A simple way to keep your budget as tight as possible is to buy items in bulk. This doesn’t mean you have to run out and buy a Costco membership — only do that if you crunch the numbers and it’s worth the monthly fee. Almost every retailer sells bulk items, and here’s what you should be buying.
As Us News reports, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Expenditure Survey found that the average American household spends $961 on meat per year. That’s a big chunk of change. You can save on meats by buying them in bulk and freezing them. The USDA says you can freeze beef, chicken and other meats indefinitely. Check the price-per-pound sticker to make sure it’s a good deal.
Unsurprisingly, canned food is also good to buy in bulk. Everything from canned tomatoes to tuna lasts in your pantry for at least two years. Stock up on essential bases, like beans, that can be used in a variety of meals. Even better, try to stock up when these items go on sale.
You should buy pet food in bulk and you’ll probably save more by doing so at a brick-and-mortar store. If you try to buy a big bag of dog food from an online retailer, you’ll likely get hit with a high shipping fee.
Obviously, paper products never expire and should be bought in bulk. It’s not like you’ll ever stop using toilet paper (unless you use a bidet?) so you might as well buy as much as you can store in your home.