I have decided to make many changes in 2013. One thing I will be embarking adventure on is bulk buying food. I honestly have NO IDEA where to begin because in the past "bulk buying" has been purchasing a few 1lb bags of this or that at a time to have on hand. I have found a reasonable resource online for ordering bulk amounts of foods I know we can use here and are at better value than the stores I am shopping each week. I would like to place my first order but want to feel stable before I spend.
What advice can you give a complete bulk buying beginner? Where and how do I start? What to do before I buy? What to do after I buy? How to choose, prep and plan?
RIght now I have been calculating and comparing prices to make sure that ordering each item from this site is the best value possible. I can't calculate and compare every single store in the bay area though lol so I'm sticking to the ones I know (quite a few). I'm hoping to get some advice here...
How much comparing should I do before my final decision/order?
Anything else I should be taking into consideration befor ordering?
Advice on prepping and planning for a new stock of BULK dry goods (I am considering rice, cous cous, dry beans and legumes which all seem to be in 10 or 20-25lb bags... bulk red potatoes... bulk zucchini... bulk chicken which I have a freezer for and can use freezer bags to seperate and store... etc.) I am not sure how I should be storing all the dry stuff though and if storage is going to cost me the same amount it cost to even purchase the item to begin with. I don't have HUGE tupperware or bins.
Sorry but I feel so rooky and am in a head spin not knowing what to do. I need some direction and you all know the ropes. I don't. I just don't want to make a wrong move since $ is involved and I need to start more frugal living which is why I am going to start bulk buying to help save. Any advice or encouragement is dearly appreciated.
"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." ~Chinese Proverb~