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.

Oh Where Oh Where Has My Publix Weekly Ad Gone?

What a terrible week I had after not being able to use my Publix weekly ad on Sunday while I shopped for groceries. It all started on Thursday night just after stuffing myself with turkey and all the fixings, and it ended on a sour note on Sunday night. I was in line at 1 AM on Friday at Walmart, hoping to get my hands on one of the $298 laptop specials from Hewlett-Packard.

This was the first time I went shopping on Black Friday. I normally hate long lines, I hate waiting, and I really can’t stand crowds. This is definitely not my cup of tea as I found it so ridiculous that I will never do this again. I should have known better; I should have trusted my instincts like I have done in the past when it comes to shopping the day after Thanksgiving. There really are some great deals on Black Friday but for me, it really is not worth the hassle. I think part of the attitude I have towards this is because I use Publix weekly ads and I always save anyway so I figure I’m well ahead of the game.

Anyhow, I decided to go shopping for groceries on Saturday night because we were good to have some friends come over for movie night. I figured I could grab the weekly while I was a Publix and make some sort of a list where I could save just as much or almost as much.

This ultimately spelled disaster for me; I was pressed for time, and by being in a hurry, I was not able to take advantage of all the specials that I would have liked to. I was smart to hurry because I just barely made it in time before our friends came over but I was completely negligent and not making a shopping list revolving around the Publix weekly ad like I normally do. By my calculations, I ended up spending $45-$55 more than I normally would have had I used the Publix weekly flyer. For me, that’s inexcusable, and I will vow to never let it happen again at whatever cost.