Shop in Bulk and Save Lots of Money

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These simple tricks can help you stock up without breaking the bank.

KNOW WHICH FOODS TO BUY IN BULK

Some foods have an excellent shelf life (meaning they won’t go bad as they sit in your pantry or refrigerator), making them ideal for bulk purchase. Stock your pantry with items like rice, quinoa, oats, beans, lentils, and canned tomatoes. These foods are inexpensive, wholesome, and shelf-stable. Other items that make good bulk purchases are onions, garlic, and potatoes; they will last a long time if stored properly. Even boxes of cereal or crackers can last for up to six months if they’re stored in a cool, dark place.

KNOW WHICH FOODS TO AVOID

Unless you have a plan to use an item quickly (or can utilize techniques like canning, preserving, or freezing), avoid buying highly perishable foods in bulk. Fresh fruits and vegetables (like tomatoes, bananas, or avocados) and many dairy products (like yogurts and soft cheeses) will go bad before you can use such a large quantity.

KNOW HOW TO EXTEND THE SHELF LIFE OF HIGHLY PERISHABLE ITEMS

If you do find an excellent deal on a bulk quantity of a highly perishable item and you know how to preserve it, then it is worth stocking up. Even if you don’t know how to can or jar foods for an extended shelf life, making a quick red sauce from a surplus of tomatoes and freezing it, for example, could save you money if you plan correctly. Other ideas include turning bread into croutons or breadcrumbs, transforming bulk berries into easy homemade fruit leather, or chopping and freezing fresh vegetables.

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SOURCE: MSN Food & Drink

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