Buying in bulk can save you money. It can also cost you money if your not careful. Here are some tricks to consider when buying items in bulk.
1. Visit a bulk item store such as Sam's or Costco with someone who already has a membership first before investing your own money into a membership. Take a tour of the store so you know what they have to offer.
2. Make a list of what you would like to buy. List things that you use daily and can be stored for a long period of time. Only purchase items you know you will use. Don't buy 10lbs of carrots just because it's a great deal if your the only one in the house that eats them.
3. BRING YOUR CALCULATOR! (This was my life saver on my trip.) Know your price per unit. Before going to the bulk store visit your local grocery store. Check out what the price per unit is for your most often bought items, ie flour, sugar, spices, peanut butter, canned goods, toilet paper. Make a price book if you don't have one. Bring this with you to compare and see if you really are getting a good deal.
4. Make sure you have room to store all your bulk items. Clear off some shelves or make room under a bed. You will probably also need to clear out some extra space in your freezer or maybe invest in a freezer chest.
5. Take into consideration the cost of your membership. Make sure you are saving enough money to cover you membership costs and still making it worth your while to shop.
Buying in bulk can save you time, gas, and money if done right. Hopefully it allows you to make a few less trips to the store each week. It can be a large investment up front but in the long run it may leave you with a little extra cash at the end of the month.
Stay tuned to see what I bought on my first trip to the bulk store!
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