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During times of inflation, budgets are tight, and a trip to the grocery store often resembles the check we used to cut for brand-new furniture. Eating healthy and finding natural household products seems like a luxury. How do you feed a family or even yourself when groceries take up such a significant percentage of your income? That’s where warehouse shopping comes in. Shopping at Costco, Sam’s Club, and other food clubs can be a fantastic way to save on healthy favorites while stocking up and preparing for future price increases. Here are some grocery hacks for an inflated economy.  

1. Organic and Grass-Fed Red Meat

Meats tend to be the most expensive food we buy –especially when shopping for organically-raised sources. You can often find organic and grass-fed beef and lamb at Costco and other food club warehouses. Ideally, look for 100% grass-fed, organic, pasture-raised, and American-raised. You’ll find buying in bulk (12-packs of 1 lb. packages) brings down the cost. While ground meat is generally the least expensive, you can also find other cuts of grass-fed organic options.  

Costco often carries lamb and bison as well. Sometimes, you can even find elk burgers! If you cannot buy beef by the side from your local rancher, warehouse stores can often get you the best price for high-quality meat.  

2. Wild-Caught Seafood

Buying wild-caught seafood, like salmon, trout, cod, shrimp, and more at a food club is an excellent way to get omega-3 fatty acids and iodine at a discount. Buy frozen in bulk and thaw as needed! You can also find wild-caught salmon and tuna in the canned section for making fish cakes with fresh or frozen herbs, your choice of flour, and duck or chicken eggs. Canned foods are less expensive but also great storage items. 

Here’s a great recipe that also includes broccoli and cauliflower to try:  Salmon Veggie Burgers Recipe.  

3. Chicken and Other Poultry

Warehouse-style grocery stores also carry whole chicken, turkey, and even duck. Roast a whole bird in a crockpot or Instant Pot. In fact, try this recipe for a whole chicken for an easy, healthy meal. Then use the carcass for making delicious homemade bone broth or stock. Then you’re making the best use of your purchase.  

You’ll also find bulk chicken thighs or breasts for stir-fries, kabobs, fajitas, or other recipes.  Ground turkey is another excellent freezer  

4. Organic Eggs

Depending on your food allergies, you may want to stock up on organic eggs. Eggs make an easy, high-protein breakfast, high in healthy fats and crucial vitamins like A and choline. Try this Egg & Potato Breakfast Hash. They’re also essential in healthy baking.

5. Cheese

Warehouse stores also tend to have a broad selection of cheeses. Most Wellness Way employees and patients tend to avoid cow’s milk, but you’ll find goat cheese and Manchego sheep cheese at many warehouse stores.  

6. Organic Oils

Warehouse food clubs are an excellent way to stock up on organic oils and fats like organic olive oil, avocado oil, and coconut oil. You may also find truffle oil or garlic-infused olive to experiment with.

7. Organic Fresh Fruits & Vegetables

Organic berries are a good fruit staple as they’re overall lower in sugar yet full of antioxidants. Organic spinach, arugula, or salad greens are also a good purchase to seek out at a food club. Spinach and arugula tend to last longer than leaf lettuce, and both can be added to a quiche or soup. Cabbage lasts a long time in cold storage and can be sliced into “noodles” for a healthy beef stroganoff.

8. Organic Frozen Vegetables

Frozen foods, including vegetables, can help minimize food waste, and food doesn’t go bad as quickly in the freezer as it does in the fridge. Depending on your food allergies, some excellent frozen vegetables to stock up on are broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, and asparagus. 

9. Organic Guac and Hummus

It’s great to make guacamole and hummus from scratch at home – in fact, it’s usually less expensive to DIY it. But sometimes, we don’t have the time or energy to collect all the ingredients and make these favorites ourselves. In those situations, warehouse clubs come to the rescue. You usually find giant tubs of organic guac or hummus. Just look out for bad oils like canola or soybean –even in organic dips. Opt instead of avocado or avocado oils in these favorites. 

10. Organic and Gluten-Free Flours

Warehouse stores offer products in larger quantities at lower unit prices. This is especially helpful for pantry items like grains and flour. Purchasing non-perishable items and essentials in bulk, such as rice, pasta, and gluten-free flour blends, can help you save money overall.  

11. Condiments

Healthy condiments are often more expensive than conventional ones, so buying a few at a time might give you a decent price break. Look for organic ketchup, mustard, Vegenaise or other healthy mayo, organic salad dressings, BBQ sauces, and more.  

12. Natural Sweeteners

Natural sweeteners are one of the best food categories to buy in bulk as they are usually quite shelf stable. You can usually find real maple syrup, raw honey, monk fruit, stevia, organic sugar, coconut sugar, and even manuka honey.  

Make The Most of Your Shopping Trip 

Create a shopping list based on your needs and prioritize essential items. By planning your meals in advance and knowing what you need, you can avoid impulsive purchases and focus on getting the best value for your money. You may also want to consider splitting bulk purchases with family members, friends, or neighbors to divide the cost and quantities. This way, you can still benefit from the cost savings without having to consume or store excessive amounts of a particular product. Remember, it’s essential to strike a balance between cost-saving measures and your actual needs. Be mindful of your storage capacity, expiration dates, and the overall practicality of buying in bulk. By combining these strategies, you can optimize your purchases at warehouse stores during times of inflation and stretch your budget further. 

 

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Disclaimer: This content is for educational purposes only. It’s not intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your Wellness Way clinic or personal physician, especially if currently taking prescription or over-the-counter medications. Pregnant women, in particular, should seek the advice of a physician before trying any herb or supplement listed on this website. Always speak with your individual clinic before adding any medication, herb, or nutritional supplement to your health protocol. Information and statements regarding dietary supplements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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