I remember being about 6 years old the first time I walked through the doors of a Bulk Barn store. My grandma was watching my brother, sister and I, and we walked from her house to the mall (a few blocks away) to visit Walmart and do some shopping. We always stopped in to Bulk Barn to buy a few treats, too.
My siblings and I always wanted to buy candy, and my grandmother always obliged, because that’s just what grandma’s do. Ever since that first time buying candy at Bulk Barn, I’ve loved it. I love how there are so many options, the prices are decent, and I always left happy.
I still feel like that today. These days, I do a lot of my shopping at Bulk Barn.
Some of my usual Bulk Barn purchases:
- Raw Cashews
- Flours (when I want to try a new flour, I buy a small amount)
- Shredded or Flaked Coconut
- Vanilla Beans
- Sunflower Seeds
- Textured Vegetable Protein
- Sun-Dried Tomatoes
- Candy & Treats (sometimes!)
- Flax Seeds
- Steel Cut Oats
Also, I never shop at Bulk Barn without a $3 off $10 coupon, which they regularly offer. In fact, I shop with 2, and always make sure my husband is with me, so we can get $6 off $20 (since we always spend at least $20!).
Is Bulk Barn cheaper than other stores?
For most items that I regularly purchase, I find that Costco is cheaper, but for the items listed above, I’ve found that Bulk Barn has the better price. Also, sometimes I will plan to buy something at Costco, but they will be sold out for weeks (this has happened with peanuts and sunflower seeds, among other items), so I will get them at Bulk Barn instead.
On occasion, I’ll find a great deal at a grocery store, and it will be cheaper than Bulk Barn, so I’ll stock up there (this happened recently with flax seeds). However, 9 times out of 10, I buy the items listed above at Bulk Barn, because when paired with the $3 off $10 coupon, it’s the cheapest option for me.
Also, if I’m being honest, sometimes I go to Bulk Barn simply because I love it there. I almost always leave with at least 1 new item that I’ve never had before. I can do this there, because I can buy a small amount of something, and if I don’t like it, I don’t have to feel guilty about throwing it out.
Top 3 tips for saving money at Bulk Barn
Just like any other store, some items are overpriced and should be avoided. To make sure you’re not overspending on something, do the following:
1. Know your prices
Keep a price book, and make note of all your favourite items. Make sure that Bulk Barn is the cheapest option before making any purchases.
2. Take advantage of coupons & sales
Always, always, always shop with the $3 off $10 coupon. They are released regularly, and are valid for over a week. When purchasing your items, stock up for about a month’s worth, until another coupon is released, then go back for more, if you need to.
3. Buy new spices
If you want to try new spices, and don’t want to pay for a large bottle at the grocery store, Bulk Barn is your best bet. They have a ton of spices available, and you can buy just a small amount of the kind you want to try.
I love Bulk Barn, and I really do believe it’s a great place to save money. Like anything, though, you need to be careful, because it’s easy to overspend.
Keep your eye on the prize – saving money – and you’ll do just fine.
What do you like buying at Bulk Barn?