While buying in bulk can be a very cost-effective way to grocery shop, you might be surprised to learn that buying in bulk isn’t always the best way to save money.
While you may find some great deals, if you’re not actually going to use the products it isn’t much of a deal at all. And it’s the same story if you don’t actually have room to store all the shopping you bring home!
Still, there are items that you really can’t go wrong buying in bulk. Check out my list of what to buy in bulk, plus five more things you shouldn’t!
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What to Buy in Bulk
1. Paper goods
You can score some great deals on most anything paper-related, like toilet paper, paper towels, and napkins. The only thing you’ll need to consider is storage space. These items can take up a lot of room in the cabinets and on the shelves. But, if it’s a deal you can’t pass up, consider storing excess items under your bed.
Keep an eye out for paper towel, toilet paper, and napkin coupons at Coupons.com!
2. Canned goods
Canned foods usually have a longer shelve life. If you’re able to buy a multi-flavored pack in bulk to add some variety, that’s even better.
3. Laundry detergent
Laundry detergent usually has a long shelf life, so it’s worth it to buy in bulk. Keep in mind, these days a little goes a long way, so stocking up can mean you load up on as few as three containers.
4. Office supplies
These are something I always buy in bulk when the school year begins. Even though I no longer have kids in school, the deals work well for my home and office use. Things like printer paper, pens, and folders are at rock bottom prices beginning in August, so why not stock up for the year?
5. Body lotion
If you find a deal on your body lotion you can’t refuse, go ahead and stock up. But, be sure to store your extra bottles in a cool spot — and don’t open them up until you’re ready to use them!
Keep in mind this doesn’t apply to face cream, which doesn’t have as long a shelf life.
What to Avoid Buying in Bulk
While it may last for quite a while, quite often by the time you get to the third box of cereal you’re tired of eating the same flavor. Since cereal goes on sale quite frequently and you can usually find a coupon for additional savings, you don’t really need to buy in bulk to score a savings. Using this strategy, you can sometimes score a box of cereal for as little as a dollar!
2. Candy & chocolates
Candy and sweets are an item that you may want to think twice about buying in bulk. Having large backs of chocolates or candy lying around the house can make it easier to eat more than you usually would!
3. Cooking oil
Unless you use cooking oils on a daily basis, it may be better to buy oils as you need them. Some do have a good shelf life, but oftentimes oil is better when it is fresher.
4. Face cream
Facial cream usually has a shorter shelf live than other types of creams. A good practice is to always check on the length of time the active ingredients last while unopened. Sometimes it’s better to buy a small container and keep the powerful ingredients working!
5. Fruits, veggies & meat
Produce doesn’t last too long and even if the deal is too good to pass up, throwing out spoiled produce doesn’t save anyone money. So, buy produce according to how you will consume it. If the deal is too good to pass up, split the produce and the cost with another family, or learn how to freeze it!