When you need food, paper products or other household supplies, bulk shopping has the potential to deliver big savings. However, it is vital to exercise caution and avoid costly pitfalls. These tips will help:
1. Get started by purchasing one or two things in large quantities. Do not attempt to buy everything on your grocery list in bulk; it only makes sense to purchase certain items this way.
2. Try to spend no more than 60 percent of the price you normally pay for individual items. Remember you are taking a risk; the products could be stolen or ruined in a flood. It is not worth the risk to save a few cents.
3. Pay close attention to expiration dates when you shop. Before buying an ingredient in huge quantities, determine how long it takes you to finish a smaller amount.
4. If you would not be able to finish using a product before it expires, try to split the food and its cost with a group of friends, co-workers or relatives.
5. Always try a small package before purchasing anything in bulk. This will prevent you from making the mistake of spending a large sum of money on a low-quality item or something you are allergic to.
6. Prior to any major purchase, confirm there is enough free space in your cupboards, shelves, closets or freezer. Remember that the savings from shopping in bulk cannot justify the extra cost of a larger home.
7. Be sure to watch for sales and use coupons. Do so at the same time if possible. Most wholesale discount clubs and other bulk retailers enable you to benefit from both of these money-saving techniques.
8. Regardless of what discounts you can obtain, remember to compare the cost per unit with prices at other retailers. Bulk items are not always the best deal, especially when individual products go on sale.
These handy bulk shopping tips will help to ensure you save considerable amounts of money and avoid wasting food.
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