5 Good Reasons Not to Buy in Bulk

There has been a big push in the past twenty years to buy in bulk as a way to save money. We are encouraged to look for bargains on the grocery shelves and in the fridge compartments or even at the local fruit and vegetable store. But there are downsides to bulk buying; overstocking the pantry or fridge and running up excessive debt on credit to make those purchases. Instead of saving money on bulk purchases it is possible to lose more than the initial few saved.

5 Good Reasons Not to Buy in Bulk

1. Going into Debt to Save on Bulk Buys

Using a credit card or going into overdraft on your checking account to buy in bulk makes no sense. By saving a few dollars on the product you could be wasting many more dollars on additional interest if you don’t have the funds to cover the bulk purchase.

2. Food That has a Use-by Date

Buying canned or packaged goods in bulk that won’t be eaten before the use by date is a waste of money not a savings. Let’s say I walk up to a tray of cheap goods at the grocery store marked at fifty per cent off. I think to myself, now that’s a bargain price for those noodles! They have a use-by date that is only a few days away. I could buy 20 packets for thirty cents and save thirty cents per packet which gives me an overall savings of six dollars. But unless I know for a fact my family will eat those 20 packets in the next few days I am actually out of pocket six dollars.

3. Over-stocking the Fridge or Freezer

Meat and poultry are regularly put out on special with a bulk-buy price. More than a few dollars can be saved on a tray of meat by choosing the bulk option instead of the two or three cuts needed to feed the family for the evening meal. But over-stocking the freezer with meat, fish and poultry can mean having to throw out those savings if the food isn’t used in good time.

The same is true for items that need refrigerating. After all, there is only so much margarine or butter that a family can eat.

4.Fruit and Vegetables Going Cheap

Bulk buying fruit and vegetables on special, means nothing if it has to be thrown away. Perhaps the reason for the produce being put out cheap is because it will only be edible for the next day or two. Buying vegetables in bulk is sensible if it can be used within a few days or turned into soup. A bag of apples or other fruit that can be cooked up and used for desserts or juice is thrifty shopping. Thinking ahead when shopping can save money if the food on special is not going to end up as garbage.

5. Info-commercials Offering Two for One Deals

It sounds like such a good deal. The info-commercial channel rattles off all the benefits of an appliance at a bargain price and throws in the cost of shipping. But wait, there’s more. The offer is extended to include another at a fraction of the price of the first one. Unless a friend or relative needs the gadget as much as you do, there are no savings here.


The best advice came from my father when I was ten years old. We had been to a hotel that offered a smorgasbord lunch, an all-you-can eat deal for very little money. He pointed to the people who would go back to the table and load their plate time and again. At the end of the lunch there were dozens of plates of left-over food. So many hungry people who thought they needed more. The waitresses spent the next ten minutes scraping those plates into the rubbish bin. My father said, “The man who walks away from something he doesn’t need, even though it costs nothing, is a man who shows strength of character and great control.” It sounds so simple.


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moneymakingmom 5 years ago

Very good advice about walking away from a freebie you don't really need. I couldn't have said it better. Thumbs up on a fantastic article.


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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

Hey moneymakingmom, thanks for the comment. Yes, wise man, my father. How often do we see people grabbing at something because it's free or even cheap, knowing full well they don't have a need for it?


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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica

I am so glad you wrote a hublike this. I happen to know a few people who shop this way. I personally hate having stuff around I don't need or seeing too much food.

This is great advice for the bulk shopper. There are people I know who go shopping abroad and buy like tons of shoes and clothing they don't wear for years and then they have to throw them out because by the time the put them on they have all rotted or they don't fit anymore.


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catgypsy 5 years ago from the South

Good advice. I only buy non-persihable items in bulk. Your father was a wise man!


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AliciaC 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

You've given excellent advice in this hub, Karanda. Special deals are sometimes not deals at all!


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b. Malin 5 years ago

How very, very useful Karanda, and I couldn't agree with you more. It's just my husband and I so I don't go overboard when I shop. If it's a Good special, I might buy a little extra or if I know company is coming.


sparklesky 5 years ago

You made some good points. It can seem like a good idea to stock up on bulk items, and one can go a little crazy in a big box store. Many people over stock their pantries, out of fear of somehow being caught short. I've witnessed lots of food being thrown away due to excessive buying of groceries.


