(ATLANTA, Ga.) It’s no secret that buying groceries and having to stock your pantry and fridge can get costly, whether you’re a single person or have a family. While $2.00 for butter and $1.00 for a loaf of bread may not seem like a lot at the moment, it can add up. However, there are ways that buying in bulk to save money helps cut down on the costs as well as the trips to the grocery store.
While your budget can take a hit when buying groceries on a biweekly basis, or even a weekly basis, you can save a few dollars by buying in bulk. Granted, every item you purchase doesn’t have to be mega-sized or last you for six months. However, you can save some money if you consider buying the items that you frequently use in large amounts.
TIPS FOR BUYING IN BULK TO SAVE MONEY
Spending $15 on a bulk-size box of trash bags that will last you months will save you money over time. Think about it, when you’re constantly buying trash bags every week or every other week, you’re spending between $7-$14 each time. Save yourself the extra bucks and the extra trips to the store.
When you buy your food in bulk, make sure you only get things you really need and frequently use. Stocking up on items like family-sized ketchup, eggs, oatmeal, pasta and noodles, frozen vegetables, and meat can save your budget in the long run. Remember to only shop for food items that you'll need and plan to eat for a few weeks after shopping. Usually, frozen food items and non-perishable canned goods are a go-to for shopping in bulk.
WHERE TO SHOP IN BULK
The two most popular stores that consumers shop at when buying their items in bulk are Costco and Sam’s Club. You can also visit a local BJ’s Wholesale Club or try out online services like Amazon and Boxed. Also, keep in mind that many local big box retail stores offer various deals and coupons that offer savings when you buy 5 or more of the same item.
Start identifying the items on your grocery list that you might be able to buy in bulk and watch your savings flourish – with fewer trips to the store
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