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One of the best ways to eat whole foods and make the most use of what little time parents have is to buy in bulk and learn how not to waste.

What I mean is this: most people go to a warehouse store and buy six giant green peppers. Then they get  home, make one dish that calls for two peppers and the other four peppers sit in the fridge and go bad. But if you think ahead with your bulk items, not only will you save money but you'll have meals almost prepared ahead of time before you go to make them.

I've compiled a list of some tips on buying whole foods in bulk and how to make the most of your money.


1)      Use your freezer to stay prepped: Things like onions, celery, and peppers are great examples on how to make things versatile and last long. If you buy a bunch, slice half and place in baggies in the freezer for easy access for a quick stir fry. With the other half, dice and place in a small container in the fridge. Add to a skillet in the morning for your omelet or for dinner with in a chili or Mexican dish.

2)      Find multiple uses: If you buy a large package of strawberries and for some reason that week, your three-year old decides that "stwawbewwies are ucky," adapt. Boil them on the stove with some honey and store for a quick, healthy ice cream topper. Put them in the blender and freeze in ice cube trays with toothpicks for "baby ice pops."

3)      If you buy meat in bulk, such as ground meat, take the time out immediately when you get home from the store to break it down. Set one pound aside in a bag for meatloaf, one pound for meatballs, and make the last pound into three large burgers. Label each bag with weight of meat, date, and intention of use - sometimes this reminds you what you needed it for. Wrap any burgers individually in plastic wrap so you can take one out at night for a quick breakfast or lunch the next day.

4)      Portion: Take your snack items, like raw fruits, veggies, and nuts and place them in small containers or baggies on Sunday for a quick and easy grab for the week's lunches and snacks. If you count calories or Points, label the outside of the bag with the totals as you portion them to keep an easy tally.

Do you buy your whole foods in bulk? How do you make the most of your money and time?



by on Mar. 8, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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gacgbaker
by on Mar. 9, 2012 at 4:52 PM


Quoting Rushn311:

I definitely do this with ground beef. It's never wasted. I try to not waste any food the best I can.

We do with ground turkey- we use it in so many things each week, it's easy to use!

suziejax
by Member on Mar. 10, 2012 at 9:47 PM

I do not becaue  I do not have a big freezer and it would get wasted... it tends to go bad before I use all of it ... so I buy every few days since we started a new diet of less meat and more whole foods

lalasmama2007
by on Mar. 10, 2012 at 10:07 PM
I buy meat in bulk, but I don't for most other foods.
ARmom
by on Mar. 11, 2012 at 9:14 AM

I buy in bulk alot since we're a family of 6.  I'm not so good at breaking things apart to store them though.  I love your ideas.  I will make more of an effort to try them.

ARmom
by on Mar. 11, 2012 at 9:16 AM

I always say I'm going to do this, but then never do.  I have my 'standby' dinners  that I make almost every week.  I really need to make a shopping list based on meal plans rather than making my meals based on what I have in the house.

The once or twice I've done it, it has saved me money.

Quoting AndreAnnaRose:

Have you tried setting up a weekly menu plan and shopping list? I find this helps when trying to save money/time while shopping?


ARmom
by on Mar. 11, 2012 at 9:17 AM

I don't know what I'd do without our extra fridge in the garage.  All my bulk items get stored there.  It's worth the investment if you have room. You can buy a used one off craigslist.

Quoting suziejax:

I do not becaue  I do not have a big freezer and it would get wasted... it tends to go bad before I use all of it ... so I buy every few days since we started a new diet of less meat and more whole foods


ARmom
by on Mar. 11, 2012 at 9:20 AM

I buy a lot of snacks in bulk.

Quoting gacgbaker:


Quoting elasmimi:

I never buy fresh produce in bulk. Mostly paper and cleaning products.

Fresh produce is something we won't do in bulk either- it always goes to waste.  


elasmimi
by on Mar. 11, 2012 at 10:18 AM

I do the portion packages of raw veggies, makes snacking and packing lunches a little quicker and easier.

millerbunch
by on Mar. 11, 2012 at 11:08 AM

we do break down our meats all the time..

i do find peppers going bad faster.. and never really thought on cutting those up and freezing them.. so to avoid that, i try to buy the already sliced up peppers in the freezer section.

iluv2read
by on Mar. 11, 2012 at 1:48 PM

 I don't, but I should. I do have the storage space for it. Thanks for the tips!

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