When does it make cents to buy in bulk? – FWS006

Buying in bulk means more than just purchasing a 48 count package of toilet paper at Costco.

While it is wise to pay attention to prices, buying in bulk isn’t always just a frugal way to buy everyday food, paper and household goods.

Buying in bulk can save you in three ways

The primary ways buying in bulk can save money are:

  • Money
  • Time
  • Gasoline

Buy In BulkFewer trips to the store means more energy savings and wear-and-tear on the car. It also saves you time.

If you have kids then it could also save you sanity by making fewer trips to the store.

When it makes cents to buy in bulk

Look at the price-per-pound and compare them to what you could be spending on the same item at your local grocery store.

If you have a coupon you could beat the big-box stores like Costco and Sam’s.

Paying life insurance premiums or home and auto insurance annually can save you fees or result in getting a discount. Ask your insurance agent what they will do if you paid the full year all at once.

Pre-paying tuition is one way Coach Dave saves money. He pays ahead for his children’s private school.

What most people don’t think about when buying in bulk

There are costs associated with purchasing things in bulk.

Use the example of buying half of a cow. The meat might be cheaper but you need a way to store it.

A 5.0 cubic foot chest freezer can barely hold a half side of beef. With chest freezers costing $170 or more you would need to get the beef at a fantastic price to cover the storage cost. Don’t forget sales tax, delivery cost, and the electricity it takes to run the freezer.

Annual membership fees should also be considered when joining a big-box store. If a case of bottled water at Sam’s Club cost me $1 less than at our local grocery store I would have to purchase 45 cases of water just to break even.

The most important thing about buying in bulk

Remember to pay with cash, check, or debit card when buying in bulk (and someday BitCoin).

Using current money to buy future consumables will always be cheaper than consuming things today and paying interest on credit card debt in the future.

Paying ahead in cash could also save you in other ways. Simply by saving a little on the side every month has saved Coach Steve over $600 on summer vacations. How? They pre-pay by sending a check to avoid being charged a 3% fee when paying with plastic (debit or credit).


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About The Author

Steve Stewart

Coach Steve has been helping everyday Americans pay attention, not interest, since 2007 after he and his wife paid off $15k in consumer debt and, using the principles he teaches, they paid off their house in 2015. You will find him using his passion and messaging gifts to create financial education content through speaking, blogging and coaching all over the United States. You can reach him by completing a contact form at http://FinancialWellnessShow.com/contact