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Buying in bulk is one of the greatest strategies for shopping today — but only if you do it right. There is unquestionably an art to being a smart bulk shopper.
When it comes to buying goods in large quantities at warehouse stores like BJ’s, Sam’s Club and Costco, there are a few general rules you should follow:
- Plan wisely: Before you buy 50 rolls of paper towels, consider how much space you have in your home for storage.
- Look at price per unit: Although an item may seem like a good deal at first, check to see how the price per unit compares to other stores selling the same (or similar) product. It’s easy to be fooled by a “bulk deal” that’s seemingly a bargain, but if you do the math, you may be misled into purchasing 15 jars of peanut butter at its normal price for no reason.
- Consider the shelf life: While it’s a good idea to purchase a month’s worth of butter that you can store in your freezer, hold back from buying a month’s worth of eggs or condiments that may perish sooner than you’d expect — and opt for a week’s worth instead.
We’ve compiled a list of 10 items that experts and shoppers alike have deemed smart purchases at these warehouse clubs. From baking staples and alcohol to batteries and cleaning products, these are the items you should fill your trunk to the brim with after you sweep through Sam’s.
These bulk-buying tips will help you save both on your trip to the store and in the long run. So empty out your fridge (and your car) and get shopping!
10 best items to buy at BJ’s and Sam’s Club:
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