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VANITY - Best place to buy bulk food?

Posted on 01/02/2009 5:32:49 PM PST by PinkChampagneonIce

One of my resolutions for the new year is to begin a food storage program for my new house. Unfortunately, I live in a very rural area where there aren't any bulk food warehouses. The only bulk foods available are from extremely overpriced health food stores and co-ops. Wal-Mart prices are actually pretty good for canned goods, but I want to buy wheat, barley, flour, oats, beans, etc., in 25# or 50# bags.

Can anyone point me in the direction of good sources for small quantities of staples? I wouldn't mind travelling once a year to pick the stuff up, if it would be worthwhile pricewise. I'm in the Tulsa, Oklahoma area.

I've done a pretty thorough search on the Internet, but feel as if I'm probably missing the best places. If anyone knows where they are, it's going to be FReepers!

Thanks in advance for your recommendations. And HAPPY NEW YEAR!


TOPICS: Food
KEYWORDS: bargains; bulkfood; buyinginbulk; food
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1 posted on 01/02/2009 5:32:49 PM PST by PinkChampagneonIce
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To: PinkChampagneonIce

Found this place but have never bought anything http://www.thereadystore.com/

and this one

http://www.pleasanthillgrain.com/


2 posted on 01/02/2009 5:37:44 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: PinkChampagneonIce

Costco.


3 posted on 01/02/2009 5:38:07 PM PST by LiberConservative ("I, you know, can see, you know, upstate, you know, from my house, you know.")
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To: PinkChampagneonIce
Sam's Club has fifty pound sacks of rice for about $25 and fifty pound sacks of Pinto beans for about $12.50. I've been stocking up on both.

As long as you don't open the bags they are protected from bugs.

You can live on rice and beans indefinitely.

4 posted on 01/02/2009 5:38:10 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors are the opium of the people.)
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To: PinkChampagneonIce

I buy 25 pound bags and 50 pound bags of flour at Costco. I have also bought 10 pound bags of salt, and giant containers of honey. Probably 5 pound boxes of oatmeal. They have 25 and 50 pound bags of rice, too.


5 posted on 01/02/2009 5:38:36 PM PST by Marie2 (Hunkered down until something better comes along)
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To: PinkChampagneonIce
Well, my method is way ‘over simplified’ compared to what those ‘in the know’ do: WalMart, Sams Club and/or Costco.

Mostly canned goods and large bags of basic staples, dated and stored in large ‘bug-tight’ bins.

Rotate about once a year... and hope I never ever have to tap into it!

6 posted on 01/02/2009 5:39:19 PM PST by elpinta (Insured by Walther, Glock, Smith & Wesson.)
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To: LiberConservative

Thanks, LiberConservative, but the closest Costco is in Missouri. There IS a Sam’s Club in Tulsa, but when I add the cost of the membership to my relatively frugal needs, it inflates the price above what I would like to pay....I would only be going there once a year. They also don’t have wheat, and the flour I bought there once (with a one-day free pass) had weevils in it when I opened it! Their pasta is MORE expensive than Wal-marts, as are many of their other staple items. I just think I can do better than Sam’s Club, even if I have to pay shipping.


7 posted on 01/02/2009 5:41:53 PM PST by PinkChampagneonIce
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To: PinkChampagneonIce

Yes, everyone. I am the tightest of tight-wads. I’m in search of the mother-lode of all rock-bottom bargain staple food places.


8 posted on 01/02/2009 5:45:25 PM PST by PinkChampagneonIce
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To: PinkChampagneonIce
We buy our wheat here.
9 posted on 01/02/2009 5:47:48 PM PST by kc8ukw
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To: PinkChampagneonIce
Do you have a Kroger's or a Smith's grocery store? The Smith's here in Nevada has a case lot sale about three times a year. Beats the pants off Costco. Also sounds weird but watch Amazon.com they are stocking groceries and often have free shipping days.
10 posted on 01/02/2009 5:48:02 PM PST by mad_as_he$$ (Nemo me impune lacessit.)
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To: PinkChampagneonIce

Generally, I’d say Costco has slightly lower prices than Sam’s Club, and a bit nicer selection.


11 posted on 01/02/2009 5:59:24 PM PST by Mogwai (Muslim is the new gay)
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To: PinkChampagneonIce; glock rocks; Gabz

Food Ping...


