I’m going to start buying in bulk. Up until very recently, I made a conscious decision not to buy products in bulk. For one, I was a broke college student with no extra money to stock up on sales. And number two, I moved a lot. It’s a pain to have to lug boxes of cans up and down three flights of stairs.
However, because we have more money to make bulk purchases, I’m going to start doing it, even though our apartment doesn’t have a lot of storage space. We don’t plan on living here forever, but even if we have to move all of those bulk purchases, just think about the savings. Stocking a pantry takes a long time and can cost a lot of money. If I can save myself from that burden at my shiny new house or next apartment, it’s money well spent.
As you might recall, my goal is to spend $35/week or less on groceries. Last week, I spent $10 and some change. Since I’m new to buying in bulk, I’m going to put that unspent $25 toward this week’s shopping, rather than save the money. I think spending $25 now on great bulk bargains will be a better use of my funds.
So, I’ll be spending about $60 on grocery purchases this week.
I might swing by Aldi today, and Giant Eagle, Kuhn’s and Shop ‘n Save on Thursday.
In the meantime, be sure to check out these fantastic posts on bulk purchases:
Phillip Brewer of Wise Bread discusses a significant investment return on bulk buying.
Also at Wise Bread, Myscha Theriault posted Bulk Buying 101, a primer on storage ideas, purchase suggestions, and reasons why bulk buying is so important for the frugal shopper.
It’s important that you’re not just buying big packages in large quantities. Read this post by The Ta of Making Money.
Head over to The Simple Dollar for the debate on bulk buying.
Finally, be sure to let me know about your experiences with buying in bulk!