Why I Buy in Bulk – Interview With Busy Vegetarian Mom

by Merissa on November 7, 2012

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Through our Buying in Bulk series we won't just be talking about how to buy in bulk but we will also be interviewing other bloggers to find out more about real life experiences with buying in bulk and how it has impacted their families.

Today enjoy this interview with Tracy about her experience with Buying in Bulk!

1. How long have you been buying in bulk?

Just over 1 year

2. What was your main reason behind starting to buy in bulk?

I started a Vegetarian diet for health reasons which included a lot of grains and beans.

3. What was your biggest challenge just starting out and how did you overcome it?

As far as bulk, we have a pretty good selection so my challenge was just trying to figure out what all the different grains were and how to use them. As far as the diet, blogging became my way to keep on task, motivating me to produce and keep track of favorite recipes and tips.

4. What are your favorite stores/sources for buying in bulk?

Fred Meyer (Kroger) and Winco are great chain stores for bulk in my area. We also have a small health food store that carries a ton of bulk products (Highlands Health Foods-Kennewick, WA)

5. In what way has buying in bulk most benefited your family?

Not only does buying in bulk offer lower prices, I know I am buying healthy foods for my family. My daughter also now looks forward to coming to the store with me to fill the bags and write bin numbers on tags!

6. What is your favorite item to buy in bulk?

Thick Rolled Oats. We make crock pot oatmeal everyday with a variety of grains, but I also use oats in baking and mill my own oat flour.

7. Anything else you want to add about your bulk buying experience?

If you buy bulk, make sure you have a good storage system set up. I use mason jars, canisters, and recycled containers to keep mine organized.

A little more about A Busy Vegetarian Mom: I started a vegetarian diet after the need to improve our health and lower cholesterol arose.  Blogging became a way for me record the recipes that worked for us and keep track of the questions that I had along the way. I figured, if I had this need as a beginner, surely others would appreciate this information as well. This hobby is now a passion, and I look forward to all the new connections I make every day.

Find the rest of our series and learn all about Buying in Bulk!

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Cynthia L. November 7, 2012 at 8:06 am

This is a great article. Thanks so much for sharing with us!


2 Cynthia Landrie November 7, 2012 at 8:07 am

Just went to read the article and found it interesting. It has me thinking of buying more items in bulk. I am going to share this on my FB page.


3 Little House on the Prairie Living November 7, 2012 at 8:10 am

Cynthia, I’ve got several more interviews coming up in the next few weeks as well.


4 Cynthia Landrie November 7, 2012 at 8:37 am

I look forward to reading them!


5 Val Eltzroth November 7, 2012 at 8:58 am

Have been considering buying in bulk just to have available staples, proper storage is the stumbling block for me, but am working toward it


6 Little House on the Prairie Living November 7, 2012 at 9:47 am

Val, I’ve got posts coming up on storage too:)


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