Budget Tip: Hit the Whole Grain Bulk Bins
Whole grains have beneficial nutrients that refined grains are missing, like magnesium to help your body produce energy and fiber to help you feel fuller longer. Examples of whole grains include brown rice, quinoa, barley, oatmeal and whole-wheat pasta. To save money and packaging, look for grocery stores or co-ops with bulk bins. Although not every item is always cheaper, on average, buying from the bulk bin can save up to 89 percent; it also allows you to control exactly how much you purchase. This means I can get just 1 cup instead of having to buy a larger, more expensive package.