Organic foods are notoriously expensive. But you can save an average of 89% when you buy organic foods in bulk, compared to organic packaged counterparts. Not only will you save money, you will also eliminate packaging, saving hundreds of millions of pounds of waste from going into the landfills each year.
Keep in mind that purchasing large quantities of foods that are unhealthy (like candy or pasta) or that you end up throwing away is not a good deal for your health or pocketbook. For example, while a 50-pound bag of organic brown rice or a 15-pound bag of nuts may seem like a good deal, keep in mind that grains and nuts easily go stale and rancid when stored too long. When storing bulk dry goods, use airtight containers and keep them in a cool, dry and dark place. Raw nuts should be kept in the refrigerator. Here are some tips to keep your groceries fresh for longer.
You could also buy directly from a local farmer to get healthy, locally grown, organic food for less than you can find at your supermarket. To find a local farmer near you, visit www.localharvest.org.