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mistapaants

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Bulk Whole Wheat Pasta
« on: September 29, 2013, 05:33:20 AM »
Does anyone know where I can buy bulk whole wheat or multi grain pasta? I'm currently using Aldi's multigrain spaghetti which is $1 per pound. I like it, but they only have spaghetti, and my two year old makes a massive mess with it. Everything I've found online so far has been more expensive than $1/lb.

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Re: Bulk Whole Wheat Pasta
« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2013, 06:44:25 AM »
It's not bulk, but Walmart carries various shapes of WW pasta at $1.19 a pound (up from a dollar a year ago).

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Re: Bulk Whole Wheat Pasta
« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2013, 09:23:04 AM »
Look around for small, independent health food stores in your area.  I shop at one in a big city an hour away from me (love that store, always make a big list when I'm going in that direction, which is only 3-4 times a year), but it's not a chain, so it wouldn't help you. 

Overall the prices at this store are high (organic convenience foods, gluten-free stuff, etc., BUT a few things are priced very well.  The pasta is sold in bulk, meaning that you serve yourself from a big bin and pay for just what you take -- either enough for one serving, or a cartful.  I also buy unusual dried beans (yes, more expensive than pintos and black eyed peas at Walmart, but we enjoy the variety) and spices.  Spices are my personal favorite item from this store.  Think of a bottle of spice that'd cost $5-6 at the grocery store -- at the health food store the same quantity is something like 40-60 cents.  The big jars are labeled with high prices (say, $14/lb for oregano), but a pound would probably be the size of a throw pillow. 

Another place I've bought WW pasta -- and this'll surprise you -- is the farmer's market in my daughter's college town.  One vendor makes excellent homemade pastas, but she sells them for about $4-5 for a one-family meal.  Yeah, way expensive for pasta.  BUT she also sells GIANT BAGS of what she calls "pasta butts" for $10.  These are the tail-ends of the pasta that aren't perfectly formed, or batches in which the color isn't uniform.  People snap them up in a hurry.  We've been eating from a bag of these "pasta butts" since May, and we still have 1/3 of the bag.

So look around in places where you don't expect to find WW pasta.  You'll find it -- or some other food source -- when you're not expecting to find it. 

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Re: Bulk Whole Wheat Pasta
« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2013, 10:51:51 AM »
I've frequently found 12oz (not a full pound) boxes of whole wheat pasta for $1/box or less.

Be careful when buying the boxes as I think most of the whole wheat are not actually a full pound.

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Re: Bulk Whole Wheat Pasta
« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2013, 11:12:55 AM »
WinCo, if you're in a place where they have a store.

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Re: Bulk Whole Wheat Pasta
« Reply #5 on: September 29, 2013, 01:26:24 PM »
I think if you look for coupons and sales, you can frequently get the brand name boxes of whole wheat pasta for about $1 a box, which is usually less than a lb.  I think I've seen this price with coupon at Target, our Kroger, and Safeway.  Look for the boxes to be on sale for $1 or 4/$5 and a coupon for 50 cents off 2.  This would be especially good if your local store doubles coupons.