Is it really worth shopping in bulk even if you would not use all the items in a timely manner and need to drive 20 mins further?
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We have a large family so shopping in bulk just makes sense for us.
It would depend on the items. It would if they have a no expiration date or an expiration date that is 1 or 2 years. You also have to make sure you have enough space for all the bulk items as well.
Make sure to compare costs carefully and only buy items in bulk that you will use before they perish or expire. Calculate the cost of gas to drive the additional twenty minutes and add that to the food cost. Also, will buying in bulk save you an additional trip to the market or store.? Compare the costs of one longer trip vs. more additional, shorter trips.
We shop a lot in bulk. We store our baking goods in quart jars with tight lids to keep them fresh. Also, we buy 'horns' of cheese and shred our own and store it in the freezer. With a large family, it really does make a difference.
Buying in bulk makes sense for some things in our family - mostly non-perishables like TP, paper towels etc. Otherwise, now that the kids have moved out, it's just too much for two people.
I guess you just need to weigh out all the options. Since it is just hubs and me, I have found that it is not very economical for us.
if you're not going to use it, of course it's not a good idea. why waste the time and extra money for bulk if you're just trashing it? with the size of my family, that is a non-issue though.
I think it is completely worth it only if u can stick to what you really need. It is so easy to walk into a costco and get twice as much stuff just because it's there and a good deal.
I buy ground beef in bulk. I then divide into quart freezer bags. I then squish it flat into all corners while getting the air out. It gets stacked in the freezer, newest on the bottom. It is automatically rotated, fights freezer burn, defrosts quickly, and takes less room in the freezer.
It's worth it to me, though I don't buy anything perishable as far as items I am not going to use in a timely manner. We stock up at least once a month and drive a half hour to get there and back.
I will drive for durable goods or highly disposable goods in bulk. Jeans, toilet paper that sort of thing. Otherwise, perishables go bad before you use them. Canned goods. All day shopping, if possible.
I've been on a very tight budget of $600 a month grocery shopping to feed three adults. I can tell you from experience that bulk shopping has allowed me to do this! If that extra 20 minutes drive helps your cause, then absolutely do it - but only if you're going out once or twice a month. If you think you're saving by going out once a week or every other day, then no because your food savings is going right into wear & tear on your car and filling it with gas.
Depends on how big the family is and what they are buying. We stopped going to bulk buy because it took a lot to get there and we ended up spending a lot. Though it lasted a lot longer we were not financially stable enough to continue.
It really depends on the items you're buying. We get a lot of meat in bulk because it can be frozen
Depends on what your needs are and how big the family is if bulk shopping is good. I know there are times when it was beneficial and other times where we wasted money.
It all depends on what you are shopping in bulk for. Condiments are worth to shop in bulk. spices, seasonings, sugar etc.. Even pastas, rice, and beans. Though, like your vegetables, and fruits (some) you can buy in bulk then freeze. But, do the math first with the items and see if in the long run per month or month and a half if you really save more. Remember to calculate food waste, and money spent.