Welcome back to our last installment of Grocery Grumbling! If you missed any of our previous posts, you can catch up here and here.
When we moved into our house, I was in awe of all the space we had in comparison to our 600 square foot apartment. Most notably, I was thrilled with the pantry space we know had. I have not one, but two pantries in our new home. I finally had the space to be able to buy in bulk and stockpile some nonperishable goods.
Shortly after we moved in, we got a membership to our local wholesale club, BJ's. After some trial and error not to mention a lot of math, I've compiled a list of the most cost-effective items to purchase at your local wholesale club like BJ's, Costco or Sam's Club.
Best Bang for Your Buck
Dog Food - there is usually always
a coupon for dog food and it'll get you a huge bag of food for a little bag price!
Potato Chips - I always go for the 50 count Snack Pack.
It's perfect for lunches and lasts a month!
Snack Items - This includes: fruit snacks, granola bars, etc.
Toiletry Items - This includes: shampoo, conditioner, soap,
toothpaste, deodorant, etc. Usually always have a coupon for these items.
Only have to buy them 1 or 2 times a year!
Ziploc Baggies: Another thing to get with a coupon that is almost always cheaper
than the grocery store.
Contacts - Seriously! It's the least expensive place in town (and online) we've found
for the hubby's contacts!
That said, this is not a comprehensive list of the only things you should buy wholesale. These are simply the items that I have found to be most cost-effective. The most important tool to use while shopping wholesale is KNOWING PRICES. You can't spot a good deal without know what its counterpart at the grocery sells for.
My tips for shopping wholesale? On average, I go to BJ's once a month with a strict budget. Everything is written on the list and typically has an accompanying coupon. Don't stray from the list. I know that stuff in the middle is tempting as is the mega size bag of Reese's on the candy aisle, but resist the dark side. If you don't, you'll have a hefty price tag at checkout.
Before going, I use a price list to give me an idea of what I'll be spending to make sure it fits in my budget. Looking for a price list? Check them out here:
What are your tips for saving by buying wholesale?