Lots of money saving advice on the internet is tailored toward helping families save money on groceries. This advice commonly suggests buying things in bulk at places like Sam’s Club or Costco. While I don’t disagree that this can save money for families on the things they use most often, this advice is generally not helpful or applicable to the single person, like me, who’s trying to save money on groceries and household basics.
Buying in bulk is usually not an option for a single person. Unless you eat the same meals day in and day out, purchasing bulk food and ingredients isn’t a good idea because they generally come in such a large quantity that it isn’t feasible to use them up in a timely manner, aka before they expire or spoil.
However, that being said, there are a few things that us single ladies can buy in bulk to successfully save and get our money’s worth. Here are 5 things I buy in bulk:
I am a hair product junkie! I’m not one that often switches products or has to try the “latest and greatest,” instead I’m one that has found what works for me and my hair and I use those products faithfully.
Now that I’ve found my all-time favorite products, I buy them in bulk whenever possible. Sometimes bulk deals can be found at Costco or Sam’s Club and other times I’ve found my hair product available in bulk on Amazon.
Personal Hygiene Items
Whenever there’s a big sale on the types of shampoo, hand soap, body wash, etc that I use, I stock up big time! Because these items don’t expire, I stocked up last time they were on sale and I shouldn’t have to buy any of them for at least a year or so. J
In my opinion, paper goods like napkins, paper towels, and toilet paper are all things that it’s ok to stock up on too. Again these items have no shelf life or expiration dates to worry about, so as long as you have room to store them, I’d stock up when they hit rock-bottom prices!
Food with a Long Shelf Life
There are a few food items I buy in bulk occasionally. I try to stick primarily to things I use on a very regular basis that have a long shelf life. Whenever they’re available, I try to buy flavor variety packs that way I still have some variety in my food choices, after all variety is the spice of life.
Pet Care Items
Things like cat litter, pet food and treats, and toys are all things I buy in bulk when prices are low. I try to stock up only on the things I know my pets like and will use. Another bonus about stocking up on pet food and treats is that they often have a much longer shelf life than human food.
What do you think about buying things in bulk?
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