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Save Money: Buy in Bulk

Why Do This?

Industrial-sized bags of Cheetos are certainly fun, but they probably won’t save you much cash. You can do your wallet a bigger favor by being a savvy bulk-shopper. By targeting some commonly used home-items on your next trip to Costco, you can easily shave some dollars off your monthly shopping bill.

Time: 15 minutes

How To:

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    Toilet paper. The future may bring some new invention that renders toilet paper unnecessary, but until then, it’s a pretty reliable expense. Purchasing your TP in bulk can save you up to 50 percent compared to regular store prices. Plus, toilet paper never rots or expires! The only limit is your bathroom storage space.

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    Toothbrushes. You can get two toothbrushes for around $8 at your local drug store, or you can buy in bulk and get six for $14. Pretty easy math, right? Having a bunch of brushes handy will also make you more likely to switch them out on time and preserve that beautiful smile. Don’t throw the old ones away just yet – over-the-hill toothbrushes make great cleaning tools!

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    Laundry detergent. There are enough excuses to avoid laundry as it is, you don’t need to add a dwindling supply of detergent to the list. By springing for one of those massive detergent tubs, you can save as much as 17 cents per load, which is nothing to sneeze at (especially if you’re working with a coin-operated machine).

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    Diapers. If you have kids running around the house, you’re probably already familiar with an undeniable truth: babies poop a lot. In fact, parents spend an estimated $1,100 a year on diapers. Buy those dookie collectors in bulk and you could save as much as $350 a year. Not too bad at all!

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    Meat. Curveball! You may think of meat as a perishable food, but the truth is it freezes extremely well, meaning you can buy it in bulk assuming you have the freezer space. As long as the meat is properly sealed (read: no air in the package), it can last for up to nine months, depending on the type. Beef will last the longest, chicken runs a close second and pork has the shortest freezer-life. Whatever meat you buy, we recommend splitting it up into meal-sized portions before the big freeze to avoid the hassle of refreezing and storing leftovers.

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