If you have ever given thought to how to buy in bulk so you can save money, you have come to the right post.  Groceries are expensive and Americans are spending hundreds every month.  So how can you maybe save some money on your grocery bill?  Well, buying in bulk can be one way to do that.

Buying in bulk as a single person or someone with a big family, can add up to decent savings.  You just have to know how to buy in bulk because not everything will save you money when bought in large quantities.

The benefits of buying in bulk

Even though your grocery bill will be higher, you may be paying less per unit in these higher-quantity packages.  Now that is not on everything you would buy in bulk.  There are certain items that actually do not work out to be less money.  This is where your calculator comes in.  You need to look at the unit price that they typically print on the price label. You would then compare that to how much you would pay for that same product but as a single unit.  For the items that are saving you money, they will last longer and that means less trips to the grocery store, less gas usage and less impulse buying.

How to buy in bulk so it is worth it

The key to buying in bulk is to stay away from buying what will go to waste.  You want products that both have a long shelf life and that you use on a regular basis.

Here are items that are good to buy in bulk.


Food and Beverages

  • Cereal
  • Oatmeal
  • Canned vegetables and fruit
  • Soup
  • Rice and grains
  • Pasta
  • Pasta sauce
  • Beans
  • Frozen food
  • Crackers/cookies/chips/nuts
  • Gum and mints
  • Sugar/Honey
  • Flour
  • Spices and extracts
  • Coffee/tea
  • Alcohol
  • Bottled water
  • Juice
  • Soda
  • Baby food and snacks
  • Baby formula
  • Pet food

These are pretty much all the foods the average family consumes regularly.  Of course, if you don’t eat canned food, you would not stock up on canned corn.

Household Products

  • Soap
  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Shaving cream
  • Lotion
  • Toothpaste/Toothbrushes
  • Floss
  • Toilet paper/Paper towels/Napkins
  • Paper plates and bowls
  • Plastic flatware
  • Coffee filters
  • Vitamins
  • Bandaids
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Cotton balls/swabs
  • Antibacterial wipes
  • Baby wipes/Diapers
  • Kitty litter
  • Laundry detergent
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Air freshener
  • Dish detergent
  • Trash bags
  • Lightbulbs
  • Foil/Plastic wrap
  • Parchment paper
  • Plastic storage bags
  • Batteries
  • School/office supplies
  • Socks /Underwear

As you can see, items that go bad quickly are not on the list to buy in bulk.  Things like cheese, milk, fresh produce and eggs may go bad before you get to use them all.  Even on non-perishable items, look at the expiration date.  If you don’t think you will use up that fabric softener in time, it doesn’t make sense to buy it.

Where can you buy in bulk?

The big warehouse stores that everyone knows are Sam’s Club, Costco and BJ’s.  Membership at Sam’s will run you $45/year for the basic level.  Costco is a$60 per year and BJ’s will run you $55/year.  So do the math and see how much each trip will cost you.  The idea is that your savings surpasses that amount.

With what is going on right now with the coronavirus, you may prefer to shop bulk onlineAmazon, Boxed and Jet.com are good options for bulk buying.