Among the Masses: Saving Money By Buying In Bulk
We all want to buy the best quality groceries that we can afford, but high quality groceries come at a cost. We want to make sure that we’re making healthy meals with enough vitamins and nutrients, without breaking the bank.
One of the best ways of saving money on groceries is to buy in bulk and then store them, and this is if you have a chest freezer or a large freezer in your home. Below are some tried and tested tips for bulk buying which will save you and your family some money, while still allowing you to eat healthily and with good quality ingredients.
Become a member
Warehouse stores may involve a joining fee, but once you’re a member you’ll find that after that initial outlay you’ll be saving lots of money with bulk-packaged items.
Watch out for use-by dates
When you’re buying in bulk, ensure that you’re not investing in something which will go out of date before you get a chance to use them. Saving money on groceries includes reducing waste, so buy wisely and stock up on dry goods as much as you can.
Use your freezer wisely
Here’s where your chest freezer comes in handy: if you do buy something in bulk which might spoil, portion it out into meal sizes, write the date on the package and freeze it. Or cook it all up in one large batch and freeze a proportion for a quick dinner later on.
Best things to buy
The best things to buy are the items which your household will inevitably use but which will never spoil over time. These include dry pasta, rice, toilet paper, light bulbs, toothbrushes and toothpaste, and batteries. Fresh vegetables bought in bulk aren’t the best idea, nor are condiments such as ketchup and mayonnaise, as they’re not used as quickly as you’d think and may go off.
It’s great to feel like you’re saving money while you shop, and buying in bulk is a great way to do it: you can save a huge percentage of what you’d ordinarily pay by buying individual items in a normal grocery shop. Plan ahead, ensure that you have the facility to freeze and perishable items if you need to, and you’ll be laughing all the way to the bank!