Why Buy In Bulk




Food shopping has become one of my favorite things to do as a parent. I will admit that there are times I regret not waiting for my husband
to be home so I could make my way without the kids.

Bringing kids with you to the store is a science — you have to measure the timing and the different factors involved. If your kids need a nap, turn around. Save yourself a headache and some gas.

Where To Shop
Growing up, we shopped at a specific wholesale store. It’s been a favorite ever since. I’ve traveled 20 to 25 minutes to get to this store since moving to South Florida. With grocery stores on just about every block, it’s interesting to think I’d be willing to drive more for a specific store.

It’s all about the quality and knowing that by purchasing items in bulk I minimize the number of trips I have to take each week.

There are a handful of places to shop — Costco, BJ’s, Sam’s Club — all of which provide membership for a fee to their shoppers. It’s a great way to maintain their loyalty, and it’s also a clever way to get more people to want to come in. There’s something about feeling like you’re exclusively allowed to shop somewhere that gets people more interested in doing so.




Why Stock Up 

There are certain items you’ll want to stock up on when you’re raising a family. Diapers, wipes, toilet paper, and paper towels are just a couple of the items I pick up in large quantities. It makes my life a lot easier knowing that I can go to the linen closet and grab whatever I need instead of rushing to a local store.

Another of my favorite items to stock up on are meat, rice, chicken, and vegetables. We cook for ourselves — including the pups — on a daily basis and we still manage to run out of most of these items within a week to a week and a half. Could you imagine what the timeframe would be if we didn’t buy them in bulk? 

For us, shopping for bulk items means we get to save on the following:

Time 
We don’t have to rush to the nearest grocery store for everyday items such as milk. We have what we need, when we need it.

Gas
Buying in bulk allows us to minimize our trips to the store each month. A lot of the items I buy one month, I won’t need to buy again for another month to two months.

Money
With the right strategy and some research at other stores, you could find out if you’re getting the best price at a wholesale place. Most items we pick up are available for about the same price elsewhere but offer fewer quantities per box.

Have you ever tried purchasing items in bulk? What has been your experience? 



36 Comments

  1. robin masshole mommy

    April 10, 2017 at 2:41 PM

    Yes! We have a house full of growing boys, so we save tons by buying in bulk!

    1. Fatima Torres

      April 10, 2017 at 3:54 PM

      I can imagine. Snack time is probably ALL the time for them. I know because our boys eat like savages.

  2. momknowsbest15

    April 10, 2017 at 2:41 PM

    I always buy in bulk. It saves me so much money

    1. Fatima Torres

      April 10, 2017 at 3:53 PM

      Yes. It really does. More so when you have a family to feed!

  3. Aduke Schulist

    April 10, 2017 at 5:09 PM

    We have some bulk shopping stores around here, but they are somewhat far away. I always say I want to get a membership so I can make use of them.

  4. Amber Myers

    April 10, 2017 at 8:06 PM

    If I had a larger family, I probably would buy in bulk. But I don’t think we’d finish a bulk package before it expired. And I run out of space to put bulk packaging. Our house isn’t that huge.

    However, I have bought bulk chocolates before 😉

  5. mariamagdalenahusain (@invinitelearn)

    April 10, 2017 at 8:24 PM

    Yes, I don’t like to go shopping. Shopping is a time consuming. I will buy in bulk just once in a month

    1. Fatima Torres

      April 11, 2017 at 11:10 PM

      I know what you mean. I don’t enjoy trips to the mall so I seldom make those.

  6. Crystal Green

    April 11, 2017 at 12:00 AM

    I have tried several times to get my husband on board with buying in bulk, but he sees the prices and states that it’s still cheaper to buy from the regular grocery store. I used to buy in bulk all the time prior to getting married and it worked well!

  7. gaborvantolna

    April 11, 2017 at 12:13 AM

    I agree with you. As long as the things dont get bad or we dont gain weight…

  8. Elizabeth O.

    April 11, 2017 at 4:01 AM

    I would prefer to buy in bulk because it’s cheaper when you calculate the costs. There are certain things that are great to buy in bulk, like toilet paper, cleaning products, stuff like that. When it comes to food, it depends for me.

  9. Alayna

    April 11, 2017 at 10:39 AM

    I live solo (unless you count my cat) so food items and things like that, I don’t buy in bulk because they almost always go bad or just sit there for months and months. I do buy things like paper towels in bulk though. HUGE money and time saver!