12 posted on 01/02/2009 5:59:47 PM PST by tubebender
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To: tubebender; Pete-R-Bilt; NormsRevenge

Utes continue to Roll the Tide

21-0 Utah

4:00 in the first

Knocked every bit of smug off the Fox announcers faces.

Go Utes!

Oh, food thread? Um, yes, we’re eating food. Thanks for the ping.


13 posted on 01/02/2009 6:03:22 PM PST by glock rocks (Well, it sounded like a good idea at the time...)
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To: PinkChampagneonIce
Next time you are at your local Wal-Mart go to the bakery area ask them if they have any empty 5 gal and 2 gal. plastic pails. They get their icings and other stuff in these pails and they just throw them away after they are empty. These are food grade pails with a gasket seal in he lid.

They are free, which you will appreciate. You will have to wash them out.

I use them to store the 25# bags of flour and rice and other items like pasta that I buy at Sam's. A 5 gal pail will hold a 25# bag of flour.

14 posted on 01/02/2009 6:06:17 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: PinkChampagneonIce
I have some acquaintances from various faiths that buy in big quantities. I'll ask around and ping you back if they have access to any exceptional bargains.

Wal-Mart is getting over rated in my area, also.

15 posted on 01/02/2009 6:07:29 PM PST by labette ( Humble student of Thinkology)
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To: labette
Yeah all the grocery stores raised their prices when gas was $4 and have yet to reduce their prices IMO.

Now the Feds want to hike gas taxes by 50% which will result in everything costing more ... not just gas. Which in the long run brings in more tax money for states and municipalities because they wont have to even raise taxes ... the more things cost the more they rake in.

16 posted on 01/02/2009 6:19:27 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: driftdiver

Thanks, driftdriver, for the great site. I don’t think they can beat waltonfeeds.com on prices for grain, but I love the wonderful tools and utensils. I’ll spend a while looking at what they have!


17 posted on 01/02/2009 6:25:10 PM PST by PinkChampagneonIce
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To: Red_Devil 232

THANKS! I have been looking for a source for plastic pails, and just didn’t know where to ask. Everyone in my town is very helpful, so I’m sure I won’t get an attitude if I ask the next time I’m at Wal-mart (which is fairly frequently).


18 posted on 01/02/2009 6:27:55 PM PST by PinkChampagneonIce
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To: PinkChampagneonIce

a good source of leads and some mail order vendors links.

http://www.survivalblog.com/


19 posted on 01/02/2009 6:30:53 PM PST by ClayinVA ("Those who don't remember history are doomed to repeat it")
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Large quantities of open items should have ‘bay leaves’ placed inside, and that will prevent bugs as you use out of them.


20 posted on 01/02/2009 6:31:33 PM PST by Kackikat (.It's NOT over until it's over and it's NOT over yet....The Trumpet will sound....)
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To: PinkChampagneonIce
My next suggestion would have been Sam's Club. What do I know? :) My apologies. Someone here will steer you in the right direction.
21 posted on 01/02/2009 6:32:44 PM PST by LiberConservative ("I, you know, can see, you know, upstate, you know, from my house, you know.")
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To: PinkChampagneonIce

Is there a survival ping?

got to prepare for life after the messiah!


22 posted on 01/02/2009 6:36:33 PM PST by Dacula (So long and thanks for all the fish.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I’ve been doing this for years. Also been able to produce enough gas to go off the grid.


23 posted on 01/02/2009 6:41:59 PM PST by shaft29 (Just your typical black woman.)
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To: shaft29

“I’ve been doing this for years. Also been able to produce enough gas to go off the grid.”

This isn’t in response to the poster who said you could live for years off rice and BEANS, is it? LOL


24 posted on 01/02/2009 6:45:07 PM PST by PinkChampagneonIce
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To: PinkChampagneonIce

Check your phone book for the local “LDS Bishops Storehouse”. If there is not one listed call your local LDS congregation and ask for the information about the Local “Bisops Storehouse”, they should be glad to give the information to you. Each storehouse stocks bulk storage items for sale to both members and non members alike. The prices are usually very reasonable. Further they have information available about what to store and how to go about it. There is no requirement to be a Mormon to use their services nor is there any additional fees. Also there should be no fear of them trying to proselytize you for using the services as they are discouraged from doing that in those circumstances.


