Saving money while shopping is tricky business, especially when you’re 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 we’re 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 – 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 you’re looking at buying something that you don’t use all that often, it’s better to buy the smaller size. You don’t want products to expire just because it seemed like a good deal at the time – then you’ll 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 don’t 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 you’re buying by purchasing a smaller portion first. There’s nothing worse than having an endless supply of a product that you’ve realized you don’t like at all and there’s no saving money that way, only wasting it.
5. Be wary of buying perishable products
If you can’t freeze the excess product and you aren’t sure if you’ll be able to eat your way through something before it goes bad then it probably isn’t 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 night’s meals and nothing else.
Buying in bulk can end up saving you a lot of money on items that you regularly use… or end up costing you a lot of money on stuff you thought you needed but didn’t. 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.