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Buy from Bulk Bins and Save a Bundle
Mar 28 2011 07:05 PM | Doreen Kukral  in Feeding Your Family -----
How often have you headed to your pantry to retrieve an ingredient only to stand there wiping dust from the package? You can’t even recall how old the ingredient is, or if you should even risk using it.

Then, you make the dreaded decision… you toss it in the trash and add it to your grocery list.

While this may seem the safest bet (so as not to ruin what you’re planning to prepare) it can also become quite costly.

Instead, consider buying from bulk bins. For foods like grains, spices, baking ingredients, coffee, tea and even meats purchased from the counter, this can be your wisest choice. (This is often the case, but not always, so take time for some comparison shopping.)

Many times, by avoiding the extra expense of pre-measured packaging, the cost can be substantially lower and you only need to buy what you actually plan to use.

It’s also helpful if you’re trying something new. If you decide to attempt a brand new recipe (and it happens NOT to be a hit with your family) the rest of the ingredients don’t go to waste.

The environmental side of me also happens to like the fact that, as mentioned, it avoids extra packaging that will get tossed away. You can always bring your own containers to use and reuse. Take some measuring tools with you too and you’ll be absolutely accurate with what you need. Just be sure that your container doesn’t add extra weight to add to the price.

Make a list, check it twice, buy only what you need and the money you save is, well… money you didn’t need to spend in the first place.

Doreen Kukral is creator of, a popular weblog that offers a glimpse into her family’s journey to "going green". With her contributions to Money Minded Moms she hopes to inspire others by sharing realistic ideas and information necessary to make wise choices where family health, wellness and environmental conservation are concerned and dispel the myth that going green is a costly commitment.
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Vicky Collins 

28 March 2011 - 07:30 PM
I have just recently started buying from the bins and have been really happy with the prices and the selection is great!

Like you said it's a great way to try out a new food without having to buy a big container of it.

Thanks for the great tips!

Doreen Kukral 

29 March 2011 - 10:20 AM
Thanks, Vicky! Sadly, I learned this tip the hard way. After a few new recipes (that didn't pan out with the family) and seeing "mostly full" containers of ingredients collect dust, I changed my ways. :)
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