Buying in bulk can save you some dough on items with a long shelf life. Here are my favorite bulk purchases:
- Toilet Paper – Your target price is less than $0.50 per double roll, or $0.25 per single roll. If you keep your eyes open, you can routinely find these prices on Amazon, or at your local CVS, Walgreens and Target. You can even occasionally find bulk offers at your local grocery store.
- Office Supplies – Shop from July – August to take advantage of huge back-to-school price cuts on everything imaginable. You’ll want to get a one-year supply during this time, so you never have to pay full price for these items. You can also look into office supply store rewards programs as a way to get huge discounts on copy paper.
- Dried Beans & Pasta – Save as much as 30% on these items by buying in bulk from a wholesale club, or from bulk storage bins at the health food store.
- Grains – The bulk aisle will also save you big bucks on rice, pilafs, polenta, oats and oatmeal. As with beans & pasta, check your wholesale club, health food store or local grocery store.
- Spices – Hands-down, the best way to buy spices is in bulk. They’re fresher, cheaper and often higher quality than their canned cousins. Check your local grocery store, health food store or ethnic stores. You can usually find them at Whole Foods as well. Don’t be scared away by the price per pound, because it takes a LOT of spice to equal one pound. When you compare ounce to ounce prices with the packaged varieties, you’ll see how big your savings is! Just remember the shelf life is usually around one year, so only buy what you need.
- Aluminum Foil & Plastic Wrap – If you have the space in your kitchen, you can save as much as 50% buying the huge warehouse club rolls rather than the smaller rolls at the grocery store.
- Meat – go in halfsies with a friend and purchase a whole cow. Money Saving Mom has an article on this with plenty of helpful tips in the comment section from folks who have done it!