Buying in Bulk – Does it Make Sense?

Almost everyone is trying to get the cheapest deals on the planet and buying in bulk is becoming more popular than ever. However, the question lingers; if you buy in bulk does it really save you the amount of money that it’s all cracked up to be? Buying in bulk doesn’t really mean simply just visiting Costco or BJ’s, and filling up your cart with supersized items those stores offer.

To use the method correctly you have to know which items you can buy and which ones to pass on. Just because you are buying those super-sized packs of food items, don’t be fooled into thinking every one is a bargain.

What kind of items should you buy in bulk?

I like to bulk up on items that I use almost every single day, such as cereals, dry goods including boxes of complete dinners where all you have to do is add meats to them, canned goods, and toiletries such as toilet paper, kitchen towels, and detergents. For example, Publix oftentimes has their own brand of paper towels on sale for three for four dollars and this is a great deal; their paper towels are just as good as any other brand out there as far as I’m concerned.

Costco and BJ’s offer some great deals on bulk items but you have to know exactly where to look. You have to be very selective at the stores; you could easily end up buying unnecessary items that will go uneaten in your household.

Another great idea when specific items are on sale in bulk, is to share the savings with other family members or friends. You can either go shopping together or you can simply phone them and explain the type of deal you can get that if they want to participate.

Many people invest in a smaller freezer that they can keep in their garage or in some other area of their home. This enables them to buy meats in bulk. Every now and then at Publix the meats are on sale and this would be the perfect time to stock up on them. Sometimes, these meats are BOGO offers. If you don’t have an extra freezer, you should know that within 3 to 4 months you will make back your investment and more if you can buy one in the 100 to 200 dollar range.

To make certain that you’re getting the absolute best deal on any one of the bulk items that you are purchasing, you have to compare the cost of the item per unit. Manufacturer have gotten good at disguising products and making it appear that you’re getting a great deal when in fact, you’re buying the same product at the same price, only you’re buying more of that product because it’s in a super pack.

Buying in bulk really does work but you have to be careful not to go overboard and be sucked into the little game that stores and manufacturers play with customers. Just because a super-sized item is on sale does not mean you’re getting the best deal; it’s up to you to make wise decisions and learn the game of shopping while you buy in bulk.