use these bags every week for my bulk grocery shopping and they are great. They are holding up very well. They are made of polyester and have drawstrings.
You can buy a little bit or a lot a bit. You can cater your budget to exactly how much you actually need vs buying more than necessary.
If you stop by the 4th Street Food Co-op this week (58 East 4th Street in Manhattan), mention my post and that it is National Bulk Foods Week to receive 8% off your total purchase. Some packaged goods are the only taxable goods in the store so your actually saving money! You don’t need to be a member to shop there and they have one of the best bulk spices and teas section in the city. To refill my bottle of organic garlic granules cost less than $2.50. POW!
*Bold Bulk facts provided by National Bulk Foods Week council board.