25 posted on 01/02/2009 6:49:32 PM PST by ghostcat
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To: driftdiver

http://www.honeyvillegrain.com/

Bought here many times. they are reputable. The eggs are excellent.


26 posted on 01/02/2009 6:51:08 PM PST by Cicero5
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To: LiberConservative

“My next suggestion would have been Sam’s Club. What do I know? :) My apologies. Someone here will steer you in the right direction.”

Well, LiberConservative, you know a lot. And most sane people would just go to Sam’s Club. BUT, I have this obsession with frugality. I owe this to my dear departed mother, whose voice I still frequently hear. And that voice often asks “Can’t you get that cheaper somewhere else?”

It’s a cross I have to bear, but frequently leads me to some amazing secret knowledge. Living as frugally as possible is not a burden for me, it’s a GAME!


27 posted on 01/02/2009 6:53:04 PM PST by PinkChampagneonIce
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To: PinkChampagneonIce
I've done business with Honeyville Grain.

I have no complaints.

L

28 posted on 01/02/2009 6:54:47 PM PST by Lurker ("America is at that awkward stage. " Claire Wolfe, call your office.)
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To: kc8ukw

Your store sells wheat for $2.50. My local health food store sells it for .99. I’m not sure you’re getting such a great deal.


29 posted on 01/02/2009 6:55:09 PM PST by Sherman Logan (Everyone has a right to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.)
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To: ghostcat

Thank, you, Ghostcat, for that information. I admire the LDS attitude about preparedness, but probably would not have considered contacting them without your assurance that they are open to sharing with non-LDS, and would not see that as an opportunity to attempt to convert me (which just isn’t possible - I’m Irish).

I have heard about canning centers operated by LDS, but don’t know if there are any in my area. If I contact the “Bishops Storehouse,” they will probably know.

Again, thanks!


30 posted on 01/02/2009 6:57:17 PM PST by PinkChampagneonIce
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To: PinkChampagneonIce

Important ideas for bulk storage.

Keep a manifest and prefer products that have a “use by” date on them.

Other stuff to lay in a store of: Snow Cap lard, dry spaghetti, complex water filters (not just charcoal), grits, dry yeast, flour, dry milk, sugar-molasses-corn syrup-honey, sea salt (trace minerals), bulk tea, instant coffee, cocoa, canned tobacco, charcoal, grain alcohol (Everclear). Cinnamon, sage, red pepper, chili powder, dry mustard, ginger, black pepper, vanilla, Tabasco sauce, soy sauce, hard candies.


31 posted on 01/02/2009 6:59:18 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: PinkChampagneonIce

The bishops storehouses often have canning facilities on site and if not, they would definitely know where they are.


32 posted on 01/02/2009 7:03:56 PM PST by ghostcat
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
"You can live on rice and beans indefinitely."

Yes, you could live on just rice and beans if necessary. But I would recommend stocking up on some good vitamins, as well. I have found that one packet of EmergenC every other day is an excellent supplement. It's in a powder form, is compact and stores well if kept dry. In times of emergency or famine, a once a week dosage would be very beneficial.

33 posted on 01/02/2009 7:05:07 PM PST by XenaLee
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To: PinkChampagneonIce
...been looking for a source for plastic pails...

Any grocery store with an instore bakery has them in abundance, and I've never been refused one!

I'd sure like to find the other kind of "bulk food" around here, the kind where you see a bunch of plastic bins and barrels, and fill up plastic bags with various products. They used to be all over the Northwest, but down here in Rockland County, NY, I just cannot find any bulk foods. I work in Bergen County, NJ, so anybody who knows something down there would have good information, too!

34 posted on 01/02/2009 7:09:46 PM PST by hunter112 (We seem to be on an excrement river in a Native American watercraft without a propulsion device.)
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To: PinkChampagneonIce

I buy stuff from here:
http://www.barryfarm.com/our_store.htm


35 posted on 01/02/2009 7:12:56 PM PST by chris_bdba
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To: Cicero5

Thanks, Cicero5.

The honeyvillegrain site seems to have better prices on powdered butter and eggs than waltonfeed.com, which is the best place I’ve found for bulk grains. The honeyville prices are CONSIDERABLY better on these items, but not as good on the bulk grains.

