Bulk Shopping Tips?

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Registered: 05-15-2009
Bulk Shopping Tips?
Mon, 04-26-2010 - 9:35am

Do you have any tips for bulk shopping to share?  We used to have a Costco membership, but let it lapse.  I don't think we were buying enough in bulk shopping to justify the membership at the time.  Plus, the nearest Costco is 25 minutes away.  I keep hearing about all these wonderful deals to be had, but I'm apparently not talented enough to pull it off.

iVillage put out a new slideshow called 10 Tips for Buying Food in Bulk.  I didn't notice any big surprises when reading it, though.  What are some items that you buy in bulk?  Have you ever bought anything in bulk that turned out to be a gigantic mistake?

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Registered: 12-14-2006
Mon, 04-26-2010 - 11:39am

I used to have a membership to a BJs and the nearest one is about 45 minutes away from us. I found that I wasn't going enough to justify keeping that one.

My Siggy
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Registered: 03-27-2003
Wed, 04-28-2010 - 12:31pm

We have a membership to costco, the one that gives you money back at the end of the year so I know its worth it cause it more than pays for the membership and we have left over to spend. I buy tons of stuff there. Tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, chicken breasts, butter, cheese, ketchup, baking soda, salt, spaghetti noodles, wheat thins, paper, waffles, batteries, shampoo, soap, peas, green beans, peanut butter, nutella, dog food, pretzles, corn, basically anything they have we can use in a meal lol. We can sometimes get it cheaper in stores if we have a coupon and go on a sale day, but that does not come as often as we need it to. With 10 people we go through the staples quickly. Even "stocking up" around here means enough to get us through the month. We will buy in stores the on sale stuff with a coupon but we don't rely on it, we just use it to bolster our stash from costco.

We will do shopping for other people at costco. They will tell us to get them some cheese or something and we do that for them and they give us some money for it. Cause some people its not worth it when they are only gonna get a few things there a year.

Storage for us is not a problem. We have 2 fridges and a deep freezer. We also have a walk in pantry. I am sure I can think of some things we have bought that we didn't end up liking. So always get a sample before buying unless you know its something you will like. Like ground meat or chicken breasts. If its a processed food you might end up not liking it then what are you going to do with 10 lbs of it?

We shop with a menu but there are just things we always get. Like the veggies. I love buying in bulk cause I can always go to my freezer and there is everything I could want to make a meal with. Its like having my own store in my kitchen.

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Registered: 02-21-2006
Fri, 04-30-2010 - 12:03pm

our standing sam's list is this


some cereals
ketchup 7lbs for $3.05
green olives
some chips
wine (when i am not pg/nursing)
freshfrozen veggies and fruits (can't beat the dole chunk mango)

oh, and the big mozzerella and cheddar shredded cheeses and 3lb bacon
and sometimes yogurts and juices

as you can see we use ours alot. once i did price sheet it became clear and i discovered savings there that i had been missing out on. and they have the best berries,grapes,celery.

we pay for our membership easy in what we save in one month of milk alone


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