I used to think those big bulk bags of pantry staples where a big hassle and not worth the time or effort! Then came my friend Carmen. She has 6 kids and swears buying those big bags are worth it. One day she came over right after I had gotten back from the grocery store. She saw my 3 bags of popcorn kernels, and my 2 bags of flour, and asked me why I didn’t buy those things in bulk. I said,”Good question!” She then went on to explain to me how cheap it was per pound if you buy in bulk. At that moment a light bulb went off in my head.
Here are just a few examples of things I buy in bulk vs regular size packages.
Regular Size & Price Bulk Size & Price Savings
Popcorn $1.19 per lb. 50 lbs. $24.98 $34.52
Flour $1.93 per 5 lbs. 25 lbs. $7.76 $1.89
Sugar $2.34 per 4 lbs. 10 lbs. $4.76 $1.09
Rice $1.41 per 2 lbs. 25 lbs. $9.48 $8.41
In order to buy in bulk you do need to be prepared with airtight sealing containers to put the bulk items in. I mix and match by adding the items in there original bags. I have 2 air tight containers that I use. They sit on the floor in my pantry. I just take out what I need and add it to a smaller container in my pantry as needed. You do want to shop around warehouse stores don’t always have the best prices. Flour is cheaper at Walmart than anywhere else for me locally.