Take a new approach to shopping for household staples to save money by buying in bulk. Shop the loss leaders at your local grocery store and stock up, or put your membership at the warehouse club to its highest use. You’ll guard against future price increases and also benefit from the bulk discount. Plenty of items — canned goods, toilet paper, detergent and such — can be bought months in advance. But what if you don’t have storage space or a big enough family to warrant a dozen large cans of tomatoes at once?
“Consider purchasing in bulk but splitting the cost,” said Julie Ramhold, a consumer analyst with DealNews.com, a shopping comparison site. “Grocery bills will get more expensive, but consider purchasing in bulk from warehouse stores. Often the price per unit will be cheaper than shopping at a regular grocery store, but you’ll save even more if you can actually split the cost with friends and family. One of the biggest downsides to shopping in bulk is that you have to find somewhere to store all the items and it can be pricier upfront, but if you can split the cost and the supply with friends and family, you’ll save even more.”
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