  10. Sarah-Louise Bailey

    April 11, 2017 at 11:21 AM

    We have a big family so prefer to buy in bulk that helps with saving too.

  11. Michelle Waller

    April 11, 2017 at 11:21 AM

    I love to buy in bulk. Saves money in the long run and saves me from going on multiple trips.

  12. Josselyn Radillo

    April 11, 2017 at 1:07 PM

    It’s been my grandma’s a favorite for a long time. and it really so good stored

  13. sparkofsouthernmoms

    April 11, 2017 at 8:36 PM

    I stock up and I do it more then I probably should. I buy with coupons and things that are on sale that will not spoil. It keeps me from running out and there is always a time you will have a slim month.

  14. Emily, Our house now a home

    April 11, 2017 at 10:13 PM

    We have three kids and just this past year have started going to the larger stores where you can buy in bulk. For years we thought we were somehow immune to it, but now that the kids are older and eat more we find ourselves going and stocking up more. Food and other household items disappear fast!

  15. Fatima Torres

    April 11, 2017 at 11:11 PM

    I’ve never tried couponing, but I wish I knew how. You really do save a lot on certain items.

  16. Annemarie LeBlanc

    April 12, 2017 at 1:30 AM

    I buy in bulk any time an opportunity comes up. It does save me money and sometimes, the stores give you freebies when you buy in bulk.

    1. Fatima Torres

      April 12, 2017 at 8:43 AM

      That is true. I forgot about that. You always want to sample before making the purchase.

  17. Lorena (@EnjoyatLondon)

    April 12, 2017 at 6:23 AM

    I know what you mean, love whole foods too, I always try to be on my own because I have to be honest I spent 505 less, husband and kids they always wants to buy anything and always spend more for unnecessary items.

  18. Azlin Bloor (@AzlinBloor)

    April 12, 2017 at 8:56 AM

    I think it’s a fantastic idea. We do it every 2 weeks or so with the necessities or if there are sales going on.

  19. Louisa Mercado

    April 12, 2017 at 1:05 PM

    Buying in bulk definitely has its conveniences and benefits. Stocking up is always a great idea and you save as you mentioned above.

  20. Nichole Shirell

    April 14, 2017 at 2:20 PM

    I agree some items are great to have in bulk. Although, the smaller my family gets, I find I cannot buy food in bulk.

  21. Elizabeth Brico

    April 16, 2017 at 11:19 PM

    This is so true, but also one of the reasons why people say poverty is expensive, because when you live paycheck to paycheck you can’t always afford to “stock up” even though it does ultimately save money. Sucks.

    1. Fatima Torres

      April 17, 2017 at 6:21 AM

      I hear ya. Stocking up has saved us during the hard times.

  22. jadoreledecor

    April 17, 2017 at 2:44 PM

    Although we don’t have a large family my husband and I tend to buy in bulk. There are some things that we just go through like crazy. So buying a bulk definitely has its advantages

  23. Angel

    April 18, 2017 at 2:38 AM

    Costco is my go to! I live by myself so I can’t get all the food, but stuff like toilet paper, laundry detergent etc in bulk are lifesavers.

    ❤ Angel ❤ Next Garden

  24. Shilpa Bindlish

    April 18, 2017 at 6:06 AM

    I also prefer buying certain things in bulk. SO that I may avoid visiting the store frequently and save some money too.

  25. Priyanka

    April 18, 2017 at 10:39 AM

    Buying in bulk is such a great idea. Right now, I don’t have the need to stock up, but when I have a family, it is definitely something I will consider.

    xo,
    Pri | Paint The Town Chic

  26. Saidah

    April 18, 2017 at 11:28 AM

    Buying in bulk is a no brainer. I always get better prices whether buying from a store like Sam’s or Costco or using coupons to stock up when things are on sale.

  27. Nichole Shirell

    April 18, 2017 at 12:55 PM

    This is great information. I buy paper products in bulk.

  28. Ana Ojha

    April 18, 2017 at 2:18 PM

    I prefer grocery shopping every weekend. I try to keep a buffer stock for all the inventory to prevent stock out.

  29. Maria Han

    April 19, 2017 at 1:18 AM

    I have 2 toddlers and I always love to buy bulk and have a many stock of their Diapers,wipes,Biscuits and or food and since Grocery was too far from our home.

  30. Healthwealthbridge by Dr.Amrita Basu

    April 19, 2017 at 10:22 AM

    I buy in bulk things whose expiry afe long.Not that which expires quickly.I had to throw out loads of stuff because of quick expiry

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