In the current climate, purchasing foods and other sundry items can be pretty darn expensive. Doing a weekly shop can often erode away a pay check pretty fast. However, there are a few things you can do to lessen this financial burden, and one of the easiest ways to achieve this is by purchasing your foods and other essential household items in bulk.
Get What You Can – In Huge Quantities!
Firstly, I’ll start by saying that it is not possible to purchase every single item on your shopping list in bulk. Fresh food items such as milk will not keep, so purchasing in bulk makes no sense, and will lead to a lot of waste. So, unless you use evaporated milk for example, you won’t really be able to purchase these items in bulk.
However, with that being said, there are many items you can get, that can be stored for lengthy time periods, and the rule of thumb usually is, the more of something you buy, they cheaper it will be overall.
Don’t Be Afraid To Drop Big Name Brands:
Big name brands are often priced at a premium. But the truth is, a lot of generic products are the exact same quality as these bigger named items. And the dirty little secret that they don’t want you to know – many of these generic brands actually produce the products for the big name brands anyhow. The big brand names simply wrap the items up in their own packaging and sell them on as their own. It just makes better financial sense to pay the lower price for these generic items, and best of all, you don’t have to skimp on quality at all!
Dry Goods Will Last For Ages:
A lot of dry goods can be stored in your larder or other cool & dry places for absolutely ages. You can get massive sacks of rice for many times less than those little packets you buy in stores (weight for weight), that will keep in your larder for a very long time. And things like dried beans, pasta, dehydrated potato and ramen noodles also have very long shelf lives. Those students are onto something! The same goes for tinned goods – these often have very long lives as long as the integrity of the tin is maintained. Things like baked beans are pretty much the same, regardless of the brand name, so generic is a great option for purchasing these kinds of things also.
Many essential items such as bleach, toilet paper, kitchen roll etc can be purchased in bulk at considerable savings also. Sure, you may get some funny looks heading to the checkout, but its well worth it for the savings that can be achieved. Also, fresh herbs can easily be preserved in a little oil, and popped into your freezer, much cheaper than those jars of dried herbs you buy at the supermarket. Why not see how you can make savings by buying in bulk!