Wholesale Shopping 101

Most of us belong to a wholesale club because it certainly can save a lot of money.  Like anything, if we get carried away it can cost us more than we saved. 

As with any shopping you should always have a shopping list to avoid impulse purchases.  Impulse purchases are much more costly in bulk.  Be sure you have a master checklist since you usually buy the same things.  You should also really consider what you are buying and if you really need that much.  I know that I have to really rally my will power when I step in the store.  It’s really hard to think past lots more for lots less.  But often times, I don’t need more no matter how much less it is.

Another good rule of thumb is, don’t buy something new or for the first time at a wholesale store.  Try it from a regular store in a smaller size.  Even if you taste a sample and like it.  I really recommend waiting and getting a smaller size elsewhere.

Consider these things for all of your purchases:  What is the shelf life?  Can I freeze it?  Are we going to be able to eat  all of this before it goes bad?

Obvious things I buy that will never go bad are: toilet paper, paper towels, trash bags, and cleaning supplies.  Things that we eat lots of and I am better off buying in bulk are: cheese, eggs, refried beans (cans), and fruit snacks.

As for things that freeze, I buy chicken breasts, sausage, and bacon.

Make your master list and go through it before making your shopping list.  I only go to the wholesale store once a month, so I go through my master list and make sure I have enough of everything to make it through another month until my next trip.  These tips should make your next wholesale shopping trip a little more conservative and a little less impulsive.

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2 responses to “Wholesale Shopping 101

  1. Hey Dawn! Great post. Since I work at Costco – thought I’d chime in with some of my favorite items. Well, for one, our produce is amazing – and more and more of it is organic all the time. Some of us will buy certain produce items and split them – helps with spoilage. Other things people buy all the time: almond butter, tuna, organic EVOO, frozen fish and shrimp. I could go on and on – but one other thing to remember about Costco – is that EVERYTHING is 100% guaranteed – and you can return whatever you don’t like (including an opened bag of lettuce).

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