One of my favorite stores (when I'm not visiting my farms/markets) is Bulk Barn. My pantry has been filled with so many foods that I have purchased there; from nuts to dried fruits, to rice and beans. Bulk Barn isn't just a candy store! These stores have so much more to offer than candy actually--such as:
- soup bases, beans, rice, pasta
- sugar, flour, baking supplies
- dried fruit
My typical shopping trip normally includes oatmeal, lentils, split-peas, baking powder/soda, a variety of spices, raisins, dates, cranberries, etc... My favorite purchase, by far, has to be their Organic Natural Peanut Butter. It is sooooo yummy! It's only peanuts and evaporated sea salt and nothing else.
That's another thing that I love about their stores--All of their foods include the ingredients and nutritional information. I like to know what is in my foods and if I can compare similar foods by their ingredients then I feel like I've made the better choice. Tonight, I felt like I needed a chocolate 'treat' and ultimately chose the dark chocolate-covered almonds. The ingredients for this item were the healthiest of all the other 'treats' that were available.
Anyways...getting back to my initial discussion about cost, I will say that Bulk Barn is very inexpensive. Because you are able to buy only the quantity that you need and there is no additional packaging costs the final of your bill is significantly lower than it would be at the grocery store; especially when it comes to their spices. I don't even look at the spice section of the grocery store anymore. They have cinnamon, allspice, bay leaves, poultry seasoning, garlic powder,...the list goes on!
However, before making your trip to Bulk Barn, be sure to check your flyers. They often offer a $3.00 off coupon!