When I stopped into grocery store yesterday I picked up some green beans. If I hadn’t paid any attention I could have easily grabbed a bag of green beans – it was two pounds for $5.99 (or $2.99/lb)
But you know what’s relatively in season right now and available in bulk? Green beans. $0.88 cents a pound! That is a savings of 70% per pound versus the packaged green beans. . .plus they have less packages and are probably fresher than the pre-bagged ones. AND. . .you can buy a volume that best aligns with what you’ll use (something you can’t do with pre-bagged) and this reduces your waste (saves you money). There is going to be a little more prep involved – I’ll need to trim the edges/stems, but for a 70% discount I’m happy to do that.
And keep in mind – sometimes bulk is more expensive! Yesterday at my store, brussels sprouts were $3.99/lb in a bulk bin. But you could opt for a 24 oz package for $3.99 – making the packaged option, the better per-price pound!
The money-saving lesson here is . . .if you are buying a certain type of produce, check the bulk, organic and packaged sections – then pick the best option based on your preferences. Sometimes organic is cheaper than conventional and if the prices are comparable, I’ll go with organic bulk!
Oh. . .and don’t forget the marked down area – sometimes they are in perfectly good shape but have a closer sell-by date so they’ll be less expensive.