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kirsteno 5 years ago

I liked this. I do buy a lot in bulk, but am careful about what I buy in bulk. TP is much cheaper by the roll if I get it in bulk from a warehouse store. If I buy strawberries in bulk, they will mold in my fridge before I get around to using them. I think buying in bulk is good if you are careful about how you do it.


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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

Glad you enjoyed the Hub Cardisa. It is easy to get caught up in the thrill of getting a bargain but as you say if those items end up rotting before you get a chance to use them, there has been no savings at all.


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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

Thanks catgypsy. Sure, non-perishables can be bought in bulk as long as you have the space to store them.


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bmukherjii 5 years ago

it was a useful post. I voted up


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Rochelle Frank 5 years ago from California Gold Country

Very good suggestions. There's more to consider than just the price per item.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

You totally got me on number 5. I am a As Seen on TV addict. I am ashamed to admit how many times I have ordered something off of TV because of the Buy 1 get the 2nd one free. Only once did it ever really work to my advantage. I bought one of those magic bullets off TV. I loved the invention and my thought was I could use the second one as a gift. Yet, my gifts never cost that much, so I felt awkward giving it to anyone for birthdays. However, I used my Bullet so many times, I actually killed it. It was a lifesaver having that second backup. Although I will admit, now I try to have patience. It always seems after I have boughten the product off TV - months later it is available in stores!

Great hub! Great advice! We have a problem with throwing out excessive food because it hadn't been eaten in a timely manner. It sounded good in the store. Who knew the second I got home I would no longer be craving it.


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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

Thanks AliciaC, I've been caught out many times on those specials that I didn't really need and ended up throwing away.


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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

Maybe we get wiser as time goes by b.Malin. Buying specials only makes sense if there is a use for the goods.


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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

Sparklesky my husband is one of those who worry about running out of something in the pantry. We moved house recently and now have to make do with a pantry half the size so there is no point in buying up big these days.


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vrbmft 5 years ago from Yucaipa, California

The first hub I have read on this topic, Karanda. Next time, reconsider buying in bulk, and send half of it to me!! Shipping shouldn't be that much, right? Wow, I never liked buying in bulk because, for example, breakfast cereal, the kids never close the boxes right, so a whole slew of food either gets stale or in the summer months, eaten by the ants!! I always thought I was just a control freak. I don't like to buy in bulk now, just to hold on to my money, or if I buy meat in bulk, I end up eating way too much meat for my own good. I guess if you are feeding a bed and breakfast or a whole slew of folks, bulk might make sense, but even then bulk is bulk, so there is always going to be left overs and then the freshness thing. I enjoy fresh food. I do buy several 16 oz containers of salad which close up nicely and tightly because I eat a huge salad almost daily, so I do not want to run out!! And it is often on sale, but I know I will eat it all within the week!! I smell a little green, but it is a garden fresh smell with a tinge of olive oil!!

I really liked the topic, good food for thought in your tastey delicious, not so bulky hub.

Vern


Cloud 5 years ago

hi this is very useful hub post thank you


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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

Kirsteno I think it might have been strawberries that made me first question what I was doing buying food in bulk. They looked so good in the store but within a couple of days they started to grow fur and turn blue, eew, what a waste.

Toilet paper never goes past its use by date so that it one thing that makes sense for bulk buying.


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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

Thanks for the vote bmukherjii and thanks for reading.

Rochelle Frank you are so right. It is not only the price to consider.


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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

barbergirl28 I can certainly relate to the TV ads. I got quite excited by a gadget and its 'two for the price of one deal'. I told a friend and asked if they were interested in going halves. They said you could buy the thing at a local store for less than half the cost being advertised so no savings there. It pays to check things out before diving in.


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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

That's the thing about buying in bulk Vern, we end up using more than we really need of all that stuff. Of course, if that stuff is the salad variety there's no harm in eating as much as you buy right? Loved your comment from start to finish. Next time I see a two for one deal I'll check out the cost of freighting it into yesterday and see if it is still a good deal. I hope it's something you'll like and use otherwise there's no point.


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DzyMsLizzy 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

Excellent advice. Do note a caveat however: things in the freezer will keep AT LEAST 6 months. For some, that is the limit, others can go a year. But, if you have a separate freezer, it works more efficiently if it is stocked full. This saves money on the electric bill, as the motor doesn't have to run as often, plus, if there is a power outage, the food will stay frozen longer than if there are but few things inside.

