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Bulk Store Shopping

Updated: Mar 9, 2021

Tips for shopping at the bulk food store



It's a great way to shop in order to avoid plastic and get good quality products in whatever quantity you want. I've done some price comparisons and some products are a little more expensive, many are the same price and some are cheaper. For example, Organic Oats are €2.50/kg in the bulk store Vs €2.80/kg in the main supermarkets. A good bulk store will have a wide range of products such as grains, pasta, nuts, seeds, dried fruit, baking products, spices, oils and even cleaning products.


A few tips before you go:

  • Make a list before you go (it's all so tempting!)

  • If you are bringing your own containers/bottles, weigh them (with the lid on) at home and mark the weight (or "tare") on the container

  • If you are bringing your own bags, also weigh them and mark the weight with an indelible marker or tag

  • I put my containers and bags in a strong cardboard or wooden box so that they are easier to carry there and back


At the shop

  • Write the number (PLU) of the product on the lid/bag so there is no confusion at the till (my local shop provides pens but you could take your own wax pencil or washable marker just in case)

  • Tie or tape bags to prevent spillages (my local shop provides brown tape)

  • Make sure they deduct the "tare" at the till so you are only paying for the produce

  • Sign up for the loyalty scheme to save money on your next trip


As an aside, The Source has a great selection of treats if you are planning a trip to the wonderful Stella cinema!


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