We’ve all been there: You’re in the kitchen making a meal and you reach for an ingredient — only to find that it’s gone. If you absolutely must have that ingredient for your recipe, then the only thing to do is head to the store and pay full price to refill your supply. It may be tempting to purchase a small amount of whatever you need — just enough to finish making that recipe — but you’ll actually end up paying more that way. Though it may seem expensive to spring for a larger size, buying in bulk will save you money in the long run.Coupons.com, looking for offers that match up with items on your list.” If you spend a few minutes searching for deals, you could end up saving as much money as you would at a membership-only wholesale club.
Another part of successfully shopping in bulk is creating a strategy for using all of your purchases. If a store has a great deal on sweet potatoes but you can’t come up with enough delicious ways to use a 20-pound bag before they go bad, then it may not be such a bargain. In Jeanette’s words, “Bulk savings mean nothing if you’re not able to use it all before it goes bad.” Plan your menu or have a concrete plan for storing bulk foods before you shop; that way you won't waste money when you toss unused food. Jeanette also recommends glancing at expiration dates when you shop and storing bulk purchases in a cool, dry, dark place (like a pantry) for optimum shelf life.
Ready to start shopping? Before you plan your menu or make a trip to the store, consider these quick and easy tips; they'll make it easier to purchase in bulk and save money.
Know Which Foods to Buy in Bulk
Know Which Foods to Avoid
Kristie Collado is The Daily Meal’s Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @KColladoCook.
Jeanette Pavini is an award-winning savings expert who has contributed to the coupons.com blog, The Wall Street Journal, and Market Watch. Her 30-minute Emmy-nominated show, The Daily Real, ran for 10 years on CBS and NBC and has received eight Press Club Awards for Best Program. Jeanette has also been featured as a guest on the TODAY Show and Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family Show.