I get so many questions every year about my pantry and what I do buy rather than produce myself that I want to do a couple of posts on just that subject. Again this is the way that I do things and this is what works for me. I encourage you to find your own norm for your family. Everyone is different and every situation and location is different.
Tip number one is buy in bulk when you can. This type of buying eliminates the pretty package and the expense that goes with that along with the money to advertise and such. Bottom line is that you get more for your money. I am fortunate to live in an area where I have several locations mostly Amish where I have this option. For things like spices, flour, oats and such it can't be beat. There are places online where you can order these things also. In the photo above are 5 pound bags of flour in my freezer awaiting being moved to my flour canister as I use it.
I buy it in bulk in these plastic bags and save as much as 1/3 the price of what it is labeled for in the store. Other things I like to buy like this are bags of coconut, spices, rice and oats. I freeze them to discourage bugs and then take it out and store in large jars.
1 pound of tapioca costs 1/4 of what it sells for in the store!
The same with corn starch I just simply take it out of the bags and store it in either canning jars or old mayo jars.
Dried raisins also can be bought in bulk. I use them in my granola, cookies and in my morning oatmeal. They also make a great healthy snack for my grandkids.
I can get 1/2 pound cinnamon for under a dollar. That would not even buy one of those little jars in the store.
Popcorn and powdered cheddar cheese. The cheese makes a great coating on the popcorn. I also get a sour cream and onion that tastes great on popcorn. The cheddar I also use for casseroles and homemade hamburger helper. A pound of my homegrown ground turkey or even ground venison and a hand full of bulk noodles along with this powdered cheese makes a great skillet meal for pennies.
Between my bulk purchases and what I grow and dehydrate myself my spice and baking cabinet overflow most of the time.
And today April 5th this is the only prepackaged food in my whole house.
What do you buy in bulk?
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