When it comes to any product that thing that you need to remember is that you are paying more for packaging than anything else. This is one of the reasons why buying in bulk is cheaper than just running down to the grocery store; a 5 gallon bucket of sunflower seeds uses a lot less packaging than the 100 bags it would take to fill that bucket. In most cases it makes sense to weight the money savings versus the space it will take up in your house when you are buying bulk, and bulk purchases are occasionally not too great of a deal you just get more of something than you would in traditional stores. There are a few items which are a no-brainer to buy in bulk and I have compiled the top 5 right here for you.
1. Toilet Paper
I don't know about you, but I have never had toilet paper spoil, and there has never been a time when I have not been in the mood to use toilet paper which makes it a pretty solid bulk buy. The two things to watch out for are that you have the room to store the pallet of TP you are about to buy and that you are buying actual toilet paper and not that 1-ply sand paper that companies sometimes try to pass off as toilet paper.
Look, they are going to get used, believe me. It doesn't make sense to purchase small packs of diapers. Even if your baby grows out of them before they are all used - which is unlikely from size 3 and up - you can still give them as gifts to your friends and family who are expecting.
If you have the freezer space it makes total sense to purchase meat in bulk. I am from the Midwest and around here people will buy half a cow at a time and save themselves a ton of money. Even if you don't go that route it makes sense to take advantage of major sales and buy a couple extra pounds of your favorite animal carcass to consume at a later date.
4. Trash Bags
Trash bags are perfectly packaged for bulk purchasing as they don't take up a lot of room; and when was the last time that you didn't need a trash bag?
5. Shelf Stabled Dry Goods
This is the biggest no-brainer, especially for a large family. Foods like rice, dry beans, and pasta last forever and can feed a small army. Just make sure that you have ample storage and meal plans for all of those dried goods or they will just become space and waste.
The Dollar Dad isn't about pinching pennies. He is about making and saving money in interesting way to live the best life you can.