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#1 drom

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 06:14 PM

I'm trying to manage my budget a bit better this year and now that we actually have a pantry want to start buying things in bulk to save some $$$.

So I'm wondering - do you buy stuff in bulk to save on costs? Or is this really a fallacy?

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 07:45 PM

Considering supermarkets now have to display unit prices, I'd suggest checking them out, but generally larger quantities are cheaper per unit.
The only thing we really buy in bulk is laundry detergent, but we also don't buy that from the supermarket (and eucalyptus oil, but that's also partly because we get that from near Bendigo - 3 hours away) We do buy large quantities of things like toilet paper when it's on special.
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Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:00 PM

Hay laugh.gif I buy once a year at harvest time and fill my shed - saves me a pretty penny

In the home I can't think of much besides olive oil - we buy that in the huge tins, oh and sometimes flour and rice..

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:35 PM

Oh yes, the olive oil!
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Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:44 PM

We buy quite a lot in bulk. My husband can't control himself when he sees a good deal. laugh.gif

We get:

Toilet paper
Palettes of tinned tomatoes
Razor blades (from ebay for his mach 3 razor - he buys a few cartons at a time and they are less than half what you pay in the supermarket)
Toothbrushes and toothpaste
Laundry detergent
Shampoo etc from a cash and carry beauty supplies place
Olive oil
Rice

I'm sure there must be other things as our storage cupboard is chockers but it's in the baby's room so I can't go look.
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Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:50 PM

For us, toilet paper, laundry powder and sometimes oil (the brand I prefer doesn't come in bulk).
We'll also buy trays of fruit & veg on occasion and only if I know it won't go to waste.
I noticed gr@ys are doing bulk supermarket lines but I haven't as yet compared prices (incl freight).

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 09:31 PM

Husband loves buying toilet paper in bulk. The other day we got down to our last two rolls and I realised that this had never happened in the entire course of our relationship. It was freaky!!

Cleaning products are pretty much always bought in bulk now (and we refill the original containers). We buy:
- Dishing washing liquid
- Washing powder
-spray and wipe
- preen

I also buy bakers flour in bulk online as we use a lot as we make our own bread. When it comes to other ingredients I find easier to buy in regular sizes but to look out for specials as they arise. I store buy soft drinks, mineral water etc when it is on special and store it in the wine cellar (so classy laugh.gif ).

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 10:49 PM

We buy lots in bulk. We like Costco for bulk buying. Things we buy in bulk:

Paper towel
Windex in big jugs
Glad wrap, alfoil, baking paper etc in the commercial sized rolls
Kitchen sponges and scourers
Resealable lunch bags
Tomato paste
Dried herbs
UHT milk for DH
Proactive margarine
Baked beans
Chocolate!
Drinks (ginger beer, soft drinks etc)
Sometimes fresh vegetables if we arrange to share with friends (eg 5kgs of onions for $5)
Soap/bathroom supplies

With Costco we went in and looked at everything they had, then during our next supermarket shop we compared the prices. Some things were equal, others were much cheaper. So you need to know how much things are at the supermarket, so you can tell if you're actually getting a good bargain or not. We worked out that all the things I listed are much cheaper in bulk at Costco, so we go there once every few months and stock up. We often find one or two new things there that are cheap too, like last visit they had pails of Vegemite for $10.

It can be a money saver, but you need to check prices to be sure you're getting a good deal.

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 09:49 AM

We dont to much in bulk as in a 10kg bag, but I always stock up when things are half price in the supermarket/shops like-
- dishwashing liquid
- dishwasher tabs
- shampoo & conditioner
- other cleaning products
- washing liquid/powder
- deoderant
- vitamins
- spreads
- toilet paper
- tin vegies

We also but a lot of our meat in bulk, like a whole rump and then use it for a roast, steaks, stirfry, stews etc or our butcher has whole budget rumps for $5.99 a kilo sometimes, we know it is not going to be much good for steak, but is excellent for roasts, stews etc. You cant even buy stewing steak/blade/round for that price half the time.

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 10:25 AM

For us toilet paper (must have when a master 2 decided to flush a whole roll or two in a day)

Oil - we have now to change what we used to buy as it no longer is sold in tins sad.gif

Washing Powder, Fabric Softener, Napisan - i tend to buy from BigW and only when they have free shipping as its the best price for me.

Milk - might sound crazy but in a remote town where the store has to wait until a barge comes into restock buying shelf love milk buy the carton is essential especially when (a) cyclones are announced, (cool.gif the barge comes in late © the price of fresh/cold milk is $8 for 2Ltrs (no joke)

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 11:04 AM

We don't have a Costco (or any competition to Coles/Woolworths) in WA but I do still buy some stuff in bulk when I find it or it's heavily discounted or on 3 for 2:

- loo roll
- washing powder
- shampoo
- dishwasher tablets
- bread flour & yeast from the scoop shop
- cashew nuts (maybe a Thermomix thing)
- fruit at markets but only if I'm in a jamming mood)



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Posted 19 January 2013 - 04:28 PM

Ok so it looks like I need to definately start looking at doing a bit more bulk buying.

Thanks for all the great recommendations. smile.gif


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Posted 19 January 2013 - 08:52 PM

A lot of the above plus:
Quinoa
Lentils
Brown rice
Spices.
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Posted 20 January 2013 - 02:14 PM

Oil
Flours
Sugars
Toilet rolls
Glad Wrap
Foil
Rice
Lentils
Beans
Oats

Most of my dried foods nowadays.
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Posted 20 January 2013 - 04:20 PM

I buy small quantities from our local bulk foods shop so I get the benefits without having to find somewhere to put the stuff.

A friend has a Costco card and I purchased toilet paper, nappies, tinned tomatoes and a few other things. I'll go back soon. It was mental but worth the trip.
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