To Buy in Bulk or Not to Buy in Bulk?

February 8, 2012 | Posted By: Laura Backes | Categorized in: Shopping
Saving money while shopping is tricky business, especially when youíre considering buying items in bulk or not. There are definitely a lot of benefits to buying certain items in bulk, one of the main ones being that it can be considerably cheaper than buying smaller portions. However not all things are best bought in bulk, and there are certain aspects of bulk-buying that need to be considered beforehand to ensure that you actually end up saving money.

1. Do your homework

Despite what weíre preconditioned to think, the larger quantity does not always designate the cheaper price. Most grocery stores, convenience stores, and wholesale stores will list the price per ounce or per serving on the shelf tag, so be sure to check and compare the price per serving for both the smaller and bigger sized products Ė you may be surprised to find that the smaller options are sometimes the more cost-effective deals.

2. Be realistic

Buying in bulk is great for products that you regularly use and go through quickly. For instance, if you do a significant amount of baking and go through bags of sugar or flour routinely then it makes sense to buy mass quantities of the stuff. But if youíre looking at buying something that you donít use all that often, itís better to buy the smaller size. You donít want products to expire just because it seemed like a good deal at the time Ė then youíll end up wasting money instead of saving it.

3. Consider storage space

The last thing you want to do is to go on to a wholesale store, go on a shopping frenzy buying bulk foods and necessities like toilet paper or paper towels, and then come home only to realize that you donít have nearly enough room to store all of it. Then what will you do with that palate of cereal boxes?

4. Pre-test products

Before you go crazy buying the massive container of granola make sure you actually like the brand youíre buying by purchasing a smaller portion first. Thereís nothing worse than having an endless supply of a product that youíve realized you donít like at all and thereís no saving money that way, only wasting it.

5. Be wary of buying perishable products

If you canít freeze the excess product and you arenít sure if youíll be able to eat your way through something before it goes bad then it probably isnít worth it to buy the larger quantity. Bulk items are great for non-perishable items and products like chicken or fish that you can portion out and freeze, but not so great for spinach that you want for one or two nightís meals and nothing else.
Buying in bulk can end up saving you a lot of money on items that you regularly useÖ or end up costing you a lot of money on stuff you thought you needed but didnít. So before you get caught up purchasing everything in mass quantities do your homework and do some planning so that you really are getting the most bang for your buck.

This is a guest post from Laura Backes, she enjoys writing about all kinds of subjects and also topics related to internet providers in my area. You can reach her at: laurabackes8 @ gmail.com.
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