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Saving Money at Bulk Barn

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
  • Peanuts
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Textured Vegetable Protein
  • Sun-Dried Tomatoes
  • Candy & Treats (sometimes!)
  • Flax Seeds
  • Steel Cut Oats
  • Amaranth
  • Millet
  • Farro

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.

Bulk Barn Food

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?

Comments

  1. jo

    Cassie, Do you worry about the cleanliness of the Bulk Barn? It is the only thing holding me back from using it.

    • Cassie Howard

      I have never had an issue, so I don’t worry too much.

  2. Pam

    I LOVE Bulk Barn too! In fact they just had their $3 coupon for the past two weeks and I think I went to three different locations and used the coupon five times in total. Bulk Barn is also my happy place 🙂

  3. Merrick

    I love Bulk Barn for any holiday baking, making cupcakes, cookies or cakes you can buy a small amount to decorate. I shop at wilton wholesale as well for decorating baking but have to buy to large amount of sprinkles ect. Bulk barn you can buy red and green chocolate melts and I use a cheese grater to top cake and I only have to buy about 10 of each melts 40 -80 cents for that. Sometimes I have to make a small amount of gluten free desserts and there is so many option there, and again only have to purchase a small amount. I only shop with the coupon and bring the hubby and a friend. Great Saving here

    • Angela

      Hi Merrick,

      Where is the Wilton Wholesale?

      Thank you

  4. Daina

    where do you find the coupons?

  5. Kelsie

    I buy gluten free oats there (prepackaged in the GF section), they are $2 a bag cheaper than in my small town’s health food store. I found out that my allergic/sensitive kids can have the bulk “buttercream” icing and the bulk shortening as well…good for a birthday cake or a treat. Speaking of
    Treats, I stock up on the organic (corn free) lollipops for potty training rewards and also usually get a small amount of some treat for each family member for the 2hr ride home.

    • Cassie Howard

      The oats are a great deal, for sure!

  6. Pauline Head

    I was recently at the Dixie Value Mall location here in Mississauga, and I saw three little girls happily licking their fingers and dipping their fingers into a barrel, and repeating. Then at the Square One store I saw a women fingering the spices with her bare hands. Nauseating!

  7. Maria

    Hi Cassie!

    When you shop at bulk barn, do you take advantage of their reusable jar program?

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