Practical ways to live better on less.
Buying in bulk is a great idea most of the time, however, you need to keep in mind expiration dates and usability. Some items are great to buy in bulk, while others end up being not such a good deal in the end. Stick to items that are used on a daily basis that won’t expire anytime soon. Here are a few of my favorite bulk buys.
Top 10 Bulk Buys
1. Toilet paper – Buy toilet paper in the biggest size possible. You are going to use it everyday and it will never expire. What’s the difference if you spend the money now or later? The bigger packs are always the better deal. Additionally, check the unit price to determine the best deal (usually located beneath the product).
2. Toothpaste – Toothpaste is something you are going to use several times a day and it doesn’t expire. Save yourself some money by buying bulk packs (often 4 or 5 packs are sold together). Check online for the best bulk deals.
3. Toothbrushes – You need to replace your toothbrush every few months, so stock up and save money at the same time. Concentrate on buying bigger sized packs of cheaper toothbrushes, rather than pricey single toothbrushes. Most of the fancy toothbrushes do not clean better than a dollar toothbrush. Dollar Tree sells 3-4 toothbrush packs for only a buck.
4. Coffee/tea – If you are a frequent coffee and tea drinker, you may want to consider stocking up with bulk containers or bags instead of running to the store several times a week. Tea and coffee will stay fresh in a canister for at least a year. I normally purchase bulk tea online from a company called Davidson’s.
5. Hand soap & bathroom soap – You can never stock up on too much soap. Buying a refillable container of soap versus another soap dispenser is going to be the better deal. When purchasing bath soap, look for double or triple packs for the most savings. And skip pricey liquid bath soap, which is not only more expensive, but also contains more harmful ingredients.
6. Frozen vegetables and fruits – We all know that fresh fruits and vegetables are the best way to go, however, it is always a great idea to have frozen varieties on hand, particularly because they stay good for longer periods of time. Frozen fruits and vegetables can last for years, so you can safely stock up on as much as you like, without throwing out anything you can’t get around to as is the case with fresh produce.
7. Vinegar and baking soda – Baking soda and vinegar are 2 of the most versatile products. They are worth purchasing in bulk because you can use them for everything – cleaning, beauty, cooking, etc. They won’t go bad anytime soon, so stock up and save!
8. Pet food and supplies – I purchase the largest size bags of cat food and litter because it is much cheaper to do so. Plus, I can reduce my trips to the pet store by purchasing the largest quantity.
9. Laundry detergent – Laundry detergent is a great item to buy in bulk because it doesn’t expire and you are always going to have a need to wash your clothes. Take advantage of any 2 for 1 or multi packs of detergent that you come across. Also be sure to check the unit price amongst various brands.
10. Contacts – When purchasing disposable contacts, I always buy the year supply instead of the one month supply. I save a lot of money using this technique. Not to mention the convenience of not having to reorder for another year.
What are some of your favorite items to buy in bulk?