If you want to save money on everyday household items, one thing that you should consider doing is buying items in bulk. When you purchase items in bulk, you’ll receive the most savings by buying items that are either non-perishable or those that have a longer shelf life.
When you buy in bulk, the company saves on packaging, which translates into cost savings for you! Below I’m sharing common household items you should always buy in bulk.
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Things You Should Always Buy in Bulk to Save Money
Cereal has a relatively long shelf life. Even a single person eating cereal every day will be able to consume all of the cereal before it goes bad. You can buy cereal in the bulk section of your market or at warehouse clubs like Costco. Because bulk cereals are often packaged in bags instead of boxes, it saves the company money on packaging, therefore keeping money in your wallet.
2. Dog or Cat Food
Dry food for our pets also tends to last longer. The larger bags may take up more space, but they do save your hard-earned dollars. For easier storage, you can use BPA and BTS free pet food storage containers that allow you to store the food for less mess and longer freshness. Also, the boxes of canned cat food, about 24 cans per box, represent a good savings as well. They tend to give you only three flavors per box, so make sure you buy flavors your kitty will enjoy!
3. Printer Paper
If you find yourself doing a lot of printing at home, it’s definitely more cost-effective to buy your printer paper in bulk. You can find a three ream case of printing paper on Amazon.
4. Other Paper Products
Paper towels and toilet paper have gotten really expensive these days. The larger the quantity you can buy, the more likely you are to get a better deal. There are some pretty creative ways you can find on YouTube for storing toilet paper in a small space. Check out this link for helpful videos on toilet paper storage.
Home Depot carries quite a deal for either AA or AAA batteries, but you have to buy 36 at a time. The savings are considerable though.
If you have a large freezer, you can buy large quantities of meat and store them in your chest freezer. As a side note, you may not want to do this if you live in an area where the power tends to go out on occasion.
Buying nuts at Costco, Trader Joe’s, or even in the bulk area of local chains like WinCo will save you quite a bit of money over a smaller can of nuts at your local supermarket.
8. Trash Bags
Even in bulk, trash bags don’t take up much space, and most bulk trash bag containers allow you to get just one out of the box easily.
If you like to eat cooked grains in the morning, you can save money in the long run by purchasing your favorite grains in the bulk section of your local grocery store.
10. Liquid Soap
My favorite liquid soap to buy in bulk is Dr. Bonner’s Pure Castile Soap because comes in a bulk container. You can dilute it with water in a smaller container with a pump dispenser for hand and body washing. My personal favorites are the peppermint soap for summer and the almond soap for winter.
Families with babies can save money by buying over a hundred diapers at a time.
12. Laundry Detergent
The clear cost savings will be with either the powder or liquid laundry detergent in bulk. If you prefer the laundry pods, though, buying in bulk may also save a bit of money. To really save on detergent, you could also make your own laundry detergent.