Shopping for groceries and household supplies takes time, energy and of course money. Here in NYC where I live, and in many other areas too, people live centrally in very small apartments and simply do not have room to buy bulk items. That's a bummer on many fronts, because not only do you have to go shopping more frequently, each time you run out of that 4-roll pack of TP, for instance, but you also spend more money this way, too. Much more, in fact, over the years.
After living in teeny, itsy bitsy one-room apartment for years with my husband, we had to move and find more room when our daughter was born. So now that we have found that place with more space, after more than a decade spent shopping for small items almost each day, I am delighted to be able to buy some items in bulk, because I have room for them (well, for a few at least, let's not get too excited here). (And yes, it's really the very small things in life that make me happy, sometimes.) And I am SAVING so much TIME and MONEY. It's fantastic! Here are, so far, the best bulk items I have found for making life easier and cheaper:
1) Toilet Paper!
2) Paper Towels
4) Laundry detergents and cleaning products (though some cleaning products you really don't need to ever buy bulk of course, because you don't use them in large quantities on a daily basis).
5) Snack packs for kid's school and camp meals
6) Baby food (in jars and pouches, and formula)
7) Baking needs if you bake often (such as various types of flour and sugar etc.)
9) Emergency supplies (Bottled water, non-perishable canned foods, batteries for flashlights, first aid items)
10) Pet food and supplies (like kitty litter)
11) Regular personal hygiene items (like moisturizering lotions, sunscreen, bars of soap, toothpaste, floss, even hair care products)
12) Office supplies and paper supplies like gift-wrap, ribbon, tape, and note cards.
The few things that really don't make sense to me to buy in bulk are really simply things you are using as a rarity, or fresh produce, dairy and other refrigerated foods.
What are your favorite bulk buys?
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