- Take inventory of what you have in your home before you go, so that items you already have aren’t duplicated.
- Compare items you buy individually at the supermarket (e.g. toothpaste) and determine how much you might spend on that item over one or two months. For example, a tube of toothpaste at a retail pharmacy store costs about $4.50. At a wholesale shopping club, a bulk package of three tubes of toothpaste typically costs $8.99. If it takes you about a month to go through one tube of toothpaste, you’d see a savings of $4.50.
- If you enjoy eating seasonal items (like strawberries) and want to have them year-round, buy them in bulk and/or buy them frozen. Buying fruit in-season, rather than off-season will save you money as well.
- Remember that some wholesale shopping stores provide gas at a discount, sometimes as much as several cents lower than traditional gas stations.
If you’re looking for ways to cut back on spending and save money, buying in bulk will almost always do the trick. Although it may take you a while to get through 64 packets of blueberry oatmeal, the discounts on food, clothing, and other items at wholesale shopping clubs, closeout retailers, thrift stores, and even online should help you save money. Some stores will even send out coupons for big ticket items every few months or so.
Here are a few steps to keep in mind before you go shopping: