Three essential tips for making your first bulk co-op order a success. Before you take the plunge and buy from a bulk co-op, make sure you avoid these common mistakes.
1. Try before you buy.
You don’t want to buy 20lbs of an exotic grain only to find out you can stand the taste. Although it’s more expensive per ounce, it’s worth your money to go to the health food or grocery store and buy a small sample of a new product before you buy in bulk.
2. Never buy more than you can use.
I know how tempting it is to buy in extreme bulk; the savings are too good to pass up! But what you need to remember is that you aren’t saving anything if you throw a third of it away due to spoilage. If you really want to get the best deal without wasting food and money, split your order with a friend. You’ll both get the cheaper price without having to purchase the entire amount.
3. Storage, storage, storage.
Once you’ve invested that much money in bulk food, you’ve got to keep it protected. This means transferring your purchases from the bags they arrive in to air-tight containers specifically designed to keep out any moisture or pests. Believe me when I tell you there are few things more frustrating than tearing open a 10lb container of food to find larva wiggling around inside it. If you don’t store your food safely, it’s just money down the drain.
I hope that helps! Follow these three simple tips and you’re sure to get the most for you money when you buy in bulk.
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