I am a bulk shopper.
I know. There are only five us, so yeah, it might make me seem a little neurotic.
But, I don’t do coupons and I can’t even pretend to try.
So, bulk shopping is sorta my one attempt at being food frugal while trying to feed some of the hungriest Dudes on the planet.
And, from what I hear, I’m in for it more when they hit the teen-ish years.
So I’ve put myself in Dude Food Acquisition Training. I call it D-FAT for short. You know, because I’m a dork and I think it’s funny.
Inspired by my desire to go to the store as infrequently as humanly possible so as not to be embarrassed a-la-crazy 3 year old style learn to shop economically when there are a number of hearty eaters in the house.
I am notorious for impulse buying when it comes to food; a few boxes of cookies here, a cupcake mix or two there, veggie burgers I have absolutely zero likelihood of ever consuming.
Plus, going to the store mid-week is just not me.
We live in the boonies. I mean not the Boonies, boonies, because everything you could ever want to buy is located within 20 minutes; but that includes the grocery stores.
And, I am not driving 20 minutes to the grocery store for a bottle of BBQ sauce and a pack of hamburger buns.
Since gas is ridiculously costly, and the thought of having to strap the 3 year old into the car and take him anywhere he may interact with the general population makes me want to puke a little, I limit my trips “to town” (which sounds so country) and only go when absolutely necessary.
Like only to get cupcakes and ice cream important stuff.
So, we buy in bulk, and it works for us.
We go to *INSERT BIG BUY STORE OF YOUR CHOICE HERE* twice a month and on alternating weeks we go to Wegmans so I can do my happy dance naked in their aisles which is not as unsanitary as it sounds stock up on freshness.
Which means you only spot this Dumb Mom with her screaming tribe of raised-by-wolves children in a food selling store 4 times a month.
Can I get a woot?!
It’s the only way to keep me sane and I love it!
I know some people don’t think bulk shopping can work, but I’m about to convince you, because I know I’m right want you to experience fewer-trips-to-the-grocery-store bliss too!
Dumb Mom’s Guide to Bulk Shopping: 5 Things That Make It Worth It. Totally.
5. Non-perishables. Like paper goods and detergent and such. Unless you live in a storage-less hovel, this pretty much makes it worth the $40/year membership fee. You can stock up on paper goods like TP and napkins and such because it doesn’t go bad and one can never have too much toilet paper.
4. Gas. If you are near a membership based store that has its own gas station it’s totally worth it in this economy. In my town, Costco gas averages 7 cents a gallon less than other places that allow you to use your ATM card for purchase. If you are like me and buy 20 or more gallons per week, that’s a a $70-or so savings! I stink at math and even I know that’s enough to make my $40 membership a good deal.
3. Samples. Seriously, this Dumb Family goes to Costco every other Friday at lunch time. We eat the face offa the samples and then we buy hotdog combos or pizza to round out our lunch. The hot dog combos are $1.50 and they come with a drink. Um, score!
2. Stuff babies need, stuff kids like, and stuff you want too. Diapers, wipies, even Pull-Ups and swim diapers are all cheap, cheap, cheap compared to like heaven on earth Target and that other super center that scares me to pieces. Yes, you have a thousand of them when you come home, but let’s face, you’re not really planning on potty training that toddler anytime soon anyway, so why not enjoy a savings?! Plus, they sell toys, and video games, and movies, and books for people who still haven’t switched over to an e-reader for much lower prices than many other places.
1. Fewer trips to the grocery store. This requires no explanation. It is simply awesome and you know it.
Now, go buy 700 rolls of paper towels and 16 pounds of flour. You will be thanking me next month!