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Buying in bulk

April 27th, 2013 at 06:34 am

I have perused many money saving or frugal living sights and so many say to buy in bulk. I get that it can save money, but I wonder where to put a lot of this stuff.

We don't belong to a warehouse store because we found two things: we really didn't save all that much after paying the yearly fee and we were tempted in buying things we really didn't need.

I try to keep things on hand and I have blogged that I keep my pantry fairly well stocked. For paper items I try to use coupons and hit sales and keep stuff on hand.

There is an Amish run bulk foods store near us called Beachy's and I really like utilizing it. They have a huge assortment of herbs and spices which are more reasonably priced than the grocery or speciality food stores. And, one can buy different flours and grains in smaller and larger quantities. I enjoy making bread and like experimenting with flour. I bought a half pound of rice flour to see if we liked the bread it made. And the storage isn't as much an issue since I am not buying huge bags of stuff and not using it all.

I am curious, do you buy in bulk? Are you realizing a huge cost savings if you are? And, where are you storing your purchases?

3 Responses to “Buying in bulk”

  1. snafu Says:

    I've shared annual membership cost of Costco with DSIL since the stores opened in our community. I was recently told that it was a no-no so we will likely discontinue. It's been practical as I've split items with both DSIL and a neighbor who likes some of their restaurant style products. We've just got a bulk food store in our neighborhood so I plan to buy baking supplies there in September when I start serious baking for the holidays.

    I store most baking supplies in the freezer in large Rubbermaid cereal bins, collected from yard sales over the years.
    http://www.rubbermaid.com/Category/Pages/ProductDetail.aspx?CatName=FoodStorage&SubcatId=BulkStorage&Prod_ID=RP092096

  2. rob62521 Says:

    I store many of my baking supplies in the freezer too. It would be worthwhile if we could share the membership with someone.

  3. CB in the City Says:

    As a single, buying in bulk doesn't work for me. But I did it when I was part of a bigger household and I did not really find astonishing savings. I think you have to choose pretty carefully what you want to stock up on. If you have storage issues, I think the savings do not really offset the pain of handling all that bulk. Just my humble opinion.

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