Despite the name, the bulk aisle is just as handy for buying small portions of something new you want to try out as it is to buy large quantities of stuff you know you'll use a lot, which can save lots of money and space in your pantry.
I've heard varying opinions on the bulk section, with questions like "how fresh is the food?" It really comes down to knowing your grocery store and being willing to ask questions. I've gotten bulk items from large health food stores like Earth Fare to small local co-ops and have never had an issue with freshness. I've actually become obsessed with hitting up the bulk section whenever going to a new store now. It's fun to see the selection and try new things.
Items You Can Find In Bulk Bins: