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Have you ever noticed that the things you buy every week at the grocery and hardware stores go up a few cents between shopping trips? Not by much… just by a little each week but they continue to creep up and up.
All it takes for the price to jump up by a lot is a little hiccup in the world wide market, note the price of gasoline as it relates to world affairs.
There is a way that we can keep these price increases from impacting our personal finances so much and that is by buying in quantity and finding the best possible prices for the things we use and will continue to use everyday… things that will keep just as well on the shelves in our homes as it does on the shelves at the grocery store or hardware store.
For instance, dog food and cat food costs about 10% less when bought by the case than it does when bought at the single can price and if you wait for close out prices you save a lot more than that.
Once you start buying in bulk you develop a backlog of supplies, so that you can wait for the sales or when things are in season and save a fortune. Stores often have case lot and closeout sales and if your budget isn't tied up with replacing the basics, you can focus on the deals.
Set aside some space in your home and make a list of things that you use regularly which will not spoil. Any grain or staple products like sugar and salt will need to be stored in airtight containers that rodents and bugs can’t get into so keep that in mind.
Then set out to find the best prices you can get on quantity purchases of such things as bathroom items and dry and canned food.
You will be surprised at how much you can save by just buying a twenty pound bag of rice as opposed to a one pound bag but don’t forget that it must be kept in a rodent proof container.
You can buy some clothing items such as men’s socks and underwear because those styles don’t change, avoid buying children’s and women’s clothing, those styles change and sizes change too drastically.
Try to acquire and keep a two year supply of these kinds of items and can save you hundreds of dollars.
A penny saved is a penny earned,