Let's hurry to the point. Buying in bulk for our family is beneficial. Not only are we on a super duper tight grocery budget, but we are a larger family with a preteen boy who has a healthy appetite. If you read my meal planning 101 post, then you already know that grocery shopping is typically a bi-weekly ordeal. However, my husband and I feel that transitioning into buying our groceries only once a month would be a lot easier for us; mainly because we have been splitting our grocery shopping into two days, between three to four stores.
And shopping for two days at four stores, with three kids (two of which are babies) is EXHAUSTING. The kids are grumpy by the end of it and usually have to miss out on their naps.
So, like I said...we are trying to shop monthly. I don't know if this will entirely work...this is our first month to try it, but I have high hopes that it will be a success.
Alright, now that I have that tidbit of information out there for you, I wanted to offer a few tips on how to store your bulk items, and get the most use out of what you purchase.
Four out five of us love eating pineapple, backing me into a corner to purchase it. Buying canned right now is cheaper, so I make the most of the 6lbs 10 oz can.
- First, I drain the pineapple and let the juice run into a bowl underneath the colander and set it aside. (I save the juice to use for our marinades!) I also save the can to grow my herbs in.
- In order to make the most out of the little freezer space we have, I bag the pineapple into three quart freezer bags, flatten them, label them, and freeze them by laying them flat. Once they are frozen, I can move them around as needed. I also fill one plastic container full and place in the refrigerator.
- Now I take the pineapple juice that I drained earlier and pour it into a gallon freezer bag. Then I clean a shelf in the freezer, and lay it completely flat to freeze. Once it is frozen, you can move it around.
- I use this same technique for our hamburger meat. We bought a 9.38lb log of lean beef, divided it up to roughly 1.25lbs per/bag, flatten them, label the packages, then freeze. (And no, we will not use all of this meat in one month.)
- For our cheese, we cut the block into chunks, wrap them in sandwich bags/plastic wrap, place in a gallon freezer bag.
We do a lot of other things, too. I just figured this would be a good starting point on storing the items we purchase in bulk. I hope you find it helpful!