Does it make sense to buy bulk groceries?

Buying in bulkThe Salt just ran an interesting two-part series on whether buying in bulk at the store actually makes sense. As they write, “For price-conscious and waste-averse shoppers, the bulk aisle ought to be the go-to spot of any grocery store. It’s where you can buy just as much as you need, with minimal packaging, while saving money to boot – right?” Actually, they discovered the answer isn’t all that clear-cut.

From an economical viewpoint, depending on the store, buying in bulk can create a large discount from buying a packaged version of the same item or it can, in fact, result in a premium over the package price. However, there are other environmental and practical factors that can make a difference, especially for specialty items. Check out the full story here.

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  • susan g  on  April 16, 2012

    The article was so superficial that it did not enlighten. There must be a source with more depth, charts for instance, to show what the study found.
    I owned a health food business for 29 years, selling bulk through the open barrel stage to the drop down chutes. We went to doing our own packaging to avoid the issues of contamination and infestation that are the downside. Now retired, I will buy some bulk items, but never flour, which deteriorates from exposure to light and air.

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