Curious how bulk shopping works? Here's my step-by-step guide for shopping at Bulk Barn:
I keep a grocery shopping list on my phone, organized by store, adding items to the list as I run out. Before heading to the store, I check the list and pack a container for each item.
I bring my containers to the store in a couple canvas wine totes from SAQ.
When I arrive, store employees weigh them for me and write the weights on the lids in washable marker. I like to use glass jars because the weight doesn't bother me, but you can also use cotton bags or plastic containers—so long as they're clean.
Then I send my son to fill them up! 😆
While he's filling containers, I add the product code to the list on my phone. This makes checkout a breeze and saves tags, stickers and ink 👍
When we're done shopping, we bring our filled jars to the cashier, and the weight of our jars is subtracted before calculating the price 👍 I got these sesame seeds, sea salt, dried pastas and fair trade coffee all for $13 CAD!
Bulk Barn is Canada's largest bulk food retailer with 275+ stores across Canada! 😲 If you've been thinking about trying package-free shopping, Bulk Barn is a great place to start. They actually encourage customers to bring their own containers so there's no need to feel weird! 😜
Updated Jan. 10, 2020