If you visited P&G Everyday Savings on facebook today you would have seen I was the Guest Spokeperson today and we asked FACT OR FICTION – Buying Bulk is always a better deal?
That is really a loaded question and the answer is…
but typically it is NOT a better deal.
Though warehouse stores like BJ’s, Costco and Sam’s Club do offer some great deals & now even accept store and manufacturer coupons (BJ’s will accept a mfg coupon for each item in a multi-pack!), bigger is not always better. I am also talking about in other stores as well. Many times the smaller sizes purchased on sale with coupons and store promotions are far cheaper per unit than bulk.
Make sure to compare apples to apples – cost per unit price!
For a minute, lets take coupons out of the equation… LOOK at the cost per unit of the different sizes available. The other day I was looking at toothpaste prices (now of course you all know we can get FREE toothpaste all the time, however lets use it as an example). The middle sized toothpaste was actually cheaper per unit than the smaller or larger tubes. I was surprised as I would have expected the larger tube to be cheaper. With diapers compare per diaper cost – especially since # per box changes with sizes and with toilet paper, look at per sheet… etc.
Even with fastfood – LOL! At my local McDonalds it was $3.69 for a 6 piece nugget, but only $1.50 for a 4 piece. So I can get (2) 4-piece for less than a 6 piece. You could even get (3) 4 piece for cheaper than a 10 piece. Of course prices change all the time, but just because there is a meal deal or a bigger unit, it does not mean it is better than buying more of the smaller items.
When you take into account coupons and store rewards programs, buying smaller is almost always a better deal and there are many items you can get for FREE on a regular basis.
When BUYING in BULK can makes sense:
- MEAT – many times if you buy the family packs at the grocery store or buy BULK meats at warehouse stores, you can save a lot of money by breaking them apart and freezing them yourself in smaller portions. I have also bought an entire pork loin on sale and had the butcher cut them up into chops. I will be posting my MEAT stockpile prices very soon as a guide.
- Spices – though I am NOT an expert in spices, if you are going to use them, I have found it cheaper to buy these in bulk from warehouse or even health food stores.
Other items I find cheaper at warehouse stores are milk and bread. BUT you need to take into account your membership fee and travel when deciding if warehouse stores are best for you and your family. You also need to avoid the IMPULSE BUYS – the “I cannot help myself & end up buying way more than I needed when I stroll through” syndrome. I actually do not get a cart to avoid that. I go get my milk and bread and hoof out of there before I get distracted!
What items do you find are always cheaper in bulk??
BEFORE buying bulk and building a STOCKPILE, make sure you have the SPACE and ability to use it up and manage it. How many times have you bought in bulk to save money and then throw out products because they spoil or expire? This DOES NOT SAVE YOU ANYTHING. Make sure you know how long products can last in your pantry, refrigerator and freezer.
Remember, we are all tempted to buy in bulk when we find a good price thinking it will never be that low again, BUT there is always another sale and always another coupon. Most sales on items are cyclical as are the coupons for them. As you shop more and coupon more, you will begin to see how much you need to buy to get you to the next sale.