17 Items to Buy in Bulk to Save Money

Do you want to save money on your grocery bill? Everyone's constantly looking for ways to lower the amount they spend on their monthly food bill. But have you ever considered that buying more could help you spend less? The following are seventeen everyday grocery items you should always buy in bulk to save money.

1. Canned Foods 

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Canned foods are a staple grocery item many pick up during a shopping trip. Picking up one or two cans whenever you need them might seem cheaper, but it could save you a lot more by stalking up canned vegetables, fruit beans, soups, etc. These products often come in multipacks with a lower cost per can than individual tins. Since they can be safely stored for several years, these items are a smart bulk purchase. 

2. Herbs and Spices

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Herbs and spices are another kitchen staple that's constantly in use. While many come in small bags and containers, these are often more expensive than the larger bags and bottles. Purchasing your herbs and spices in bulk could save you in the long run. As long as they are stored in an airtight container, their freshness and potency can last a long time.

3. Batteries and Lightbulbs

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Have you ever been in a situation where you desperately needed batteries or light bulbs? By purchasing these in bulk, you can avoid any last-minute, often much more expensive, trip to the store. Batteries can be stored for up to a decade, and light bulbs can be stored indefinitely. Keeping these products on hand ensures you're ready whenever an electronic or light fixture needs attention.

4. Cleaning Supplies 

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You can't avoid buying cleaning supplies. However, you can control how much you spend on them. Many wholesale stores sell cleaning supplies in packs of three or four, and many consider that an unnecessary purchase. However, these products never go bad, and the money you save from buying in bulk will only add up over time.

5. Meat

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If you have a deep freezer at home, you should buy meat in bulk, especially when it's on sale. People who buy large portions of meat and freeze some to be used later often enjoy significant savings. Bulk buying your meat allows you to take advantage of lower prices at different times of the year and reduce the frequency of your grocery shopping trips.

6. Feminine Hygiene Products

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Feminine hygiene products are a monthly necessity, yet they are ridiculously expensive. While many women pick up a few items they will need monthly, buying in bulk could save a lot of money and stress. When you purchase a large supply, you often receive a lower cost per unit, saving you money in the long run. Plus, it eliminates having to rush to the drugstore every month when that time rolls around. 

7. Coffee

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Most coffee lovers need to satisfy their daily caffeine cravings. Not only would buying in bulk prevent you from the disaster of running out of your favorite brew, but you would also save money on your monthly coffee expenditure. Regardless of what type of coffee you enjoy, whether whole beans, ground coffee, or K-cups, purchasing your coffee in large quantities keeps your costs down.

8. Diapers and Wipes

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Imagine needing to change a dirty diaper but not having clean diapers or wipes on hand. Wipes are non-negotiables, especially during the early years. Buying these items in bulk alleviates some of the financial pressure of having a small child. It also reduces the number of trips to the store you need to take, freeing up crucial time during the day.

9. Food Storage Bags 

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Food storage bags are one item that is easy to run out of. These bags are handy for meal prep, storing leftovers, or simply keeping your food fresh. Buying them in bulk is the smartest option since they don't expire and are used very frequently in the kitchen.

10. Wine 

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Wine has an incredible shelf life, with more expensive bottles improving in flavor over time. Many stores offer discounts on purchasing multiple bottles. Buying wine in bulk can be quite cost-effective if you're a wine lover or just love hosting social gatherings at home.  

11. Paper Products 

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Paper products like toilet paper, paper towels, and tissue are household staples used daily. Buying these items in bulk reduces the cost per roll or box and ensures that you always have a stock of these items at home. Additionally, buying in bulk means fewer trips to the store, saving you time and money.

12. Pet Food

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Do you have a pet? How often do you buy food for it? Every pet owner knows that their animal companion needs consistent nutrition. A bulk purchase ensures that your pet's food supply is always steady and reduces the number of purchases you must make at the grocery store. Larger bags of pet food are also considerably cheaper than purchasing pet food in smaller quantities.

13. Pasta 

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How often do you shop for pasta? Dried pasta has a shelf life of up to two to three years, making it perfect for bulk buying. It's an affordable option that always ensures there's a quick and easy meal in your kitchen. 

14. Toiletries 

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Toiletries like soap, deodorant, and razors are everyday essentials that most people can't go without. Instead of buying a single item when needed, buying these items in bulk could lead to significant savings over time. Since running out of toiletries can be inconvenient and annoying, this also ensures you have one less thing to worry about running out of.

15. Office and School Supplies 

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Anyone working from home or with young children understands the importance of office and school supplies, like paper, pens, and printer ink. These items are used regularly in most households and can quickly run out. Purchasing these items in bulk is a smart economic purchase and is especially beneficial during the back-to-school season.

16. Shampoo and Conditioner 

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Have you ever stepped into the bathroom only to realize you ran out of shampoo and conditioner? These two products are daily essentials and can be costly in small quantities. Considering their long shelf lives, the savvy financial choice would be to purchase shampoo and conditioner in bulk, especially when they are on sale, and store them when needed.

17. Rice 

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Did you know that uncooked white rice has a near-indefinite shelf life? Rice is a staple food in many households. Bulk buying is wise, considering how long it can last when stored properly. This also reduces the need to constantly purchase rice at the grocery store, saving you time and money. 


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