Today I went to see if I really could find staples much cheaper than at the “regular” grocery stores. I visited a nearby bulk food store in Central Ohio. When I say Bulk Food, I mean a store that doesn’t advertise and has rock bottom deals. Around here, it also means that you’ll find Amish behind the cash register. I love that.
Most bulk food stores carry spices, baking items and health products like wheat germ and flax seed. The variety is excellent when it comes to flour. I found not only high gluton (bread) flour but also stone ground wheat flour, organic flour and others at rock bottom prices. They have numerous fresh seasonings as well as a great selection of sprinkles. One of my family’s favorite items are the homemade candy. Yum.
This bulk food store also had fresh produce that is seasonal from area farmers. It’s a great way to support the local economy as well as enjoy your shopping experience.
Here’s an example of how you can save money shopping at a Bulk Food Store. Here’s what I bought compared to prices at Amazon to get an average comparable.
Red Star Yeast
Amazon: $5.20 per lb
My Bulk Food Store: $3.49 per lb.
A Savings of 33%!!
High Gluton Flour (Bread Flour)
Amazon: $5.38 per 5 lb bag (King Arthur)
My Bulk Food Store: $2.45 per 5 lb bag
A savings of 55%!!
I wish I could list everything they usually carry, but part of the fun is getting to know each small bulk food store and discovering their great selection. My favorite purchase today was an Amish Donut Mix. I’ll let you know how it goes!
To find your nearest Bulk Food Store can be a challenge, since most don’t advertise regionally or have a website. The best way to find a great one is to ask around. I found the one I visited today by asking my sister who travels for her job. **Most Bulk Food Stores are closed Sunday.**
If you live in the Central Ohio Area, here are two great bulk food stores within driving distance!
Country Variety Store
6263 US Highway 68 N, Bellefontaine, OH 43311-9250
The Ashery Country Store
8922 State Rte. 241, Fredericksburg, OH 44627
Yutzy’s Farm Market
6010 Converse Huff Rd., Plain City Ohio