Bulk buying is the art of shopping for items in order to achieve the best savings to cost ratio.
Most of the time when people go for their weekly ‘grocery run’ they usually pick up a lot of their staple items in smaller packaged forms which usually isn’t beneficial to the hip pocket compared to their larger quantity cousins.
For example, the cost per unit for a can of olive oil is much better when compared to the cost per unit of a single bottle. Now, if you’re someone who cooks with any sort of oil everyday then you’re MUCH better off buying it in bulk than in single bottles.
Buy me in BULK!
You’re saving money and you’re also saving the environment by consuming less packaging!
Of course, in order to reap the rewards of bulk buying, you need to plan ahead before going into the shops. We can do this by using something called the ’80/20’ rule. The 80/20 rule focuses on analysing what are the 20% of things that produce 80% of the outcomes or results.
In grocery shopping terms: “What my 20% items that I consume 80% of the time?”
Common Food Staples
• Rice: white, brown, and just about every other variety
• Oats: instant, rolled, steel-cut
• Nuts: cashews, almonds, walnuts, peanuts, etc.
• Nut butters
• Spices: from cinnamon to curry, nutmeg to smoked paprika
• Pasta, including couscous
• Dried fruits: apples, papayas, banana chips, dates, raisins, etc.
• Dried mushrooms
• Dried seaweed
• Sugars: white, brown, coconut, etc.
• Flours: white, wheat, rye, gluten-free, etc.
• Seeds: pumpkin, sunflower, poppy, sesame, etc.
• Confectioneries: chocolate chips, among others
• Coffee and tea
• Maple syrup
• Oils: olive, canola, vegetable, sesame
• Vinegar: apple cider, white, etc.
• Tomatoes: whole, diced, sauces, etc.
• Beans: kidney, black, chickpeas, etc.
• Soup stocks and broths
• Condiments: ketchup, mustard, hot sauce
Common Non-Food Items:
• Aluminum foil
• Plastic wrap
• Sandwich bags
• Shampoo and conditioner
• Soaps, toothpaste, mouthwash, deodorant
• Laundry detergent
• Toilet paper
• Paper towels
Once you’ve done a quick 80/20 analysis of your consumption habits then you’ve pretty much completed your bulk shopping list!
Make sure you keep your shopping list in Trolley Saver to ensure you’re always getting the best discounts.