If your natural food grocery has bulk bins, I highly encourage you to use them!
If you are into whole foods, these are great, don't you think?
The other day, I bought a 12-grain hot cereal mix for 1.49. I bought at least a pound. The same thing in a Bob's Red Mill package would've cost me $4.99.
The same with beans...and spices. I got a ½ pound of chili powder from the bulk bins for $2 -- I needed it for a dish I'm making for dh's office xmas party.
What do you get from the bulk bins?