10 Tips for Storing Your Bulk Groceries and Goods

Buying in bulk saves time and money -- if you store the items right.
Buying in bulk saves time and money -- if you store the items right.

If you're trying to run your household on a budget, those weekly grocery bills probably have you cringing. Food prices are on the rise, and they're only expected to go up over the holiday season. Whether you're trying to save some cash on Christmas dinner or just want to get your grocery budget under control, buying food in bulk can make a big difference.

When we talk about buying bulk groceries, we don't only mean heading to Costco and picking up a flat of canned tuna. Sure, you can save money this way, but the term "bulk" groceries also refers to those bins of loose goods that you can find at many grocery and natural food stores. Think dried beans, rice, soup mixes, and spices -- it's often much cheaper to buy them from the bulk bin. When you buy packaged foods, you're paying for more than just the food itself. Bulk food costs less to package, and less packaging means it weighs less, so it's cheaper to ship, as well.

The trick with buying in bulk is sorting out storage. No one wants a pantry full of those flimsy plastic bags, and you want to be sure that your bulk items don't spoil. What are the best ways to store bulk food? We've got some budget-friendly tips for you here!