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Why Buy In Bulk

May 17, 2012

Reposted from Frugally Sustainable

There are countless benefits to buying in bulk and benefits look different for every family. Consider the following:

Protects the Environment
When we purchase bulk items we are, as a by-product of our actions, reducing our carbon footprint. By eliminating the need for wasteful packaging, buying in bulk lessens the amount of trash that ends up in garbage dumps. Likewise, the transportation of goods is simplified, thereby easing the burden of CO2 emissions.

Saves Money
When done correctly, buying in bulk can save an average family up to 50% on their monthly grocery budget. It provides the freedom to buy products that would be undeniably more expensive if purchased in smaller amounts. For example, organic pastured meats suddenly become more affordable when purchased in bulk, directly from the farmer.
Saves Time
Buying in bulk allows me to avoid daily, and even weekly, trips to the grocery store. Having what I need on hand at all times is a tremendous time saver.

Helps to Promote Local Sustainability

Whenever there is an ability to obtain goods directly from the producer, in this case the farmer, it should be made a priority. Buying in bulk can provide even deeper savings when purchases are made straight from the farm. Planning ahead for storage of 25-50 pounds of grains and/or dried beans is worth the effort if it’s food you and your family regularly eat.

Allows for Personal Accommodation
Plainly put, buying from the bulk bins offers you the opportunity to select the perfect amount of food. And there’s no pressure to pay for something you won’t use. Instead, you are able to choose exactly what you need; whether that’s just enough cumin to spice up that new beef recipe or plenty of quinoa to make a big batch of salad.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. May 17, 2012 8:34 am

    All good points. Keeping it fresh and storing it properly are key elements.

  2. Eric Murtaugh permalink
    May 17, 2012 9:14 pm

    I buy certain items in bulk, but one of the problems I have is exactly what P.C. Zick mentioned. I find it difficult to keep bulk items fresh and stored properly in the plastic bulk bags they have at the grocery store. Any tips? We don’t have a pantry or too much room left in our cabinets.

    • May 18, 2012 5:29 am

      If you notice the photo—using glass jars provides viability of the contents and is airtight.

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