You may have seen the television show, “Extreme Couponers” and are probably amazed at the amount of money they save buying everyday items, while appalled at the amount of items in their garages, basements, closets, and other storage spaces. However, there are many benefits to buying in bulk aside from saving money. Whether it’s canned goods, wholesale toilet paper, or cleaning supplies, buying in bulk in smart and creative ways can indeed save you a lot of money over time while you never have the opportunity to run out of supplies – a great idea for businesses, schools, and large families, where there are many people using certain items or eating the food. Buying in bulk can also help to reduce waste and also takes less energy to produce.
Below are a few tips to successfully buying in bulk:
Organization is key
You know that you’ll be bringing home more items than usual so it’s important to have the right amount of space to store everything in. This is a cause for some “spring cleaning” of your closets, pantries, cupboards, garage, and basement. Organization is important so you can find things quickly and easily so you may want to invest in some shelving, air tight jars and bins, as well as labels if you need to keep track of what everything is.
Consider what items you use most
There’s no point in buying a large amount of items in bulk that you will never use. Depending on who you’re buying for (whether it’s a school, business, or home), consider what is used the most. Do you find that toilet paper lasts only a week or two? Check out prices of wholesale toilet paper and buy in bulk. The same theory goes for food – what seems to go the fastest? Perhaps you’re buying for your home, and your children are Easy-Mac omnivores… invest in some macaroni and cheese in bulk for a discounted price and a longer-lasting stock.
While buying in bulk may take a little more time and detective work to find the best prices around, you can find exactly what you need by checking in stores and online. Buying in bulk not only helps make your life easier and saves you money, but you can help minimize the amount of waste going into the Earth, as well as positively impact the issue of global warming – every little bit helps! Becoming a smart shopper may take a bit of time, but with the right amount of effort, buying in bulk will become second nature to you.
Chuck Stevens is an avid blogger always looking to share his experiences and recommendations. He is an extreme couponer looking to share a few tips here and there. You can follow him on Twitter @chuckstevens12.