Buying In Large Quantities

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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.

This post is part of a 31 day series.