Also, the "use by" dates are guidelines, not hard and fast. The food won't go bad the day after or even in the following month if not eaten within the "best by" date. There is a very healthy safety margin built in to those dates, just as with prescription drugs...they are not dangerous or out of effectivness a week after the famous expiry date. Those are more guidelines for the store's re-stocking department and the manufacturer's rep. When it comes to things like milk, the date is a "sell by" date, and the milk will still be good at home 7 days past...until opened. Once open, though, all bets are off. ;-)

I buy some things in bulk, mostly not, though, as it is just my husband and I.

My main criterion is less the price-per-unit, but how much money I have to spend at that moment. If the "deal" will cost me $10, and I have only $15 to spend on the entire list, I'll pass, even if the price-per-ounce or what have you is higher. Figuring it all out to fit your own circumstances requires...hate to say the word... MATH! ;-) Bring a calculator shopping! :-D

Great article--you've pointed out many of the tricks and traps the marketers want to shove at us! Voted up & useful!


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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

Gosh, DzyMsLizzy I'm not sure where to start with answering your comment. Thank you so much for the time you have taken to think about the topic and penning a response. Good point about the timeline on freezer produce. Seafood would be the only exception to the rule of six months but sure other foods can sit for a year.

It is all a bit of a juggling game keeping food. The danger is in buying in a frenzy because the prices are down and not planning where the food can be stored for the long term.

I like your point about the calculator, if the numbers add up to more than you can afford leave the stuff in the store. Thanks again for your most insightful comment.


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

Nice information from you. Thanks for writing this and share with us. Well done, my friend. You got my vote!

Prasetio


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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

Thank you Prasetio30 for taking the time out to read one of my Hubs and an especially big thank you for giving me your vote. Nice to see you. Best wishes, Karanda


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CMHypno 5 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

Being single, buying in bulk rarely makes sense for me, and even with some bogof offers all it tends to do is encourage me to eat double the amount of doughnuts that I would normally buy! It's great if you can get a good deal on toiletries, loo roll and stuff if you have the storage space and the cash in hand


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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

Exactly CMHypno, how many doughnuts can we eat just because they cut the price in half? We all need to think about storage space, cash in hand and do we really need the product being discounted before we lash out thinking we've grabbed a bargain.


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MarloByDesign 5 years ago from United States

Excellent point - "Food That has a Use-by Date" can go stale. I like your style and always look for ways to save money buying food, but NOT in bulk.


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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

Thank you for your comment MarloByDesign. You are right to look for ways to save money but that doesn't mean buying up a heap of stuff that will never be used.


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MarloByDesign 5 years ago from United States

Karanda, 'heap' of stuff, lol, you must be Australian :) I love it.


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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

You guessed it MarloByDesign. I knew I'd be found out by my colloquialism. I didn't even think about it when I wrote that phrase. Isn't that proper English?


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Rochelle Frank 5 years ago from California Gold Country

I think that could be pretty much proper American English, as well, depending on what region of the US.


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MarloByDesign 5 years ago from United States

Karanda, I am not sure if it is used in the U.S. that much, but it is adorable. I love it!


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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

Thanks Rochelle Frank, much of what we say comes from the British or American slang. Granted there are plenty of sayings that can only be attributed to the Aussie.


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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

MarloByDesign thanks for your support. We have lots of sayings I hope to share with all of you over time. Good on ya'.


mico 5 years ago

For those smart shoppers who wish to save money, bulk shopping is a good option. Once you prep your veggies free those that can be frozen raw such as potatoes, carrot sand peas. The rest you can cook and freeze. http://www.micocrane.com/


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hkheij 5 years ago from Netherlands

Good advice, thank you!


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kristenaugusta 5 years ago

Thanks for the reminder. I remember my mother-in-law would save coupons and use them as she shopped the grocery store. The only difficulty was that she was 'saving money' on items she'd never use!


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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

My point exactly kristenaugusta! Don't get me wrong, I'm all for saving money but we need to look beyond the gimmicks and check out a real bargain that we can use to make it worth our while. Thank you for reading.


TJ's World 5 years ago

I had to chuckle at the smorgasboard example. I have family who think nothing of filling up multiple plates at one time and then only eating half of it. At the same time I am telling my kids that they can't have any more until they eat what they took on their first plate. Very sad to see all the food that the rest of the family wastes and thinks nothing of it. We try very hard not to waste food in our family of 8.


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angelina1607 5 years ago

Great Advice!


