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    Default Where to buy bulk sugar?

    Where is the best place to buy bulk sugar? For now, I am getting it a Sams. A 50# bag is going for $30. Does anyone have any suggestions on where else I can buy? Im in Oklahoma.

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    Default Re: Where to buy bulk sugar?

    How much sugar are you willing to buy at one time?

    If you are simply buying by a few bags at a time, IMHO, you will have a difficult time beating Sams price. If you are capable of taking a truckload, you can get a better price. But if you are that big, buying HFCS instead of sugar is more cost effective.
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    Default Re: Where to buy bulk sugar?

    You can buy it in the grocery store on sale cheaper than the bulk price you are paying for at Sams. Those places are not always the cheapest. I bought 4lb bags of sugar tonight at Krogers for $2.19ea. I dont know how much you mix at 1 time, but I prefer the 4lb bags as I can just count them for the weight I need, instead of weighing out sugar by the pound.
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    I thought I'd save money by going to a restaurant supply company and buying 50lb bags. The cost turned out to roughly equal to the Walmart price so I didn't save any money - but for me handling and storing 50lb bags is much easier than 5 or 10lb bags. I also get my fondant from them for emergency winter time feeding if I need to do so. (And I didn't have to deal with the Walmart clerk asking me just what I was going to use 250lbs of sugar for)

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    Default Re: Where to buy bulk sugar?

    25 lbs of sugar at my local Wal-Mart, not Sam's, 14.95. So basically the same price as buying at Sam's.

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    Default Re: Where to buy bulk sugar?

    Local supermarket is $0.55 a lb in 5 lb bags.

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    Default Re: Where to buy bulk sugar?

    Try some ag supply places for feed grade granulated sugar.
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    Default Re: Where to buy bulk sugar?

    Aldi sells it for about 50 cents a pound in the 4-lb bags, if you have Aldi near you.

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    Default Re: Where to buy bulk sugar?

    I am currently checking for bakery supply places but haven't found one yet.

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    Default Re: Where to buy bulk sugar?

    My local baking supply charges .43 cents per lb. in 100 lb bags. In 50 lb bags it's .46 cents per lb.
    By chance went into Costco to check and was pleasantly surprised to find it for .36 cents per lb in 25 lb bags.

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    Default Re: Where to buy bulk sugar?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hnybkpr View Post
    A 50# bag is going for $30.
    Okay, maybe I'm in a weird location. I just bought 50 pounds at Sam's for about $19 and I'm in Texas right along the Red River. I do agree that smaller packages on sale sometimes is cheaper than bulk

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    Default Re: Where to buy bulk sugar?

    Note that all posts before post #8 are 17 months old. Sugar prices can change quite a lot in that time.
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    Thanks! I missed that one. Man, I thought I was getting a really great deal!

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    Default Re: Where to buy bulk sugar?

    Currently buying 25# bags at BJ's Wholesale Club for $9.95 in upstate NY. Thats 39.8 cents/ pound. This is brand-name Domino Cane Sugar.

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    $ 9.85 per 25lb at Sam's Club in Kalamazoo,MI. Domino cane sugar.

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    Default Re: Where to buy bulk sugar?

    What happens if you are low on sugar, and the stuff you have on hand isn't the normal granulated stuff but either powdered or brown sugar? (Wanted to make sure, is that bad for bees, or not matter what kind its from?)

    And is Sam's club still the cheapest? (This thread was kind of old.)

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    Default Re: Where to buy bulk sugar?

    Quote Originally Posted by hagane View Post
    What happens if you are low on sugar, and the stuff you have on hand isn't the normal granulated stuff but either powdered or brown sugar? (Wanted to make sure, is that bad for bees, or not matter what kind its from?)
    Do Not use brown sugar or powdered sugar Not sure if it would totally kill them, but it will not be a pretty sight.
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    Default Re: Where to buy bulk sugar?

    You shouldn't feed bees any "raw" or "brown" sugar, it can upset their guts (dysentery), which is worse if they can't go on a cleansing flight.

    Aldi is still cheap for sugar, it varies from 0.42 to 0.50 depending on the sale/time of year.

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    Default Re: Where to buy bulk sugar?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nature Coast beek View Post
    25 lbs of sugar at my local Wal-Mart, not Sam's, 14.95. So basically the same price as buying at Sam's.
    $8.32 at My walmart for 25 lb bag of pure cane sugar.
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    Default Re: Where to buy bulk sugar?

    Here in Richmond, Wal-Mart pure cane sugar is .32 per pound in 10# bags. I buy 100# at a time for $32.00 Pretty hard to beat.
    Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.

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