Spending Too Much at the Grocery Store?

Does it always seem as if you're running out of things and need to make more than one trip to the grocery store? It can be annoying, frustrating and more expensive than you may think to live in this type of cycle. And the solution is a simple one: just buy in bulk; in other words, stock up on those items that you know you normally use.

Buying in bulk has become a popular thing to do. Stockpiling goods saves money in the long run. The most savings come from bulk buying of the items that you use the most. For example, you'll (hopefully) always need toilet paper. When it goes on sale, most people usually only buy one or two packs of it. But if the price is good, why not buy as many as you can afford and store them in a clean, dry place? Do the same with paper towels, trash bags, laundry detergent, and light bulbs. You can also use this technique with nonperishable food items. Canned goods are always a good bet. They keep for a long time and are good for throwing together a casserole or some dip for the big game.

Most people worry about vegetables and fruit going bad if they buy them in large quantities. They typically have every intention of eating the apples, cucumbers and assorted goodies during the week, but often never get around to them. When they do decide to use those fresh veggies, they're no longer as attractive and tasty-looking as they were when they left the store. How can you combat this? Well, frozen fruits and vegetables are generally just as good as the fresh variety. In fact, frozen vegetables are often flash-frozen at the point of harvest. The process seals in the vitamins and minerals. When you steam them, the freshness is released and they taste just as good as they would have  if you'd just picked them out of the garden. As long as you have a freezer, you're all set.

Buying in bulk saves money. Many stores have an aisle or two devoted solely to bulk items. Check around to see who offers the best value. Further, you can combine your bulk buying power with coupons to save even more money. In fact, buying when items are on sale is the best way to stock up, even if it's not an item sold in bulk. You can buy enough for it to be considered bulk and store it until you need it.

When stocking up on much-needed items, don't forget to check out the store brand. Some people turn up their noses at generic brands as if they're an inferior product. Actually, just like cars, many of these items roll off the same production lines from the same food supplier. The difference is no more than the name on the box.

To lower your grocery bill, learn to buy in bulk during sales, and actively search for coupons. Stock up on those items that you use frequently.

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