Everyone needs the shopping basics, toilet roll, soap and shampoo. There is nothing worse that running out when you need them. So why not save the stress and cost by bulk buying bargains to save money on your shopping.
How to save money by bulk buying
Looking out for special offers, such as half price, third off, buy one get one free or reduced to clear are proven methods to cut your shopping bill down. So how much money can you save? It all depends on your own shopping preference and how much bulk buy. If you decided to stock up on a few bottles of your favourite shampoo when it was next on offer. Typically most products go through a quarterly promotional cycle so stocking up at the right time can save you £££’s. For example if your favourite shampoo is £2.00 and you buy it when it is half price. You decide to buy 6 bottles to stock up. That’s a saving of £6.00. If you repeat this at least 4 times a year that’s a saving of £24.00. Repeat for other products and your savings will increase.
What to stock up on
If you are still not convinced then think of the savings you can make if you did this for other toiletries:
- Toilet rolls
- Washing Powder
Need even more convincing? If you are a mummy, you could save even more money. Think of stocking up on the following:
- Baby wipes
- Nappy bags
- Baby Shampoo
- Baby soap/wash
- Nappies (depending on size needed
Baby toiletries are not cheap, so if you stock up when on special offer then you will always have these essentials in stock. No body likes to run out of nappies, so stocking up can save you from a nappy emergency.
Creating a stockpile
Do you really need a stockpile? This depends on how much storage/space you have at home as to how much you can stock up on. If you don’t have the room to store 20 packs of toilet roll don’t buy them. The stress of having not having room to keep your stockpile will outweigh an monetary saving you have made. Another consideration is your personal cash flow circumstances. Only stock up if you have the money to do so. Never bulk buy products on a credit card that you could be charged interest on. It will just defeat the object. If you do have a spare cupboard, stock up on a different products each week when it is reduced. That way your not spending too much more than you normally would.
Toiletries are always the top items I look to bulk buy in, however food cupboard items with long use buy dates are always useful to stock up on. Tins, long life milk, cereal and tea bags are great items to buy when on offer. I usually buy 2 or 3 of a item depending on how good the saving is.
My favourite tool to use to plan my shopping trip is Mysupermarket.com. If you have already made your shopping list you can enter all the products online. It then compares the price and will tell you which store your shopping will be cheaper at. You can then decide which supermarket to shop at. This will be dependant on your location, as if you will spend more time or money on petrol/bus/taxi to get there then you loose any saving. Some special offers are all about timing. Reduced to clear or discontinued lines are all about hitting the shops at the right time, so you will need to grab them while you can.
Start saving in bulk buying
Now over to you to make a start on creating a stockpile and start saving. It doesn’t have to be cupboards of extra items or look like a corner shop in your spare room. Stocking up can really make a difference on products you use frequently. If you add up the cost of your shopping at full price compared to the discounted price you really will be amazed at the money you can save.