When I was younger I thought that people who bought items in bulk were nuts. Who would want a ton of extra stuff laying around? Well, as I have gotten older, I discovered what the hype was behind buying in bulk.
- You don’t have to worry about running out any time soon.
- …Which means you also don’t have to go to the store as often and deal with those ridiculous crowds.
- Buying in bulk can also save you a bit of money.
Obviously buying everything in bulk would be over-the-top but there are a few things that I will always buy in bulk.
If you aren’t buying your cleaning supplies in bulk you are probably paying way too much. Think about the crazy discount corporations get for their cleaning supplies. Whether it be a cleaning company or an office they get a HUGE discount because they are buying it in bulk. I discovered that you can order bulk cleaning supplies on Amazon for fairly cheap as well (and you get it delivered right to your door). Since I pay for Prime I don’t have to pay for shipping either. Bulk amounts of something like Lysol wipes are under $10, saving me a ton on items I need anyway.
There are some bathroom items I will buy in bulk but not many since there isn’t much space to store things in the bathroom. Buying body wash, shampoo/conditioner and toilet paper in bulk can save you quite a bit of money though. If you are looking for good deals on these bulk items you may want to check out Costco (they’ve got some great prices).
Almonds, peanuts, cashews, pistachios or whatever nut I’m feeling like for a snack usually gets picked up in bulk. Why? Well, buying nuts in bulk saves you money. You are paying for the packaging and the seasoning. Instead you can buy nuts in bulk and season them yourself for much less. I find that the best places to go to buy bulk nuts are places like Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods.
Coffee is another great thing to buy in bulk (especially if you’re a coffee lover like I am). You can usually order coffee in bulk online and save a bit of cash. This works best if you have a coffee company you prefer to order from all the time. They may even give you freebies from time to time! You can also head to your local supermarket and grind your own coffee if that service is available (though these tend to be a bit more expensive than other buy-in-bulk options).
The last item I’d like to suggest you buy in bulk is meat, especially if there is a sale. For instance, a while ago my local supermarket had buy 2, get 3 free chicken breast. I left with five packages of chicken breast but ended up saving myself a ton of money in the long run (each pack cost less than $5). The best thing about buying meat in bulk is that you can freeze it and don’t have to worry about it going bad for quite some time. When you’re ready to eat it, thaw and cook it and you have yourself a meal!
These are just five things that you can buy in bulk to save some cash or make your life a little easier. If you have any other suggestions as to what you should buy in bulk, let us know!
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Amanda Blankenship is the Director of Social Media for District Media. In addition to her duties handling everything social media, she frequently writes for a handful of blogs and loves to share her own personal finance story with others. When she isn’t typing away at her desk, she enjoys spending time with her daughter, husband, and dog. During her free time, you’re likely to find her with her nose in a book, hiking, or playing RPG video games.
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