My grocery shopping routine has drastically changed over the years. I used to shop at 3 different stores EVERY WEEK to get the best prices and deals on the items on my list. It was exhausting. Now, I’ve become more flexible with the items I need each week. If the store doesn’t have what I’m looking for, I’ll improvise instead of driving across town to another bargain grocery store. I also buy items in bulk which saved me time AND money in the long run. Less things to buy each week = less time spent in the store shopping. And buying in bulk almost always reduces the cost of each item in the bundle. So, if you’re interested to know what items you should always buy in bulk to save money (and time!), read on.
15 Items You Should ALWAYS Buy in Bulk to Save Money
Paper Towels –
My husband and I go through paper towels almost a little too fast. I’m considering switching to all cloth towels in the kitchen for wiping up messes and messy hands, but then that translates into more loads of laundry. So we’ll see. I’m not 100% sold on using only cloth towels, and until I am I’ll continue buying my jumbo packs of paper towels.
Toilet Paper –
You gotta use it, there’s no way around that one. Actually, false. My dad owns a bidet, but I’ll pass on owning one myself. So why not buy TP in bulk to save money? I shove as many rolls as I can in our bathroom cabinets and the rest go into the hall closet. Stock up when you see a great deal. You want to pay attention to not only the price but also how many rolls you get and how many square feet are in each roll. Obviously, you want more square feet for your buck and thick rather than thin is always a plus!
Two of my friends have access to professional beauty supply stores. When there’s a great deal on high quality shampoo in the massive jugs, I’ll have them buy them for me and pay them back. A gallon size jug of a high-end brand (Pureology, Redkin) conditioner and a shampoo last me a full year, and I have very long hair. I end up spending less on high quality shampoo and conditioner in one year than I would on drugstore brands. But if you don’t have connections to hook you up with salon quality shampoo/conditioner, you can also shop huge bulk containers at Costco or Walmart.
I always buy batteries at Costco in the huge packs. We use batteries for all kinds of things and they are expensive. It definitely saves us money in the long run stocking up on a big package of batteries and using them throughout the year.
Kodiak Pancake Mix –
This one is not for everyone but if you love a good protein pancake to start your day like I do, then Costco is the place to get your Kodiak pancake mix. We buy the huge box of mix when it’s on sale and it comes with 3 large size bags in the box. At individual grocery stores, the box is tiiiiiny and still costs around $10. That’s how much we can get it on sale for at Costco for over triple the amount.
TIP: Stock up on bulk items when there’s a sale! If you can help it, try not to buy a bulk item when it isn’t on sale. And definitely don’t stalk up without the sale price.
I love a good bowl of oatmeal topped with chopped nuts and fresh blueberries. I even add some protein powder and almond milk once in awhile to make it a higher protein breakfast if that’s what I’m feeling that day. Oats are cheap to begin with, but they are even cheaper if you buy a huge bag of them from the bulk section. Because they are a staple in my house for breakfast and for healthy recipes I bake, it makes sense to buy them in bulk.
Pasta doesn’t go bad (at least it never has for me) so it’s a great staple to stock up on in bulk and save for many recipes to come.
Pasta Sauce –
Same as above. Anything that comes in a jar and has a long shelf life is a great idea to buy in bulk because it will cost you less per ounce than buying in smaller quantities. Plus, it’ll be one less thing you have to buy at the store weekly.
I like to buy bulk toothpaste when it goes on sale. I especially love buying the package of 5 boxes at Costco. I just recently bought Sensodyne toothpaste in bulk which is more expensive than other brands of toothpaste but I got it for a great deal! And I have very sensitive teeth because of a VERY stupid mistake I made in college once… (hint: falling asleep with teeth whitening strips on lol) So Sensodyne toothpaste it is now 🙂
Not only do I love saving money on toothbrushes, but I also love having extras on hand in case guests spend the night and forget their own. I also keep one in my purse because you never know when you’ll want to brush your teeth on the go 🙂
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Canned Goods –
This one is a no brainer, but it’s still worth mentioning. Depending on how much pantry/storage space you have, STOCK UP when there is a fantastic deal on any type of canned goods that you know you’ll get good use out of. However, DON’T go buying canned goods just because it’s a great deal but you rarely use that food item as a staple in your house. Trust me, you’ll end up throwing half your supply out when you run out of storage room and still haven’t used all your cans you bought 6 years ago. It’s not like I have experience with that or anything…whoops.
Frozen Items –
This one depends on the type of frozen items you’re buying. I’m notorious for buying frozen vegetables and then tossing them out 6 months later when they are pushed to the very back of my freezer and freezer burned to the point of no return. Nobody wants that for dinner…
If you know you’ll eat your veggies before they turn into ice crystals, go for the bulk bags of frozen veggies. I also like to buy meat in bulk and freeze it, as well as bread and frozen fruit.
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I just recently discovered buying tampons in bulk and it has made me hate the fact that I have to spend my hard earned money on tampons just a smidge less. I like to buy my tampons in bulk at Costco but I’ve heard Amazon also has great deals on tampons in bulk. Shop around to find the best deal!
I’m an avid coffee drinker. I hate going a day without it, but I always make my coffee from home to save money. To save even more money on my morning (and afternoon) cup of joe, I buy coffee beans in bulk, freeze them, and take out only the amount I need for the week. Then I grind the beans fresh each morning. Nothin’ better.
Snack Food –
Grocery outlet is my go-to for snack food on a budget. I find my favorite healthy (er) brands there ALL. THE. TIME. for a fraction of the price that I would find them at normal grocery stores.
For example, I buy Pop Chips, healthy brands of popcorn, Food Should Taste Great multigrain tortilla chips, salsa, guacamole, Sabra hummus, Justin’s almond butter snack packs, Lara bars, Quest bars, Almonds, Kashi bars, and more for 50% off or more than they would cost at a normal grocery store.
So with that said, whenever I find one of my favorite snack foods for a major steal at Grocery Outlet, I stock up.
There You Have it… 15 Items to ALWAYS Buy in Bulk To Save Money
Don’t forget to check out my recent post to help combat inflation, “35 Cheapest Food Items to buy at the Grocery Store in 2022”.
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