I have a spare moment, so I want to write another entry to prevent me from posting once every couple of months.
As part of trying to be more Earth-friendly, Morah and I have been meaning to buy certain things in bulk; not so much because it’s less expensive, but because why buy a new container when an old one will do?
There are a couple of places we’ve identified as potential sources for bulk items. Costco aside, Fred Meyer has a pretty decent bulk selection, and Huckleberries has a lot of organic and local stuff (although I think a lot of stuff at Huckleberries is overpriced). Fresh Abundance is small and locally-owned, although their selection of bulk items is limited and their location is rather out-of-the-way for us. I do like that they supply as much as possible from as close as possible (they try to stay within 200 miles of Spokane), so I’d like to shop there whenever it’s convenient to support them.
The hot new store in Spokane is a Co-Op called Main Market, which recently opened downtown. Morah and I checked them out and bought some wonderful (and mostly local) produce. While we were there, we noticed their decently-size selection of bulk items — including spices.
Anyone who knows me knows I love spices. I love to cook and I love to try out new spices in my cooking. Two spices that I use very frequently are curry powder and cumin. I recently ran out of both at the same time, so I was excited to visit Main Market and give the bulk spices a try. I’ve been saving empty spice bottles for a while now, so I took a couple of them with me.
When you bring in your own containers, the first thing you do is take them to the check stand to be weighed. This will give the checkers an accurate tare weight when they ring you up (I certainly didn’t want to pay for a quarter of a pound worth of container).
I took my spice jars into the bulk section and filled them with organic, wonderful smelling spices (seriously, that curry is amazing). After we paid, Morah and I checked out the receipt to see how much we had paid. Each jar was less than two dollars. We knew that was less than the price in the grocery store, but by how much?
We had to stop by our local grocery store anyway (which happens to be an Albertsons), so we stopped by the spices to see what an equivalent amount would cost. Each jar was over four dollars, and in some cases, over five dollars! So we got organic spices for less than half the cost of what we would have paid for non-organic spices.
We also bought couscous and red lentils in bulk at Main Market. The couscous was roughly half the price when purchased in bulk (if I remember correctly), and our Albertsons doesn’t even sell red lentils, so in my book that’s a major win for Main Market.
The moral of the story here is to buy in bulk! The quality is potentially higher, the price is almost certainly less, and you’ll be reusing a perfectly good container. Win-win-win, eh?0 People like this. Be the first!