Even though you’ll find more coupons for prepackaged products, don’t neglect your store’s bulk section! Health food stores and chain stores like WinCo are renowned for their bulk sections’ wide variety and great prices. From baking ingredients and organic spices to freshly ground peanut butter and honey, the bulk section is rich in delicious diversity. Here are four other reasons why you should consider buying in bulk:

1. Price per pound

Before purchasing, always check out price per ounce/pound to find the best deal. While a 6-ounce package of walnuts in the baking aisle may be $2.99, the bulk section may have them for $5.99 a pound, which is more than 10 cents cheaper per ounce. If you're buying three pounds, the savings would be $5.95!

2. Sale cycles

Just like packaged items, bulk items go on sale and run in sale cycles. For example, I find nuts to be at the lowest prices near the holidays, oatmeal lowest in the winter, trail mix in the summer, and sweets around Halloween. If you can, wait until the items you want go on sale, and stock up. When keeping bulk items for a long period of time, try airtight containers or vacuum sealing and storing in a cool, dry environment to maximize shelf life.

3. Stock up or try out

Need a lot of whole cloves or not sure about that strawberry hemp granola? The bulk bins are great places to stock up big or try out small amounts. This is a big advantage for large and small families alike. When you buy just what you need, you'll cut down on waste and save money.

4. Environmentally friendly

Buying in bulk is good for the environment because there is less packaging involved on both the part of the manufacturer and the consumer. You can even help out more by bringing your own reusable bulk sacks (if your store permits). Just remember to write the bin number on the twist tie!

What are your favorite items to get in the bulk section?

4 Reasons Why You Should Shop the Bulk Section