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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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by on Mar. 12, 2012 at 9:19 AM

We usually only buy our meats in bulk.

by Member on Mar. 12, 2012 at 9:44 AM

I don't buy a lot of fresh foods in bulk. I do buy other things though. Only if its cheaper in the long run to buy and separate!

by Member on Mar. 12, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Quoting MamaBear2cubs:

We usually only buy our meats in bulk.

yeah that is one thing I do try to buy in bulk. Especially when it goes on sale.

by on Mar. 12, 2012 at 10:19 AM

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

It definitely can help to have a big freezer- no reason to let it all go bad if you don't though!

by on Mar. 12, 2012 at 11:27 AM

 I just buy specials, but I do buy toilet paper and other goods like that in bulk.

by on Mar. 12, 2012 at 11:36 AM

 Some things we do buy in bulk.  I have to make sure it won't go to waste when buying it.

by on Mar. 12, 2012 at 11:49 AM

 good ideas

by on Mar. 12, 2012 at 12:06 PM

We buy most of our meats in bulk.  We freeze them in portion sizes.

by on Mar. 12, 2012 at 12:18 PM

A little of both.

by on Mar. 12, 2012 at 12:49 PM

 I like buying bulk and we always break it down. These are really good tips!



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