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Like half of the country I own points cards or pay to shop cards to one or more big box bulk shopping stores.
But I have started wondering whether I am really saving any money? Or am I spending more money?
Most times I have found I enter the big box case lot sale stores with no list, first mistake.
Our family goes to these stores with a few items in mind and I say a few. We generally leave with more than we intended, mistake number two.
By chance we happen to shop on the weekends when the stores are have those end of the aisle tasting booths and a few extra items may enter our buggy, mistake number three.
I am seeing a pattern here…. Does this sound like your shopping trip to a certain big box case lot sale store?
If you answered yes, you are not alone. Believe me I love case lot sale stores. I have saved some good money with them, but I have found lately that I really need to be paying attention to the pricing and doing some calculations to determine whether I a really saving on an item.
In order to save money you need to:
Be wise when you shop..
Bring a calculator or know your grocery store prices…
Think about whether your family will really eat that big box of burritos before they go bad???
Big box bulk shopping is great if:
- You have done your homework and know your prices
- If you shop with a list
- If you skip the aisle wondering and taste testing
You can save money when buying in bulk if you are aware of the items price at your local grocery store. Bring a calculator and do the math, divide the price up per item and see if you are really saving money. Only buy what you are truly going to use. If you are buying large freezable items, portion them out and freeze them before they go bad. Shop with a list and skip the aisle wondering. Do you really need that case of tuna fish or that one gallon container of ketchup?
Be wise in your bulk shopping and you will save money.