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Buying in large quantities has always been touted as a way to save money. Today I am going to explore that idea.
When we hit on hard times several years ago I accidentally discovered the idea of buying in large quantities. One day I went to buy a container of oatmeal and was met with empty shelves. I really needed the oatmeal so I went over to the bulk section of my grocery store to see if I could find some. I did and it was priced at 40% less per ounce!
In addition to being able to scoop some into a bag the store had 25 pound sacks at the same low price. I realized that by buying a large sack along with a bucket to store it in I was money ahead. I also realized that I would not have to buy rolled oats for another 6 months. From that day on I was hooked on buying large quantities.
Something else I discovered was the value in stockpiling large quantities when items were on sale. When foods like spaghetti sauce or peanut butter were on sale I would buy big.
Of course I was always cognizant of my budget. If I had the money I bought, if I didn’t then I walked away. Something else I paid attention to was the “out of code” date. I only bought an amount I was sure I could use before the product expired.
One day I sat down and figured out how much money I saved by buying this way. I discovered it to be around $600. At the time it was half of my yearly grocery budget!
Buying large quantities for several years kept us well fed on a small budget and kept my pantry full of food.
What about you? Any thoughts on buying large quantities? Feel free to share in the comments section.