Very often, less is more. Filling our fridges with vegetables we never eat, stocking up our pantry with items that go out of date and buying things simply because they’re on special is not a frugal approach to groceries, it’s a cheap one. And one that will end up costing you money. Here are 6 items it’s worth buying in big numbers, inspired by an article on Yahoo! Finance.
Put it this way, you’re always going to use it. It’s not an item becoming redundant anytime soon, so it’s worthwhile looking at purchasing toilet paper in large amounts and taking advantage of the discount. Buying smaller packs might be a smaller initial outlay, but is a cheap (as opposed to frugal) decision in the long run.
Here in Oz, we’re blessed with 99% of our tap water being drinkable. Compared to the rest of the world, we’re on Cloud 9 water-wise. So, it could be said that a truly frugal decision would be to buy a drink bottle and use tap water wherever you go. That said, sometimes you need to provide bottled water for a lot of people- running an event, or water for a soccer match. At those times, a bulk buy will bring down the price of each bottle to less than a dollar.
If you have a dog or a cat, you’ll probably be supplementing the food for your beloved pet with some fresh meat but the majority of your purchasing can be done in bulk. Borrow a car and head to Pet World, buying one of the 20 kilo bags of dog food. They last forever and you’ll save a lot of money on the smaller bags you can pick up at Coles or Woolworths. Just check that you’ve got a bag with a far-off expiry date, and you’ll be sweet.
You’re hungry, or you need something to clean out your mouth. Or you’re just bored, and you spy a pack of gum at the servo. Problem solved hey? You can save money by buying a carton of gum and keeping it in your car or handbag. You can halve the price on a stick of gum by buying in bulk.
Storage is an inevitable issue, but if you’ve got the room, why not invest in large containers of laundry detergent? It lasts forever, and you’ll save 40- 50% off purchasing smaller containers (as well as giving the environment a bit of a break). You can also look at how much you’re throwing into the wash; halving what you put in will probably have a negligible effect on how clean your clothes are, and a very positive effect on your budget.
If you’re doing a big cook up, it’s fine to buy veggies in bulk and stock the freezer. If you’re short on time, however, it works just as well to buy meat and freeze the bulk of it immediately. Meat works well after being stocked in the freezer, and you’ll save a lot of money by buying a larger amount. Just be sure to keep a ‘freezer stocktake’ somewhere, to ensure you use everything you’ve frozen and take advantage of your frugal ways.