Buying in Bulk: When To Do It and When to Avoid it
07/10/2012 12:03 PM
Buying in bulk can save you a lot of money if you're likely to use all that you buy before it goes bad. It can also save you a ton when there's no chance of the items going bad at all (i.e. paper products). But sometimes, you'll save money and waste less by not taking advantage of bulk sales. Take a look at some insights on the subject from Bargaineering:
Great Things to Buy in Bulk on Sale
- Canned Goods
- Frozen Fruits and Veggies
- White Rice
- Beef, Pork, Chicken and Fish (freeze well)
- Paper Products (i.e. Tissues and Toilet Paper)
- Personal Care Items
When Not to Buy in Bulk
There are some items that just aren't as good in bulk. Most of these are items that are heavy on the oils. Olive oil, for example, lasts a little more than six months when you keep it cool and dark, but eventually it goes rancid. Stocking up on olive oil, when you aren't likely to use it all quickly, can be a waste of money. Likewise, you want to be careful about purchasing nuts in bulk. The oils in the nuts go rancid as well.
What are some things that you buy in bulk to save? And what are the things that don't tend to save you money when you buy in bulk?
Read more over at Bargaineering's Should You Buy That in Bulk?