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Dry goods lend themselves very well to bulk purchase and long term storage. What I classify as dry goods are things like; flour, cornmeal, sugar, salt, spices, coffees, teas, nuts, dried beans, rice, popcorn and whole grains. I would also classify not so dry things like oils, honey or molasses, peanut butter, and vinegar in the "dry goods" category as well.
Most dry good can be purchased in bulk at super stores or wholesale clubs. You have to be careful though. Take a calculator with you, figure out how much the item costs per ounce, or pound or whatever unit of measure they use, and compare it to the smaller package.
Sometimes the bigger package is not necessarily the bargain.
Another local source for bulk dry goods is a bulk food store. Google "bulk food stores" and the name of your home town. You'll probably be surprised to find that there's one fairly close to you.
Whole grains, dry beans, rolled grain cereals can also be purchased on line from a surprising number of sources. Type in bulk whole grains or bulk beans.
Most dry goods can be kept for long periods (almost indefinitely) of time if you keep them cool, dry and dark.
Vacuum packaging will also extend the shelf life of nearly any dry good. It is also helpful to store these items with an oxygen absorbing chemical packet.
You can even buy food grade buckets to store your dry goods in. One company has invented a really well designed lid for buckets called a Gamma Seal Lid.
They come in two pieces. One is a ring that seals down over the rim of the bucket and the other is a threaded center that screws down and seals to the ring making an airtight seal. These things makes bulk food storage and accessing stored foods a breeze.
Buying bulk dry goods is an excellent way to extend your families food budget. Be on the lookout for those things that your family uses on a regular basis.
If you are careful about comparing unit prices, finding the least expensive sources, and watching for special deals at the local grocery, super store, wholesale club or bulk foods store, you can save quite a bit of money, and at the same time assure that your family is well prepared and stocked up in the event that you fall on hard times.
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