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suejanet 5 years ago

Very smart advice. It's just a waste of money and food.


Kristen Augusta 5 years ago

So, what do you do with tinned pumpkin that is 8 years old?


rorshak sobchak 5 years ago

These were some good tips. I know someone who is conservative with food because she lived during the depression. Her refrigerator is always packed with food that expires. Then when I go to grab something out of it sometimes it is spoiled. When she buys her groceries in bulks we have to try to stuff them in the refrigerator and it is no fun. A little off topic but if you like to be conservative you should not buy in bulk lol.

rorshak sobchak


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ThePelton 5 years ago from Martinsburg, WV USA

I have bought stuff in bulk myself, and found that it works best when you don't get readily perishable stuff. A fifty pound or twenty kilo bag of rice is not a bad idea, if you can protect it from vermin, but fifty pounds of apples will result in some loss, unless you can process it somehow.


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Phillbert 5 years ago from The Ozarks

All very good points! Very helpful and informative!


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Rochelle Frank 5 years ago from California Gold Country

Congratulations on reaching the top of the lists for "hot" and"best"-- well deserved!


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may_first 5 years ago

Really nice advise. Now I have got better thought.


deadlyking 5 years ago

thanks for idea, good hub.......


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stockdisplays 5 years ago from Doncaster, UK

People tend to always fall for the 'offer' in the heat of the moment as they think they're saving money but I have to agree with you... Think people just need to stand and think for a few minutes before spending!


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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

Wow, thanks for noticing Rochelle Frank. What a milestone! I wouldn't have known but for your acknowledgement, so thanks heaps.


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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

Thanks for commenting rorshak sobchak and bringing a fine example to the discussion. Yes there really are people who think that they are saving money only to throw out the food at the end of the day. No money saved at all. What a waste.


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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

That's spot on ThePelton. Perishables don't work well buying in bulk unless you have an immediate use for them. I will happily buy tins of tomatoes on special and other bits and pieces knowing that I can turn them into meals for the freezer. Otherwise I'd rather save my money and buy things that don't have a use by date.


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myi4u 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Very true! If we are just buying for individual, we shouldn't buy in bulk just because it's cheaper. We might waste the food in the end and it costs a lot more compare to buying less.

Furthermore, we could be at risk as we might continue eating expired food just because we couldn't finish the bulk and not want to waste them.

Great info!


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peterhark69 5 years ago from Canada

The idea and points are really great and helpful especially for people who buy perishable items and use credit cards but I have to disagree that this applies to all instances especially for things that aren't perishable. In fact buying in bulk for things when the season is about to end is a lot cheaper than buying when it is needed. But I must say that this good if you have the extra money and not use credit cards.


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LULU SUE1987 5 years ago

I do buy some things, like papergoods in bulk. It makes life easier.


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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

TJ's World with a family of 8 you probably need to buy everything in bulk! But at least there are plenty of people to eat or use what you buy. Thanks for reading.


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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

Stockdisplays I have even walked out of the shop and thought about it first. Spontaneous buys are particularly costly.


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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

myi4u sometimes bulk buying makes sense, if it is really a bargain and you have a use for it and somewhere to to store it, but not if it's going to rot.


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may_first 5 years ago

I am still keeping some stuff that I plan to resell as I bought them in bulk which was meant to be cheap. I am still kinda waiting and even not event thinking of using or selling them. Hope they won't get rotten.


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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

That's good advice for buying in bulk may_first. If you can grab a bargain and resell I can't think of a better reason to buy up big.


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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

peterhark69 of course there are times where buying in bulk is a good thing. Certainly the non-perishable items as long as you have the storage area. I am all for saving money.


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daisyjae 5 years ago from Canada

And sometimes the bulk isn't even cheaper if you do the math. Where i shop anyways, you think you must be saving because its bulk but its just a way to rip you off. I've started bringing a calculator shopping with me.


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VirginiaLynne 5 years ago from United States

You know I have a family of 7 (five kids) and I generally don't buy a lot in bulk for the very reasons you point out. I did have a freezer for a while but found I just tended to stockpile things I didn't use.


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ThePelton 5 years ago from Martinsburg, WV USA

Lulu Sue, sure, you can buy paper goods in bulk. Their shelf life is more like a half century than a half a week.


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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

Daisyjae it is always worth calculating how much you will save with a bulk buy. I got caught the other day with toilet paper. The 8-roll pack sounded cheap but when I took into account the size of the rolls the 4-roll pack was the better savings.


