Buying in bulk can often save money. It is important to think if the item is something you use a lot of and if it will be used up before its use by date.
Here are ten bulk buying tips:
Before buying in bulk think about whether you have space to store your purchases. Can you keep track of what you have in reserve?
Rotate your stockpile so you use the oldest items first.
Bulk buying with a friend or a group can be economical. There are stores dedicated to bulk buying but sometimes items on special at the supermarket work out cheaper.
Sometimes products are sold in different size boxes or tins which are difficult to compare. Now most supermarkets show a price per 100g and it is simple to compare products. Usually it is cheaper to buy in bulk but always check. Also think about the needs of your household to decide if buying a particular item in bulk will work for you.
If you are buying goods that will need to be kept frozen, do you need to buy a freezer? Pre-loved freezers in good condition can be bought second hand. Check the freezer works efficiently before outlaying money on costly items like bulk meat. Chest freezers are cheaper to run than upright models.
If you want to buy larger quantities of brown rice or wholemeal flour but are concerned about weevils, store these items in the freezer in airtight containers or strong plastic bags .
Date items in the freezer if they are not stored in packaging already stamped with a date.
When buying goods that will be frozen, buy a quantity you can use up before it starts to lose nutritional value. Even goods kept in a freezer deteriorate over time.
Some items can be bought in bulk from health food shops or fruit and vegetable stores. You may need to provide your own containers but the savings can make it worth the effort.
If you buy products like sauce in large containers you may find it more convenient to decant some into a smaller bottle for use at the table. It tends to avoid the problem of a child tipping a large 2 litre bottle and sauce going everywhere. You are not saving money if sauce or whatever gets spilt all over the place.
Keep up to date with prices at different outlets to make sure any bulk buys are actually saving you money and that you are getting the best deal.