Whether you’re trying to be more sustainable, feeding a large family, or looking to try out new grains and spices, shopping in bulk can be beneficial for all of us. We’ve come up with 4 reasons why you should be buying your staple grocery items in bulk. To find out how it could benefit you and your family, keep reading!
1. You’ll save money
According to SuperMarketGuru.com, buying unpackaged foods in stores offers an average saving of 30 to 50%! If you’ve never compared the prices of pre-packaged foods to bulk items, you may be surprised to know that it is often much more affordable to shop this way. Not only are you avoiding the cost of packaging, but it also reduces the fees of processing and manufacturing each individual bag of food.
To show you the cost difference, we’ve compared the prices of a few items.
- Organic rolled oats: bulk cost: $1.89/lb
Bob’s Red Mill 1 lb. bag of organic rolled oats: $8.99
- Green lentils bulk cost: $4.49/lb
Bob’s Red Mill 1 lb. bag of green lentils: $9.69
- Organic whole cloves: $51.00/lb
Frontier Coop 1.38 oz jar of whole cloves: $8.99
These are just a few examples of the types of savings you can find through buying in bulk. These savings are available for dry goods like beans and grains, spices, herbs, and teas.
2. It’s more sustainable
Did you know you can bring your own bags and jars to shop our bulk section? It’s an easy way to reduce single-use plastic waste. Save your empty jars from items like store bought salsas, pasta sauces, and peanut butter, and bring them in to refill with nuts, spices, and dry beans. It’s a simple way to reduce the amount of waste you produce.
3. Your products will be fresher
Have you ever thought about the freshness of the spices you buy in plastic jars? There’s no way to know how long a bottle of oregano, for example, has been sitting on the shelf of the grocery store before you buy it. By the time you finish the bottle, it’s probably not very fresh.
You can taste and smell the difference in freshness when you buy herbs from our bulk section. We place orders through Frontier Coop on a weekly basis and we consistently monitor expiration dates on our bulk products. You can trust that the bulk items you buy from the Mustard Seed are always fresh, quality products.
4. Stock up + Travel Less
When you buy products in bulk, you can get as much or as little as you want. Reduce your number of trips to the grocery store by buying large quantities of your staple pantry items like oats, beans, nuts, and other dry goods. Spend less time commuting and more time preparing your favorite meals.
Stop by our store to shop our bulk sections, or check out a full list of products we offer in bulk on our website!