You can buy as much or as little as you need, so it’s a good idea for you to experiment with new products without fear of commitment kicking in.
What are some of the benefits of shopping in bulk?
- Less packaging means less waste and is, therefore, a smarter environmental choice.
- Buying more at once saves on time and gas and other related expenses.
- Many of our bulk offerings are naturally or organically grown.
- Buy hard-to-find items.
- It’s eco-friendly.
- Buying in bulk is typically less expensive per unit.
- Zero upfront yearly membership fee to worry about before you can start shopping.
What can I buy in bulk?
Some of the items that stands out as good bulk purchases:
Food Items (click any item in list below for more product detail)
- Rice: white, brown, and just about every other variety
- Alkaline Water
- Fruit Juices
- Oats: instant, rolled, steel-cut
- Special & Gourmet Teas: black tea, chai tea, chamomile tea, English favorites, green tea, herbal tea, iced * bottled teas, pu-erh teas, rooibos & oolong teas, wellness tea, white tea, etc.
- Trail Mixes
- Nuts: cashews, almonds, walnuts, peanuts, etc.
- Nut butters
- Spices: from cinnamon to curry, nutmeg to smoked paprika
- Pasta, including couscous
- Dried fruits: apples, papayas, banana chips, dates, raisins, etc.
- Dried mushrooms
- Dried seaweed
- Flours: white, wheat, rye, gluten-free, etc.
- Seeds: pumpkin, sunflower, poppy, sesame, etc.
- Maple syrup
- Oils: olive, canola, vegetable, sesame
- Vinegar: apple cider, white, bragg, etc.
- Tomatoes: whole, diced, sauces, etc.
- Beans: kidney, black, chickpeas, etc.
- Soup stocks and broths
- Condiments: syrup, garlic, honey, jam & spreads, marinades & sauces, olives, salad dressings, salsa, etc.
Non-Food Items (click any item in list below for more product detail)
- Aluminum foil
- Alkaline Water Pitchers
- Molecular Hydrogen
- Natural Water Ionizers
- Electrical Water Ionizers
- Gift Certificates
- Plastic wrap
- Sandwich bags
- Trash bags
- Cleaning products
- Shampoo and conditioner
- Soaps, toothpaste, mouthwash, deodorant
- Laundry detergent
- Toilet paper
- Paper towels
- Air Freshener
- Bags & Totes
- Energy Savers
- Grocery Bags
- Kitchen Essentials
- Kitchen Soaps & Cleaners
- Party Supplies
- Soaps & Cleaners
- Tableware & Cutlery
- Party Supplies
How To Shop In Bulk
- Keep in mind that price per-unit is king: Remember, the entire goal of a bulk buy is to make sure that the cost per unit is reasonable low, then buying a ton when that cost per unit is low.
- Always best to bulk buy an item you have tried before: Don’t waste your time bulk buying an item unless you’ve personally used it and you know that it works for your needs.
- Bulk buy perishable items if you’re going to go home and process all of it immediately. Having a plan for all of it then it can still be a good buy. Without a plan, though, a bulk buy of a perishable item could be more trouble than it’s worth.
- Stack coupons or take advantage of discount sales when bulk buying. The ideal time to bulk buy is when you can stack coupons or get discount sales on top of bulk purchases.
- Make sure you have adequate storage space before buying in bulk. Storage room in the basement or a large kitchen pantry is an excellent spot for stowing away bulk purchases so that they don’t take up kitchen space.
- Don’t pin yourself against the wall by running out of non-perishables. A good rule of thumb to establish is whenever you see your inventory is reduce to one or two items left out of your bulk stash of an item, start actively looking for a bargain or sale discount on that item.
- Try not to bulk buy everything at once unless you have a big bankroll. So as not to undo the financial advantages of bulk buying.
- Split up bulk buys with friends and family.
How To Store?
Food storage will vary from item to item. The best approach also varies by climate, so the best advice may come from friends, neighbors, and local school or government entities.
- Store bulk floor in bags inside your buckets. Measure out 12 cups of flour per bag and get as much air out of it as you can. Place the bags inside of your buckets. One bucket will hold 6 plastic bags of flour. Another approach is to transfer the flour to a food-grade container (plastic, glass, etc.) with a tight-sealing lid. This will keep your flour from absorbing moisture, and ensure that insects and other pests can't get to it. If you plan to use your flour within a few weeks, the packaging it came in should be sufficient. However, flour takes up moisture and dries out easily, so if you are storing it for longer than that then the advice as recommended above is the best approach.
- Fruits and vegetables stored at room temperature should be removed from any packaging and left loose. Some items, like apricots and avocados, will ripen faster in a paper bag on the counter-top.
- As a general guideline, whole grains have a shorter shelf life than refined grains, because the germ part of the grain (that is removed during the refining process) can cause it to become rancid over time. However, grains typically last several months without much special effort, and most can stay fresh up to a year if stored properly in a freezer. The general idea for most grains is that they like cool, dark places and airtight containers! As for hot/humid climates, the same thing applies to grains as it did to flours. Refrigeration is optimal.
- Ideally, bread would be kept at room temperature in a cool, dry place. Refrigeration can dry it out, and make it go stale faster. But during the summer (and potentially year-round for the hot/humid climates) mold might grow fast enough to make putting it in the fridge your best option.
- Ideal storage for nuts and seeds is in a tightly sealed glass jar in the refrigerator. Move them to the freezer if you won’t be using them within a month of purchasing.
- Light and air are enemies to dried herbs and spices, so store them in airtight containers in a dark cupboard (or in opaque containers if you have them out on a spice rack). You can refrigerate or freeze them, and it will improve freshness and shelf life, but given their relatively stable state, refrigerator real estate is usually reserved for other food items.
- As a general practice, most pantry staples stay good if placed in airtight containers and stored in cool temperatures.