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What To Buy (And Not Buy) in Bulk

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We are all looking to save money and one way to do it is to buy in bulk. However, buying in quantity is not always the best way to go depending on the product. Here is a list of things to buy and not to buy in bulk.

MSN Money’s Leah Culler did some research.

What To Buy in Bulk

Toilet paper and other paper products. If your home is like most American households, you probably go through plenty of them, and the cost per roll drops significantly when you buy a lot of them at once.
Toothbrushes and toothpaste. Value packs of toothbrushes and toothpaste provide nice discounts from the per-item price, and your dentist has probably suggested that you change out your toothbrush on a regular basis.
Batteries and light bulbs. Value-sized packages almost always give you a discount on the per-item cost, and you’ll be glad you stocked up when a bulb burns out or the TV remote stops working.
Dry pasta. If you keep pasta in an airtight container in a cool, dry place, it can last two to three years.
Meat.Giant packages of ground beef and chicken breasts can be much cheaper per serving, and meat freezes well. If you have lots of freezer space — or an extra freezer just for meat — it pays to stock up.
What NOT To Buy in Bulk

Condiments. Ketchup, barbecue sauce, hot sauce and mustard in giant containers can seem like bargains, but how much of these things do you actually use?
Flour. Flour can go rancid, so unless you’re a regular baker, it’s best to buy it only as you need it.
Spices. By the time you make a dent on a large container of a spice, it may have lost its flavor.
Shelled nuts can go bad within a few months once a container has been opened, but you can extend their life by as much as a year by storing them in the fridge.
Best and worst groceries to buy in bulk- MSN Money.

Of course space, size of family and budget all have to be taken into account so plan your bulk purchases wisely. Here are some more suggestions.



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