How to Save Money on Grains
We all know that cooking and baking from scratch has many benefits:
- It’s often cheaper than buying prepared foods.
- It’s more healthful because you control the ingredients.
- It’s fun (for many people).
This post is part of a series on How to Save Money on Real Food where we cover how to save money on meat, produce, grains, and dairy.
Here are some ways I’ve found to save money buying baking ingredients and grains:
Be prepared to properly store your grains.
I store my grains in glass containers in my pantry and my extra flour in the freezer. If you are serious about stockpiling “real” food, you may want to start looking for affordable, used freezers on craigslist.
Stock up when there’s a hot sale at the grocery stores.
Once or twice a year, baking ingredients will go on a big sale at the grocery store. Think of how much you will use in a 4-6 month period and stock-up. These sales will typically happen before Thanksgiving and before Easter.
Buy in bulk.
This is one case where WinCo is a good place to regularly shop as their bulk prices usually can’t be beat. And at the volume they sell, you can be assured that what you are buying is fairly fresh. WinCo also sells organic, gluten-free, and specialty items.
Take a field trip to the Bob’s Red Mill Whole Grain Store.
For those of you in the Portland Metro area, you should really check out the selection and prices at the retail store in Milwaukie. They have an amazing selection of every grain product you could imagine. And the prices are fantastic, especially for a high quality product.
Check out Azure Standard.
Azure is a distributor out of Dufur, Oregon that specializes in natural, organic, earth-friendly foods and products. They deliver directly to customers and buying clubs. You make a larger order with Azure and it is delivered to a drop in your local area, typically someone’s home or a small business. They usually have great prices on bulk items.
Buy your bread and rolls at a bakery outlet.
The Franz Bakery Outlet (several locations throughout the Portland area) regularly have loaves of bread for under $2 a loaf and buns for less than that. And it is not old bread. It’s the same loaves they send to the grocery stores.
I also save my bread purchases for when it’s less than $1.25 a loaf at the grocery store. This type of sale happens 1-2 times a month and I buy two week’s worth with each sale.
Make your own bread.
We absolutely love the Amazing No-Knead Bread recipe and also the No-Yeast Artisan Bread. You may not save a whole bunch from buying it at the bakery outlets, but you can’t beat ingredients that you recognize!
Here are some other bread recipes that you may enjoy:
The key to saving money on grains, and all “real” food, is to be intentional with your spending and be strategic with your timing.
Important: Don’t not overbuy a sale item. Watch your expiration dates and be realistic with how much you really need. Try baking your own bread a few times before you buy a vat of flour from Bob’s Red Mill!
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