Happy Valentines everyone. I hope you are having a wonderful day 🙂
Remember I mentioned in “Buying necessities – how am I doing”, that I had bought some extras of items that was on sale. It made me think about, buying in bulk. And when does it make sense.
I think buying in bulk can be a good idea for certain items. It also can save some money during a year, if one goes about it right.
I believe there are a few rules one need to follow for this to make sense.
Free storage space
You need to have room for the item you are stocking up on. And I’m not talking about cramming stuff into the house, but a dedicated space, so that it don’t clutter up you space. We are on a declutter journey remember 🙂 I have a smallish house, so I have a specific place set aside.
Buy what you use
You should only buy items you actually use and need. None of this; well it’s cheap, I might need it sometime or I used to use this and I might start using it again. You should only buy items you use on a regular basis.
Pick your number
Don’t buy more than you can use within a certain time frame – pick your number of items or months for when it’s should be eaten up. As an example, I love Heinz baked beans, and they are really expensive in Norway, but sometimes they will sell for 1/3 of the regular price, and I jump on it. But I’ll never buy more than about 8-10 off them. The reason for this is that I don’t have a lot of space to store them, and I know if I buy to many I might not get them eaten before they expire.
Should save you money
Buying the items should save you some money. Either because they are on sale, or they are cheaper in bigger packs. If it cost the same as any other day, there is no reason to use precious space in your house, when you can buy it any time.
Long shelf time
It should be items that have a long shelf time so they will keep. Always check the dates on the items, don’t assume they have a long shelf life. Some items might not last as long as you think, an example of this is brown rice, certain spices, creams and make-up.
Now that we have got some “rules” out of the way.
What kind of items could this work for?
Dry goods – bags of soups, sauces, flour, sugar, beans, rice…
Canned goods – tomatoes, peas, purée, tuna, corn, ham…
Goods in glass/plastic containers – jams, honey, oils…
Boxed goods – cereals, pastas..
Spices – NB! check dates, some spices have a surprisingly short shelf life
Sodas – check dates though, not all sodas will keep forever
Alcohol – for those of us that enjoys a glass of wine now and then 😉
Toiletries – toothpaste, shampoos, soaps, creams, make-up (NB! some beauty products have shorter shelf life, check!)
Toothbrush – huh? Did you know you should swap every 3 month? Most people wait until it falls apart…
“Tissues” – toilet paper, paper towels, diaper, feminine items, Kleenex…
Vitamins – check dates, not all last as long as you would think
Detergents – for dishwasher/laundry, and other cleaning products
Office/school supplies – paper, pens, tape, glue, wrapping paper…
Fresh goods for freezing – In addition to long shelf life items, I would add fresh goods if you can freeze them. Make sure you don’t get more than you will eat in a short time, to avoid having to toss food, because it got to old.
Personally I stock up a few items in pretty much all the categories mentioned above. And I only stock up when they are on sale, mostly because I don’t have the space to buy the bigger “bulk” versions they have in the stores here (I just don’t have storage space for 98 toilet rolls 😉 and stuff)
I’m sure there are several more items and groups of items that you can think off, this was just a short list from me.
What do you stock up on? Please share you good ideas in comments below.
6 thoughts on “Buying in bulk – when is it a good idea!”
I just bought a used chest freezer for my basement so I can stock up on anything that can be frozen! I can also cook in bulk and freeze leftovers!
I wish I had room to do that. My freezer is part of a fridge/freezer with the freezer at the bottom, so not to much room. But I’m fortunate that my dinner buddy have a big one, so some I store there 😉
Toilet paper! I want to always have 20 rolls in the house. I have a terrible fear of running out. As if, when I run out, I will die! 😉
🙂 What can I say.. bad idea to run out that particular product 😉
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Oh yes!! Have you ever heard of people using cloth for that??? I think they are cuckoo!!
I have heard of people using cloth! And read some blogs on some that do. I do kinda understand it from a green point of view, but I can’t quite see me ever getting to that point of green living. I’m having a hard time enough with reducing plastic, paper, and not wasting to much food. Never mind moving from toilet paper to cloth… but what I can see me do is reducing some of my kitchen paper rolls by using cloth instead!