Save Money by Buying in Bulk
One of the best ways I have found to save money on all sorts of household items as well as food is to buy them in bulk. I am not just talking about heading to your nearest warehouse club and stocking up. That is frequently not going to save you money. There are plenty of ways that buying in bulk can save you money though.
When you think of buying in bulk what do you think about? There are a couple of thoughts that come to my head - buying a huge container of something or buying many small containers of something. Both of these ways will help you save money and I frequently purchase in bulk both ways. I am not just talking about food though. When I buy toilet paper I will buy 50 rolls. Any household item from batteries to oil for the car can be bought in bulk.
When buying flour for example, I will purchase a 25 pound bag of it. It is much cheaper per pound to buy flour this way, than to buy it in five, five pound packages. (Make sure you will use 25 pounds of flour before you buy such a large bag though.) The warehouse clubs do help you save money in this instance, as well as a few others. I buy five pound blocks of cheese there as well and it is much cheaper than buying it one pound at a time.
Most often though, when I buy in bulk, I just buy large quantities of items. For example, when pasta goes on sale for $1 a box and I have coupons that make it free, I will buy 20 boxes. I purchase coupons off EBay to allow me to shop this way. If I can get something I use a lot of for free or almost free, then I will buy it in bulk. This saves me so much money over buying two boxes of pasta at full price each week.
You do have to be careful when buying bulk quantities of items. Check expiration dates and only buy what you will use before they expire. I do not bulk buy everything. Some things go on sale frequently enough that I don't buy many of them. Some items are perishable and won't keep for long enough to buy a lot. Some things I just don't use that much of. You need to evaluate your situation and choose which items will work for bulk buying. Then look into the best way to buy that item in bulk. If you do not have extra freezer space, there is no point buying 10 loaves of reduced bread for example. Figure out what will work for you and then buy it in bulk to save money.