How to Buy in Bulk and Save Money

Buying products in bulk can save a lot of money. Not only do larger quantities typically cost less per unit, but bulk buying also keeps you from going to the store as frequently. Research has shown that the more trips consumers make to the store over the course of the month, the greater the total amount of money they spend.


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    Pay attention to the prices you are paying for the products you use most frequently. Keep a list of "best prices" for these products so you know when a bulk purchase saves money.
    • Record the size of the package next to the price on your list, then do the math and write down the "unit" price. Depending on the product, a unit might be an ounce, a pound, a single piece, or any quantity of measurement.
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    Check the per-unit price on a bulk-packaged product to get a price comparison. Often this figure is displayed next to the total price on the store shelf; if it isn't, you need to do the math. Make sure you look at the same unit size when comparing products to determine if the bulk purchase will save you money.
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    Look for an expiration or freshness date on the bulk product. Think about how frequently you use the product and determine if you will be able to use up the bulk quantity before it goes out of date. If you end up throwing away the unused portion, you may lose any savings that you gained by buying in bulk.
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    Purchase a small quantity of a product before buying a bulk quantity. If you end up not being happy with the product, you may be stuck with a large quantity of something you cannot use.
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    Consider your storage limitations when shopping in bulk. Some items could go bad quickly if you do not store them properly.
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    Remember which items you have stocked up on. Try to avoid accidentally buying a product again until you have used up your bulk purchase.
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    Rotate the stock on your shelf if you make a bulk purchase of a product before you run out of it. Even if the item is not freshness dated, it is always a good idea to use the older product up first.
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    Separate frozen and perishable foods into smaller packages when you get home if you do not intend to use it all at once. Store portions packaged for individual use in the refrigerator or freezer.
    • Mark the date on the wrapper or container that holds meat or perishable product, so you know how long you have stored it.
    • Move older frozen foods to the front of the freezer and put the new purchases behind them to make sure the older food gets eaten first.


  • Some items have a shorter shelf life than many realize and, in general, should not be purchased in bulk unless you intend to use the entire quantity quickly. Such products include brown rice, condiments and bleach.
  • Buying in bulk does not save you money on all purchases. Some items, such as eggs, may actually be cheaper if purchased by the dozen instead of in bulk. Always check the per-unit price and not assume that the larger package is always the best buy.

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