Comparison June 2019

This weekend I took notes of regular prices per 100g and 100 ml comparing Sobey’s and Bulk Barn. I like to compare once in a while just to make sure the price is right shopping at Bulk Barn. This is just a partial of what I would buy. These prices most likly fluctuate too and are not “sale” prices. I did my best at the grocery store to choose the cheapest/bulk amount to get the lowest price. Keep in mind, big name brands would be more expensive as well as smaller quanities.

Dollar per 100g/ml at Bulk Barn
Dollar per 100g/ml at Sobey’s
Oh Henry
Table salt
Ground coffee
1.40 (Kurig pods are $6.22-$8.32)
Thompson Raisins
Popcorn kernels
Honey Roasted peanuts
Dried cranberry
Dried blueberry
Chicken boullion
Beef boullion
Active Dry Yeast
Quick Rise Yeast
White Sugar
Dark Brown Sugar
Icing Sugar
Baking Powder
Baking Soda
Corn Starch
Dark Chocolate Chips
Chunks 1.78
Hershey’s 1.44
Milk Chocolate Chips
Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
Reces Pieces
chicken .96 and Brown 1.03
chicken 5.24, beef 7.96, for packets of powder
Rice (parboiled)
Arrowroot flour
As baby powder .95
Johnson’s baby powder .96
Lysol vs Cleaning Vinegar, 10%
Crest tooth paste tube vs container

The last two are not from Bulk Barn. Here are some pictures to compare them with.

Lysol, many chemicals vs 10% Vinegar, much more natural


Tube that is waste vs container that is potentially recyclable.



As you can see, some items are more expensive at Bulk Barn, but overall, there is a lot of savings! Where you save on some things, makes up spending more on others. Also on the plus side is the fact that individuals can avoid plastic packaging. Even more so recyclable packaging too. The cost and amount of energy to recycle plastics is too much. Sometimes the plastics can not be processed due to unforeseen circumstances. Less garbage and less recyclables is a good thing! Not to mention box board. single use compostable, but it takes a lot of energy to produce them. Cardboard too, takes energy and resources to break them down and turn into something new.

Package free when possible! DIY when possible! Share ideas and solutions with others.

Bulk Barn carries so much. My local store does anyways, and I know there are bigger Bulk Barns and also different types of Bulk stores. My local store carries treats, candy, chocolate, baking needs, dried fruit, nuts, rice of all sorts and beans. Spices, sprinkles, coffee, tea and pasta. Dog treats as well as bird seed. They have soaps and shampoo bars, soap nuts and washing soda. Honey, Butters and coconut oil. Cereals, oats and other grains. There are so many options!!

Pretty sure made a mistake in these previous comparisons with the flour. Either the unit priced at Sobey’s is 1.4 per kg or 1.4 per 100g. Will have to double check

Here is a link to my first comparison back in July of 2018.

Here is a link to my second comparison back in October of 2018.

Here is a link to my third comparison back in February of 2019

5 responses on “Comparison June 2019”

  1. This is so helpful, Rachel, thank you for doing this. I needed ground black pepper last week and bought enough in a little glass jar to fill two shakers for about 20 cents – no plastic, probably fresher, and a lot cheaper. I’m always inspired by your posts – keep up the great work!

  2. This is awesome! I’ve thought about doing something like this before but it seemed like a lot of work. Thank you so much for sharing!!

  3. Excellent job! I always go to Bulk Barn first-Gail and Bill are great people,and I have used their large bags at the grocery store for years-I’m making some of my own bags for items from a large curtain from the Giant Tiger-cut the rings off and use a plastic bag with handles like the Superstore has for a pattern-it should hold most things,particularly produce,pasta,rice,etc. I have jars saved up as well as the bulk barn containers which I use at home for leftovers,starting seedlings,and whatever I can come up with to use over and over and over instead of buying plant pots,etc. I have a small garden here in town and a very large one at my son’s in Norboro to help out all the family (he has 5 kids) and helped my older son get a garden going this year (3 kids). I can,dehydrate and freeze a lot too. I do have grandkids after school daily so getting a break,but the teenagers will go through a gallon of bulk barn pretzels in 2 days so I’m the pretzel lady at Bulk Barn! I do a lot of baking for them and get items for that there too. I’m lactose intolerant along with having to avoid gluten most of the time and they were a great help in having products and sharing ideas to help me cope with that too. Keep up the good work! Maybe a spot on CBC some time too!

    1. Thank you so much Fran!!

      Your the pretzel lady!! Lol! Too funny! We go through lots here too! I really enjoyed reading your response!!

      Love that you are helping your family so much and having gardens was well!! I have a small plot at home, but am not planting this year, kids will not stay out and trample everything. I have a large one at my moms too that we share, but I can’t put the time this year into it either. Looking forward to the kids being a little bit older and respectful . . . in time!

      I was actually on CBC back in October! News article and Interview.

      This was early on in our journey, 3 months. We are heading into our first year now.

      Have a great day!!

      Rachel Willcock

  4. Great comparison/savings for sure. I use to shop at Bulk Barn alot but since becoming Celiac I rarely visit. Even the gluten flour bins I dont feel 100% sure they wouldnt be contaminated. I cant consume gluten at all or will react.

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