I have been buying more and more items in bulk to save money. I thought I had found the cheapest place to purchase organic unbleached flour and organic sucanat. However, I started calling around and realized I could save almost $50 by ordering through a local organic store. I didn't even think about asking them first because it is a very small store with maybe 70 different items. The store owner is part of a buyers club so she can offer very affordable items. I will definitely be checking there before buying any more bulk purchases.
This store also sells organic grass fed local beef for $3.89 lb. That's over a 50% savings from what I was paying. I'm also excited about buying my whole pasture raised chickens for $2lb instead of $3.50 a pound.
It can take time to find sources for local real food that doesn't cost a lot. Don't give up!!