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Rat in a Cage 5 years ago from Redneck Desert City, USA

Excellent points! Something else to consider; sometimes buying in bulk saves money in the long run, but drains your overall budget in the short-tearm. Say, for example, that you have $50 a week for groceries, and you need ground beef. You can buy one pound for $3.00, or four pounds for $10. The larger package is a better deal, but can you really afford to spend 1/5 of your weekly food budget on ground beef?


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stricktlydating 5 years ago from Australia

Wow! What wonderful advice your father gave you! And thankyou for passing it on to the rest of us! I don't buy in bulk for the simple reason that it leaves more money each week for me to bank, and putting aside some money this way each week makes it easier for me to keep money in the bank! I look to buy products that I need which are on special, but not bulk products, this way I keep the cost of my weekly groceries down.


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The Ghostwriter 5 years ago from UK

I often scratch my head as to why people buy 200 units of whatever to save some money and resort to disposing of the remainder due to dampness, sell by date, damage, boredom and whatever else!

Great information, thank you.


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bulkdive 5 years ago from Marina, Ca

Great points. Buying in bulk can be a good thing, but like everything else, it requires common sense which is not found in bulk these days. If people simply pay attention to the things you mention here; there is some money to be saved. I do have to admit, however, that I have been guilty of wasting bulk fruit. I blame that damned crisper drawer. I forget I have apples in there. That is why I prefer to hit the farmer's markets and get only what I know I will eat that week.


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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

I agree with most of your points, however, I do feel there is a place for bulk buying. So long as going into debt is not a concern, there are some things that make a lot of sense to buy in bulk. Pasta, canned tomatoes and toilet paper are three off the top of my head. Having some food storage can be really handy in times of crisis. Think of it as part of an emergency preparedness plan.


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mariasial 5 years ago from united kingdom

i wish i can share this hub with my husband, he love to buy in bulk; regardless of what he is buying for example he buy the whole packet of night bulb containing 15 -20 bulbs, when we need only 1 or 2. Once i asked him to get me pair of socks for home purpose only; he got me 6 pairs.... he is beyond my imagination

but great hub rated up


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allexia26 5 years ago

Very good advice, I have a big family and I use to think it was smart to buy in bulk, but then I found myself always trying to find ways to get rid of the stuff before it went bad, very good hub, I think sometimes we get excited when we see a deal, that we often buy more than what we actually need


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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

Rat in a Cage (interesting name, I'll have to read your profile to find out why) you bring up some very valid points for not buying in bulk. Draining the budget to buy more of a product you don't need right now makes no sense. Thanks for your thoughtful comment.


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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

Thank you stricktlydating for acknowledging my father's advice. He is a wise man and we could all do well apllying his lessons to our life. Buy in bulk when you can afford it and make those savings mean something!


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CalSherrifMD 5 years ago from Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

two words : non-perishable consumables. And make sure you have a storage area to hold them in


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carlmueller 5 years ago

I agree that you have to manage the cost of buying in bulk versus the benefit you get from doing so especially when buying persishable goods or ones that you might not actually finish consuming for many months or longer. The deal you think you're getting up front might not be as great down the line.


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scauthor1969 5 years ago from Upstate South Carolina

Produce is the worst thing I think. It is very easy to waste the large volume of produce that gets packaged together. You can only eat so much salad in a week before it starts to go bad.


A.CreativeThinker 5 years ago

I agree with only buying products you need and will use Karanda, as well as, within your budget. Unless you are buying paper products or other items that don't expire, it can become quite expensive. Good advice and great hub! Voted up! :)

Regards,

A.CreativeThinker


swayam 5 years ago

You can only eat so much salad in a week before it starts to go bad.


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roshall 5 years ago from Ohio

I to thought this was a good idea,but over time your taste changes and then you've wasted money on something you don't like anymore.great advice.


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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

VirginiaLynne sorry for not responding earlier. I can't believe how many comments this Hub has generated and confess to missing yours completely. Shame on me because you made a valid point. Stockpiling the freezer only cuts costs if you intend to use every last morsel. Still, I would have thought with such a big family it would have been easy for you. Thanks for your comment.


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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

I scratched my head and wonder too, The Ghostwriter. I can't see any sense in buying in bulk if you don't use the product.


