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Bulk canned goods (especially home canned) are a good means of storing food that otherwise would only keep for a few days. Fruits, vegetables, and meats are best when canned at home.
The reality is, not everybody has the equipment or the time to do their own home canning. Or - you maybe you already do your own canning, but don't have access to certain items in fresh form. So what are you to do? There's nothing wrong with buying canned goods in bulk when they are reasonably priced - AND your family will eat those canned goods.
If it's really inexpensive, but tastes horrible, and no one is willing to eat it - there's no benefit to buying that product in bulk. It's gotta make sense. If you aren't sure, buy one can - try it on your family. If they like it, stock up. if not, you're only out the cost of one can. Nothing ventured, nothing gained!
Watch the circulars for your local grocery stores and buy in bulk when your favorite canned food are on sale. This means that you have to know up front how much the canned goods normally cost to know if it is really a good deal, or just a meaningless advertisement.
Wholesale clubs are also good sources to find canned goods in bulk - but you need to carry a calculator with you to see if the price per can or price per ounce is REALLY cheaper than you would normally pay per single can. Be careful. Those wholesale clubs can be tricky.
If you have a salvage store or closeout/overstock store like "Big Lots" in your area, you can get some really good deals on canned food, providing you're more concerned with what's in the can than you are about the name brand on the label.
Buying the big cans isn't necessarily the best way to go always - even if it's less expensive per ounce that way. Be sure you're going to be able to eat the entire contents of the big can before it goes bad. If you have a larger family it's not such an issue, but if you're on your own or have a small family, be cautious, smaller regular sized cans may be the better option.
Stocking up on canned goods is an excellent way to decrease your family food budget. Home caning and buying canned goods in bulk will save your family money, and at the same time provide you with a reliable source of healthy food if you ever fall on hard times. My attitude is stock the shelves and save the money any way you can.
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