According to Stephanie Nelson, founder of money-saving website Couponmom.com, buying in bulk is smart if you know your prices, stock up on items when they are at their lowest prices and you are able to manage your inventory without wasting money or any of the product. Here are four tips every shopper should know before heading to the warehouse club: Consider the Shelf Life Whether you are buying strawberries or bleach, most products have an expiration date that should be taken into account before heading to the check-out counter. You have to consider the shelf life of various goods and how quickly you will go through that product or how much storage room you have before buying in bulk, suggests consumer savings expert Andrea Woroch. She says products like laundry detergent have a longer shelf life and are safe to buy in bulk, particularly because you usually get a better deal per unit. Dont Sample in Bulk You may think you are getting a great deal on a new kind of shampoo or a frozen bag of appetizers, but buying new products on a large scale is risky. Ive encountered many, many bulk-bought items that weren’t ultimately satisfying hiding in the backs of cabinets or the bottom of freezers, says Yarrow. People seem to be okay tossing or just suffering through smaller quantities, but big quantities just hang out and haunt people. If you see an appealing product, try it in a smaller quantity first before committed to buying it in bulk, she says. Avoid Buy Fattening Food in Bulk Even the most disciplined consumers will ultimately end up eating more candy or sweets if a larger bag is purchased, says Yarrow. Avoid the temptation and save both your wallet and waistband by buying treats in smaller quantities. Avoid Money-Wasting Traps Not having a list is an easy way to overspend, particularly when you are at a warehouse store. There are lots of tempting things at warehouse club stores; impulse-buying in bulk will wreak havoc on yourbudget, says Woroch. Just because something is cheap, doesnt make it a dealparticularly if you dont need it. Same goes with buying bundles of related items as one deal. You have to evaluate if youll use each item at the same pace, Woroch says.
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