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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

Gosh, bulkdive, if I put my apples in the crisper drawer I'd never eat them. Still, apples can be saved by cooking them into a delicious pie or yeast bun when they get that stale look. Buying in bulk can be a good thing but only if it's combined with commonsense.


Nicolas Ray 5 years ago

Hard lesson sometimes...Bulk buying can backfire as it did with me. "Purchase because it was inexpensive at the time, yippee" Now, I m stuck with the product. Even tried giving one for one. No bites. The only good thing about it, can probably declare a loss on my taxes. Bulk buying has a bit of luck, and some research to be successful. Great article.


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Kimberly Turner 5 years ago from New Jersey

Love your article! You always find so many people saying how it is good to buy in bulk and I like how you provided why you shouldn't!


Muldanianman 5 years ago

I have never been able to buy in bulk, because I have such a tiny kitchen, that there just would be nowhere to keep it. Also, having a small income, I have to buy things on a daily basis, based on how much or little I have left to spend on food.


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fullboz 5 years ago

welcome to my hub


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carolp 5 years ago from Switzerland

I used to make a grocery once a week with my husband. It is convenient for me because i don't want to go daily in the supermarket. I buy toilet papers in bulk, drinks, oil, flour, sugar which we consume most offen. I buy fruits and vegetables just for 2 or 3 days consumation and go to nearby supermarket if need some for the week. Of course if buying in bulk is cheaper than buying 1 or 2, i will buy for it and see to it that it is necessry for the household. For those who are limited in their budget, better only buy your most daily needs to avoid credit.


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CWanamaker 5 years ago from Arizona

Very good points here. I rarely buy bulk for just these reasons. If you have. Large family or are throwing a party, it may be cost effective. I think that for the most part bulk buying is an illusion. Everyone needs to run the numbers and check the reality of their situation before committing to a bulk purchase.


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Web World Watcher 5 years ago

good reasons, one and all. Well done


teoaaron 5 years ago

i don't think that vegetables will get any cheaper than what u buy at the supermarket. seriously go and study how much damage has people health been affected because of pesticides on the vegetables.


ctbrown7 5 years ago

I've always regretted buying any fruit in bulk! I do think it is wise to have a food storage of sorts, but I don't think people should be getting into debt to do that. Nice article.


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mecheil 5 years ago

bulk buying doesn't only hurt with perishable goods, but also with non-perishable products that you won't probably need soon. it's either they are stocked there forever, or you will have no choice but dispose them. you could have used the money for something else valuable other than one type of product.


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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

Fruit is not one of the easiest of foods to use up in a hurry ctbrown7 unless you want to prepare it for freezing or turn it into juice. Thanks for the comment.


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TroyM 5 years ago

You made some good points.I really liked the topic, good food for thought in your tastey delicious...Great!


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sankari.nayagam 5 years ago

When I came to US, I found many things were bought in bulk. During start,I and my husband used to grab things when there was a deal. But finally realized that buying in bulk was not advisable. Storage was a real headache when buying in bulk.Thanks for such a nice hub. Now we can find solace in the points you have mentioned.


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KyleBear 5 years ago

Now I know I'm not alone in not buying in bulk. Thanks for this :)


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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

It is tempting to buy in bulk if it seems their are big savings to be made sankari.nayagam but without the storage space there is not much point. Thank you for your comment.


shubhamm 5 years ago

nice article


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EQTactics 5 years ago from South-West Pennsylvania, United States

I don't buy in Bulk


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rickydean2010 5 years ago

This is a creative topic and I'm glad someone else feels that way. My parents love buying in bulk, but I don't think it's practical most of the time just to save a few cents.


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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

Thanks rickydean2010. Buying in bulk is only worthwhile if there are big savings to be made, you have the extra cash and storage space and can use the product before it turns rotten.


Ginger  5 years ago

Thanks for sharing! Great info.


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DylanAustin81 5 years ago

Great hub I see.


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Hady Chahine 4 years ago from Manhattan Beach

Nice hub! In past, when I've bought in bulk, I learned that I spent at least 2-3 times my normal limit. I also realized at least 10-15 percent of what I bought spoiled before I could eat it. I changed my behavior and was able to save money. It work, thanks!


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Karanda 4 years ago from Australia Author

My point exactly Hady Chahine. Buy in bulk only if you truly are saving money and not wasting what you buy. It is easy to spent too much thinking you are getting a bargain but if you end up with more than you can use, you have wasted your money.

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