When was the last time you went through your bulk food section at the grocery store?
It's been a while hasn't it? But buying in bulk doesn't mean you have to buy large quantities. The “bulk” aspect refers only to the store’s presentation, not the quantity you purchase. (In fact, bulk is often the best option for buying smaller quantities of some products than the packaged versions.) As more of us are watching our budgets — buying in bulk has become a popular option in natural food stores. And there are growing online options for bulk buying as well.
You can buy just a pinch of the exotic spice or grain you might have seen on Top Chef or experiment with small quantities of new spices. If you think you might like to try brown rice flour or flax, buy a small quantity for a test run—no worries about wasting money or product.
My kitchen has a vintage feel so I have been using various sized mason jars that I picked up in a vintage wholesale store. ( Seriously, 48 jars with 3 different sizes for $10!) I know people that even bring their jars in to the store to save plastic! I ride my bike so the weight and bulk of the glass gets to be a little much.