Most Americans travel to the grocery store multiple times each week. The average store visit is 25 minutes; meaning it could be less, but for me it’s always more. Each time we go to the store, extra unnecessary items are purchased. It is a vicious cycle. We need a better option than just running to the store every time we are out of an ingredient. It takes up too much time, money and gas.
By purchasing items in bulk we help eliminate a number of these store visits; therefore, saving time, money and gas. Bulk purchases let us buy things at a less expensive rate because manufacturers generally offer an increased savings for larger purchases. It allows us to frequent the grocer less often and helps us cut back on our spending. Bulk-buying allows for less garbage waste as well because there’s a decreased amount of containers you’re purchasing.
A couple downsides to buying in bulk are providing more money up front and making sure you have a place to store your food. Both things need to be taken into consideration before rushing to the store and filling your car to the brim with extra bulk food storage purchases.
STORING BULK ITEMS
Ideally, you should store the majority of your long term food storage at 55-70 degrees F. Make sure you have your items in air tight containers. Augason Farms has a wide selection of food storage items in 6 gallon and 4 gallon pails that are ideal for bulk-buying. They stack easily, are in air tight containers and have a long shelf life, up to 30 years. Make sure you have easy access to your food storage supplies that you could be using often. You could store bulk items such as flour, sugar, oats, rice, pancake mix, dry milk (if you use those items, of course) and any other heavily used items. Adding gamma seal lids to your pails is another great option so you can easily open and close the pails to refill your kitchen canisters of flour, sugar, or any items you use often.
Create a list of items you use on a weekly basis then purchase these items in bulk (of course, if you have the financial means and a place to store the food storage). Some items might need to be fresh, but see what you could substitute with dry items, for example, cooking and baking with dry milk is easy and has a longer shelf life. Look at the other ingredients you use daily; could you substitute fresh with freeze dried or dehydrated? A good example is onions. I had so many onions go bad because I would only use half of an onion at a time, or I would start to make something and then realize I did not have an onion. This is just one reason why dehydrated onions and other like items work better for me.
Decide on the best way to organize your items in your kitchen or pantry. When you are using your bulk ingredients, make sure you have a small, air tight container of your food item in your pantry or on your counter then all you have to do is reach for it. When a bulk item is out, just run to your food storage supply instead of running to the grocery store. Open your lid, refill your small container and take it back to your kitchen.
Buying in bulk becomes more popular as many of us look for ways to cut back on our budget spending. It may require a little more effort upfront, but in the end, it helps simplify our lives.