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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Budget Saver Tip 11: Buy in Bulk (Carefully)

We've all heard it before and it is often true that from toilet paper to laundry detergent to baking items, buying in bulk can save you money. That is not always the case, though, even though bulk items are marketed that way (think Costco or Sam's Club, etc), so you should still do price comparisons to check what you are tempted to buy in bulk. The items I buy most frequently in bulk and save a lot with are: wheat (of course), toilet paper, powdered dish detergent (and often dishwasher detergent), and yeast. That last one really saves me, since the only bread we eat is homemade and I use 2 Tb. per batch of 4 loaves. That would be a lot of packets! And even the little glass containers like Red Star makes are used up too quickly at that rate, I found. Thanks to some friends with a Sam's Club membership, I can get two 16 oz. packages of yeast for a little over $4.


dan said...

I'm really amazed every time I am in Sam's Club at how much of a ripoff it is for most things. Even though, like you said, it's marketed as being cheaper, most things are just as expensive as other stores.

And that is not mentioning the fact that 1) when you buy / have a lot of something in the house you tend to eat more of it, and 2) If you don't, then often times you end up wasting it.

Sheena said...

I was so excited to read about your tip on yeast! I calculated that if you were to buy the same amount of yeast available in bulk at Sam's Club in the 4 oz. Redstar jars at Wal-Mart, it would cost $26!!! Thank you so much for this tip!

Katrina said...

Wow! I never did the calculation, I just knew it was the best deal. That's pretty amazing.


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