So here’s my question for those who think that buying in bulk is a bit of a waste or too expensive to do at one time…
Give some thought to trying a bulk shopping trip. Here’s a few tips to help you get ready.
- Clear out your pantry.
- Begin making your list of items you will want, items you use a LOT of, and items you may want just for convenience, and items that you use a little. Get familiar with your list.
- Don’t run to the grocery store for a while. Save those dollars back and use up what you have. You may feel that you get down to bare bones, and that is ok. You will have room and money for your trip.
- Start a weekly or monthly menu plan. That way you will have an idea for what you are going for and your goal.
- Compare! Know your prices. If you know you are going to save a ton at one place on a particular item, then make an extra stop. Be a sharp and smart shopper.
- Make an ongoing list of prices. If you are a list maker like me, this will make things even more happy. Check prices, make notes of them. You will see many things increase and maybe even decrease between trips… most likely increase.
- When you have an opportunity to stock up, do it. If you find a huge deal on something and you have the space and you know you use it often, buy a little extra and store it! This is a HUGE help in our family. We found an excellent deal on chicken legs one day. I bought 40 lbs for just a few dollars!!! I came home and put some on for supper that night and then vacuum sealed the rest for the freezer! Many suppers meat was supplied in that purchase.
- Don’t buy on impulse too much. If you won’t use it… don’t buy it. No matter how good the deal. If you don’t use it, it is going to be a waste of your money.