First Person: The 4 Items I Always Buy in Bulk

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For the past seven years I've been in charge of my family's finances. My husband counts on me to keep our budget up-to-date, and to make sure we have enough money remaining each month to cover our basic needs. One of the ways I do that is by purchasing things in bulk. Although I'm careful because not everything that is available in bulk is a good deal. Here are a few things I always buy in bulk to save money.

Dog food

My dog has to eat a very special diet because she has weight issues. Her food is a little more expensive than other brands, but I have found a way to make it more budget-friendly. I used to buy her a five pound bag of food for $10, but after taking at look at the bags available I learned I could get a 30 pound bag for $50. Buying her food this way means I'm getting five pounds of food for free, or saving $10.

Bags of frozen vegetables

I'm a big fan of vegetables, and have always like the freshness and convenience of the frozen bags. I normally pay $2 a bag for them at my local grocery store, but on occasion, the store runs a buy 10 bags for $10 sale. That means I'm getting a 50% discount, and I save at total of $10.

Batteries

I often joke with my husband that we would be rich if we didn't have to buy batteries. I swear a package of batteries goes so quickly that I rarely know what happened to them. I used to buy packs of eight AA batteries for $4, but when I ran across a pack of 20 for $7, so I switched brands. Buying them this way means I get two and a half packs worth of batteries for the price of one and a half packs. In the end, I save $6, and that's a pretty good deal if you ask me.

Toilet paper

Toilet paper is something you can never have too much of, and something I refuse to live without. I remember a time when I could buy four rolls of toilet paper for $1, but in late 2008 that changed. Now four rolls will cost you nearly $3 in most stores; however, if you buy in bulk you can still save. At my local big-box store I can get 12 rolls for just $6, which means I'm basically getting four rolls free, and saving $3.

All told, I save around $29 by purchasing these items in bulk. In addition, I also save the time and aggravation of running out of the things we use a lot.

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