post off: do you buy in bulk?

Let’s face it, everyone is thinking about these tough economic times and trying to find ways to conserve cash. One thing you hear time and again is the benefit of buying in bulk. Living with limited space has always made bulk shopping a difficult task, but I think it might be the time to make it work. I’m always amazed at the deals my mom gets at BJ’s Wholesale Club, and my Gramps is a regular at Costco. Do you buy in bulk? If so, which items are best in big batches? Where do you shop? How do you store everything? I’d love to get some insight and tips from savvy readers. –Erica P.

From our partners

We buy the household staples (toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning supplies, etc.) in bulk quantities.

I heartily suggest only buying items in the brands you already know you love in bulk. Otherwise, you could end up with dozens of something you’ll never use – not in a million years.

Storage isn’t too much of an issue for us. My laundry room has enough shelving to hold everything comfortably.

Ellie

I’m curious to hear this too as a free trial just came in the mail.

I sometimes tag along with a friend and buy my toilet paper in bulk because I prefer the individually wrapped rolls. Then they can be stored separately. Some in each bathroom and the rest I leave hidden in the linen closet.

I third buying common household items in bulk. We’re fortunate to have extra closet space, so we buy detergents, toilet paper, and paper towels in bulk whenever we can. As much as I hate to support the Wally World family, I don’t know what we’d do without our local Sam’s Club.

We also have a small chest freezer in our kitchen (another Sam’s Club find and $150 well spent), so we can buy fresh foods in bulk, separate everything into individual packages, and deep freeze what we won’t use right away. Less spoiled food that way!

There are only two of us so it still seems like overkill to me to buy most things in bulk. If there is a holiday or a big party coming up I will hitch a ride to Costco with my sister because they have good deals on stuff like meats and booze, but I still don’t think I’d get my own membership.

Jaymie

I buy things we go through a lot of and things I’ve noticed are actually cheaper. Sometimes it’s not. I get fruit at Costco, they have a great fruit selection, but it’s huge quantities. I buy hamburger and separate and freeze it. Cheese, the sliced cheese is far cheaper there, and milk is cheaper and we easily go through 2 gallons. I get coffee also and wheat thins and sometimes granola bars. That’s about it. Everything else I wait for sales at the regular grocery. I’ve found by shopping sales and getting some things at costco I’m saving a bunch of money and time shopping

Jaymie

I buy things we go through a lot of and things I’ve noticed are actually cheaper. Sometimes it’s not. I get fruit at Costco, they have a great fruit selection, but it’s huge quantities. I buy hamburger and separate and freeze it. Cheese, the sliced cheese is far cheaper there, and milk is cheaper and we easily go through 2 gallons. I get coffee also and wheat thins and sometimes granola bars. That’s about it. Everything else I wait for sales at the regular grocery. I’ve found by shopping sales and getting some things at costco I’m saving a bunch of money and time shopping

Megan B

I like to buy in bulk on certain things, Field Roast (www.fieldroast.com) being one of them. Up until very recently though, I couldn’t really do much bulk shopping because of storage constraints.

we buy garbage bags, vinegar and baking soda (for cleaning), coffee, paper products and sometimes, during big baking times, like the holidays, things like choc. chips, vanilla and sugar.

but i find that costco doesn’t always have things that i want or a brand i want like, say, soymilk…they might have it but they don’t have light soymilk, for example. also, we find that, since there are only two of us, cereal goes stale before we can finish it, our freezer isn’t big enough for bulk buys of meat and fruit spoils before it’s all gone, so you really have to weigh shelf life vs. how much you can possibly consume into the prices.

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Costco is our main grocery store. My boyfriend is a personal trainer and health nut so he eats a TON of fruits and veggies and chicken and eggs. He can get all organic (for the most part) there, and since he goes through it so quick, it’s usually not that big of a deal that he lives in a 525 sq ft condo, where storage is at a premium. We also buy the staples of household items like detergant, soap, TP and PT (tiolet paper and paper towels). I just make it work, because it’s a huge savings, even though we spend an arm and a leg each time we go…it’d be worse at the regular store.

abby

i make green juices every day, so i get a lot of the ingredients at costco. i’ve also purchased prescription drugs, eyeglasses, printer ink, a bathrobe, starbucks gift cards, faux metro shelving, hiking shoes, gas and lots of other random stuff. i get waaaaaay too excited in there.