My family goes through oatmeal at an amazing rate. We have it nearly every morning with different add ins. I purchase the oats in bulk , but the store is in an area that is nowhere near my usual circuit. My regular grocery store was quiet the other morning and I had a brief chat with the lady in the bakery department. I asked if she had any of the 5 gallon buckets used to store frosting. She said I was welcome to have one, but that I would need to wash it out.
A little hot water, a little soap, and I now have a great place to keep my oats. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be getting a few more for rice, flour, and sugar.
Remember to be considerate while asking, if the department is hopping, wait for another day. Every bucket repurposed as bulk storage is one less bucket that heads for the recycling plant or the landfill.