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  1. #1
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    Default Where to buy cheap sugar?

    I live in Northeast Ohio and I'm wondering if anyone has tips on where to find inexpensive sugar to feed my bees. Thanks!

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    Default Re: Where to buy cheap sugar?

    Aldi's, dollar general store, and my local grocery store are are fairly comparable here. the local grocery store gets 4 lb bags on sale for $1.39 at least once a month. Aldi's and dollar general are slightly more expensive, but both are cheaper than walmart.
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    Default Re: Where to buy cheap sugar?

    You should have some Amish stores in your area. Look into their prices for 25# bags since they "put up" a lot of their own produce.

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    Default Re: Where to buy cheap sugar?

    I don't know about your local area, but perhaps my experience will help.

    We decided to buy about 100 pounds of sugar, which isn't enough to get a bulk price on in our area, and there wasn't a group buy going on. We expected that buying in a 25 or 50 pound bag would be cheaper, but when we checked, we discovered the warehouse club prices on 25 and 50 pound bags was the same per pound as 5 pound bags in most of the grocery stores. Surprisingly, in some stores larger bags actually cost more per pound than smaller bags. Nobody seemed to have a sale going on, so we went with the grocery store that had the lowest per-pound price.

    We figure we have enough to take our two hives through the year, and for next year will be jumping on the opportunity if our local group does a group buy.

    My point? Make sure you do the math. The places you expect to be cheapest may not be.
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    Default Re: Where to buy cheap sugar?

    Certainly not at WalMart! Our local WM store sells sugar at $0.65+/ lb., while the local Dillons (Kroger) is around $0.45-$0.50. They are the best deal in this area, anyway. Those of you in ornear metro areas have more options that we do.

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    Default Re: Where to buy cheap sugar?

    BJs has very good deals in my area on 25 lb bags. So i buy 100 lbs at a pop. You might try BJs or Costco's there.

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    Default Re: Where to buy cheap sugar?

    I buy mine at BJ's. 25 lbs is $15.

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    Default Re: Where to buy cheap sugar?

    Try to find a food service supplier and ask to buy Mexican cane sugar. Has some junk in it but bees don't care. Cheep

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    Default Re: Where to buy cheap sugar?

    Or try buying syrup from a commercial beek. Hands down best deal for me.

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    Default Re: Where to buy cheap sugar?

    My wife just bought 10 - 4lb bags of sugar from Aldi in Fort Worth for $1.69 .43 a pound, not too bad.
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    Default Re: Where to buy cheap sugar?

    I don't know if it makes a difference, but Aldi's sugar here is beet sugar, not cane sugar.
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    Default Re: Where to buy cheap sugar?

    Village Market (grocery store) in Wellington has it on sale for $1.99 for a 5 lb. bag once in a great while . . . just be sure to leave me some! I've also bought 4 lb. bags on sale for 1.99 once in awhile just about everywhere else. I stock-up on the 5 pounders when I can. Christmas cookie making season seems to be the best time to get the best prices on sugar around here.

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    Default Re: Where to buy cheap sugar?

    Costco in GR has Michigan Beet granulated sugar. I paid 2.05 a pound. You can get it in 25 or 50 pound bags. Not as good as Aldi it sounds like.

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    Default Re: Where to buy cheap sugar?

    wow thats more than 100 bucks for 50lbs
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    Default Re: Where to buy cheap sugar?

    My bad.... I paid 12.00 for 25 pounds.

    .48 a pound

    LOL... Dutch math!
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    Default Re: Where to buy cheap sugar?

    thank goodness lol. .48 is not bad at all
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    Default Re: Where to buy cheap sugar?

    Quote Originally Posted by StevenG View Post
    I don't know if it makes a difference, but Aldi's sugar here is beet sugar, not cane sugar.
    According to Michael Bush's website, it makes no difference at all if it's cane or beet.

    One should never feed unrefined sugar: powdered, brown because the bees cannot handle the solids. I don't know if Mexican cane sugar is refined or not but would like to know for sure.

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    Default Re: Where to buy cheap sugar?

    Along the same line...
    Has anyone called Sysco or Ben E. Keith to see how much their #50 or #100 sugar is?

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    Default Re: Where to buy cheap sugar?

    Costco has been the lowest price, consistently, in thes parts.... generally around 24.00 or so for a 50# bag. Plus, the cashiers don't look at you funny when you roll up with that much sugar in your cart!

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    Default Re: Where to buy cheap sugar?

    Quote Originally Posted by Brooklyn View Post
    ... buy Mexican cane sugar. Has some junk in it but bees don't care. Cheep
    What kind of junk? I care, even if the bees don't.

    Wayne

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