I was shopping at Whole Foods and found an aisle that had many grains, nuts and seeds but they were in big containers and unpackaged. They were much cheaper because these food items were not packaged. You grab a bag and buy only the amount that you need and it is cheaper per pound than if you bought the packaged food.
I was buying black beans (uncooked) on sale and was able to buy the unpackaged black beans for a $1 less (same amount!). I found the same with brown rice, flax seeds, oat bran and walnuts. I was not bothered at all by having to place the foods in the plastic baggies and add the twist tie. In fact, I was very happy that I could buy the quantity I needed instead of a larger amount.
I would have completely missed this aisle if one of the store assistants had not mentioned it to me. What a treat!
Also look for the store brands. I compared food labels and found foods that were comparable to what I needed but because they were the store brand, it was much cheaper!
I also stay away from the packaged to go items. Yes they are convenient, but they cost a heck of a lot more.
I share this story with you, because there are ways to save money and still shop healthy. We just have to take some time and explore the store a bit.