Store big on healthy, affordable food

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Living on a budget can be done healthily and affordably, thanks to a Timaru wholefoods and specialty groceries store.
‘ People can get healthy food and specialised groceries from our store . . . People are aware of health problems and eating healthy and we have a big range of gluten-free and specialist products. ‘
Bin Inn, at 18 Dee St, is home to a wide range of bulk food and grocery items.
Bin Inn owner Shailesh Modi says buying from his store is great for anyone on a budget.
‘‘People can get healthy food and specialised groceries from our store,’’ he said.
‘‘People are aware of health problems and eating healthy and we have a big range of gluten-free and specialist products.’’
Being a bulk food store meant people could buy as much, or as little, as they wanted, he said.
‘‘People can save 10% to 20% on their monthly budget if they come to us.’’
All the shop’s items were sold at a reasonable price, headded.
‘‘We have the lowest price in Timaru on all our nuts and spices. No-one can compare to our prices.’’
The store also sells a large range of home baking goods, breakfast cereals, sauces, jams, chutneys, bird seeds, pet food and accessories, Sukin and Dr Bronner’s skin and hair care products, a variety of ethnic foods, gluten-free items and oldfashioned sweets and lollies.
It also offered free recipes and cleaning hints.
People could also make their own freshly ground peanut butter in store he said.
Mr Modi said buying cleaning products at Bin Inn couldn’t be cheaper, either.
‘‘You can buy the cleaners and refill them and can save the environment as well by reusing and refilling the bottles.’’
Oils and vinegars could also be refilled at Bin Inn.
Mr Modi has been the owner of Timaru’s Bin Inn since May 2008.
‘‘I was a bank manager for 16 years and a maths teacher in India, and put that behind me to move to New Zealand in 2002 for a better life.
‘‘I found a great opportunity with Bin Inn, and my wife Kamini has worked hard.’’