This is the sort of information I’m looking for, and I’m very grateful for those who are taking the time to refer me to sites.


36 posted on 01/02/2009 7:16:51 PM PST by PinkChampagneonIce
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To: PinkChampagneonIce

I’ve bought 50# bags of wheat from the LDS in the past. For larger quantities (1 ton) you may have to place an order. They were very easy to deal with. No questions, suggestions or anything extraneous.


37 posted on 01/02/2009 7:17:37 PM PST by meatloaf
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To: Sherman Logan

Maybe I could help get a deal on wheat,rye or any other cereal grain that anyone wants.I farm so I can grow whatever people here want.Last July we harvested 156,000 pounds of wheat for example.


38 posted on 01/02/2009 7:19:18 PM PST by Farmer Dean (168 grains of instant conflict resolution)
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To: glock rocks

21-17

hope they don’t pull a Jazz finish


39 posted on 01/02/2009 7:24:34 PM PST by Pete-R-Bilt (See Dick drink, see Dick drive, see Dick die... Don't be a Dick...)
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To: tubebender

My brother drives a semi for a food supplier. I get beans and other goods at wholesale plus beer.

Castille takes it out to the 45 yard line to begin the second half against the Tide. Go Utes!


40 posted on 01/02/2009 7:26:23 PM PST by glock rocks (Well, it sounded like a good idea at the time...)
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To: Pete-R-Bilt

LOL. A hometown tradition. Naw, the Tide’s goin down!


41 posted on 01/02/2009 7:27:39 PM PST by glock rocks (Well, it sounded like a good idea at the time...)
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To: glock rocks
I had FRiends work the docks of Humboldt Bay. Wanna buy a D8...
42 posted on 01/02/2009 7:31:13 PM PST by tubebender
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To: tubebender

Yes.


43 posted on 01/02/2009 7:33:02 PM PST by glock rocks (Well, it sounded like a good idea at the time...)
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To: PinkChampagneonIce; Red_Devil 232
Here's a handy little planning guide. I think it is from the LDS folks: Link
44 posted on 01/02/2009 7:34:31 PM PST by labette ( Humble student of Thinkology)
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To: PinkChampagneonIce; glock rocks
look in your phone book and find the food service providers for a 100 mile radius.

lots of the companies I deliver to in California are willing to sell retail and may give you some breaks on purchases be warned though most sell canned goods in #10 cans so there's some repackaging to deal with on some items...

OTOH if you have a freezer to fill or stg buckets you may save some serious coin on 50 lb'rs of beans and such or case prices on most any cuts of meats

45 posted on 01/02/2009 7:34:51 PM PST by Pete-R-Bilt (See Dick drink, see Dick drive, see Dick die... Don't be a Dick...)
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To: Pete-R-Bilt

Amen. It’s especially a good thing if you actually eat beans and rice, as we do... You have to cycle through your food storage, or you’ll end up eating outdated stuff when you really need quality... just a thought.

Dried or canned meats can make beans and rice much more tasty too, though expensive...

Utah 28, Alabama 17.... Go Utes!


46 posted on 01/02/2009 7:38:52 PM PST by glock rocks (Well, it sounded like a good idea at the time...)
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To: Sherman Logan
Well, you have to buy in quantity.

Actually, I think our local Whole Foods is just slightly cheaper, but it's just easy to have a 50 pound bucket show up on your doorstep.
47 posted on 01/02/2009 7:39:47 PM PST by kc8ukw
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To: PinkChampagneonIce
If you have a FRiend in the restaurant business talk to him about buying for you. I'm not stocking up because I have Freeper FRiends doing it for me. All I need is a GPS to find them..
48 posted on 01/02/2009 7:41:35 PM PST by tubebender
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To: glock rocks

just wide, they’re sucking tonight

bookies gotta be bitin nails about now...

utes are spos’ed to be down by 10


49 posted on 01/02/2009 7:44:51 PM PST by Pete-R-Bilt (See Dick drink, see Dick drive, see Dick die... Don't be a Dick...)
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To: tubebender; Pete-R-Bilt

You can run 2150 feet per second, yes?


50 posted on 01/02/2009 7:45:29 PM PST by glock rocks (Well, it sounded like a good idea at the time...)
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