These days, when so many people are struggling to stick to their budgets, knowing how to save money is crucial. Buying things in bulk might be a good way to save some money, but it does not mean you should be buying multiple quantities of every single item. There is always the risk that it will end up unused, just taking up the precious space of your tiny apartment. Therefore, it is important to know the basic rules of buying in bulk. First, you should always buy only things that you really need and use on a regular basis. Second, you should always make sure that the things you want to buy in bulk are durable enough to be still good and usable after several weeks or a month. Third, you should make sure you really do have a place to store the goods. And fourth, you should always ask yourself, “Do I really want to eat the same cereals/potato chips/pasta or whatever for the next months/years/rest of my life?” As we are fans of cool ways of saving money, we took a closer look at the pros and cons of buying in bulk and compiled a list with products that can help you stay on budget when bought in bulk. From toilet paper and batteries to toothpaste and chewing gum, here are 25 Items That Are Smart To Buy In Bulk To Save You Tons Of Money.
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Toilet paper is a bulk purchase classic. It never expires or spoils, you need it every single day, and running out of it is a big problem. Let us just say there is never enough toilet paper to have around. The only drawback of buying toilet paper in bulk is the fact that is takes up a lot of space.
Especially now in summer, water and soft drinks are one of the things that are definitely recommended to be bought in bulk as they are consumed in massive quantities. Moreover, the price difference between an individual bottle and a bottle in a big multi-pack can be really remarkable.
Batteries are not among the products that people typically buy in bulk, but there is a good reason why it pays off. The multi-pack is considerably cheaper than buying individual batteries. Plus, contrary to belief, batteries have a long shelf life when kept properly in a cool and dry place.
Buying a huge multi-package of diapers seems a bit challenging as it might take some logistical skills to get it home safely and find room to store them, but it will definitely save you money since families with small babies use several diapers daily for quite a while.
Trash bags are among the things that we don’t buy very often but are desperately missed when they happen to run out. Buying trash bags in bulk saves you money and the frustrating feeling when you have nothing to put your trash into. Moreover, trash bags are very compact and easy to store.
Cereals are durable and quite easy to store, which makes them suitable for a bulk purchase. Before making your bulk cereal purchase, make sure to pick a flavor that you will not be tired of too quickly. This is particularly important if you have kids who tend to change their tastes very often.
Pet food is often sold in huge packages that are significantly cheaper than buying smaller packs. Just make sure your dog or cat will be able to eat it before the expiration date. Even dry granular food can go bad when unused for a long time.
You probably don’t buy butter in bulk, but maybe you should. Actually, butter can be easily stored in the freezer where it will stay fresh for months. Just remember to take it out a few hours before using it so that it can defrost.
Similarly to toilet paper, napkins never go bad, and it is always good to have them around. Buying them in bulk will save you money and the embarrassing moments when you need to wipe your mouth but have no napkins.
Small packages of nuts can be ridiculously expensive these days, which is why buying them in bulk is a great way to save money. If you happen to buy too many of them, you can just put the nuts in the freezer and eat them later.
Beer is a great thing to buy in bulk. Beer multi-packs are cheap, they are durable and easy to store, and they give you the exhilarating feeling that you will never run out of beer (which is not true anyway).
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When bought in those small cute assorted packages, spices can cost fortunes. Save money by getting individual huge bags that are much cheaper. If you store your spices in a dry place, they can last for years.
Many people buy toothpaste in multi-packs, and those who don’t should adopt this habit too. Toothpaste doesn’t take up too much space, the tubes are durable, and you need some every day. Don’t hesitate to go for the largest toothpaste package you can find.
Yes, we know that toothbrushes seem like a weird thing to buy in bulk, but let us show you it is not. Dentists say you should get a new toothbrush every 3 months. That translates to 12 toothbrushes for 3 years. Buying toothbrushes in bulk might not help you buy a new car, but it can definitely add to your savings in the long run.
Perishable foods should usually be avoided at bulk stores, but it’s a great example of food that can be safely stored in a freezer for months. Just make sure it gets sealed and frozen properly.
When stored in proper conditions, pasta can keep for two years. Don’t waste your money on those expensive little packages, and start buying pasta in bulk.
Laundry is one of the household chores that you (or your partner) will be probably doing for the rest of your life, which means there is never enough laundry detergent to have. By buying these things in bulk, you will save both your time and money.
We all want our bread to be fresh and crispy, which is why we usually buy bread in small quantities every day or every other day. However, have you ever tried to put it in the freezer? It works just fine. Just remember to take it out at least one hour before eating it to avoid having to use the microwave, which might make the bread soggy.
Light bulbs are considerably cheaper when you buy them in a multi-pack, and you can bet you will need them sooner or later. If you have already happened to run out of light bulbs, you know that living by candle light might seem romantic but is not cool at all in fact.
If you see a bulk package of your favorite shower gel on the shelf, take it. Shower gels, soaps, and other personal care products will not go bad, and the price will be way lower when purchased in bulk.
Tuna and other canned foods sold in little individual cans are often incredibly overpriced. Get the best deal on these products by buying them in as large of a multi-pack as you can find. Canned food is easy to store and can last for years.
Buying condoms in bulk has two major advantages – it saves you a lot of money, and it prevents those embarrassing situations when you have to run out to the closest store to get a condom after you realize you have no more left. Just be sure to watch the expiration date and store them appropriately.
If you are one of those who need to chew gum all day long, you should definitely buy it in bulk. Some producers sell their gum in large plastic containers that are much cheaper than the traditional small packages that contain just 10 pieces.
Rice lasts for years, and it is compact and easy to store, which makes it a perfect thing to buy in bulk. Moreover, there are many great and healthy dishes that you can prepare from rice.
Buying candy in bulk can save you tons of money as these things are getting really expensive. However, there is a little catch here – a word of caution. The more candy you have, the faster you might eat it. So make sure not to exceed the recommended amount when consuming it.