SEATTLE — When it comes to saving money on groceries, many people turn to warehouse subscriptions to buy in bulk. Sure, the shopping experience is greater when you push an oversized cart down wide aisles to get big boxes of these bulk items – but does that save you money?
To give you a quick answer, yes and no. It depends on what you are trying to find.
“Let’s go to Costco and shop together, and split it in half,” said shopper Maya, who partners with another family to divide and conquer.
“For a single mom, it doesn’t make sense to go to Costco, but if you’re going together, I mean yes, sharing is best,” Maya said.
Elle Thomas of KIRO 7 sought out a shopping expert to find out if buying in bulk really saves money; since you’re paying between $50 and $100 or more for a wholesale subscription, you want to make sure it’s worth it. A blogger dubbed “Thrifty Northwest Mom” says buying in bulk can help you save big, if you plan correctly.
It all starts with a purchase based on the size of your family. If there are fewer people in your household, look for items that you can freeze or store for at least three to six months, such as rice and dried beans or canned goods. They are cheaper and last longer.
You can take these savings a step further by looking at unit price or price per ounce, ensuring that you are getting the absolute best price.
Finally, get ready to cook freezer-focused meals. Cook in large batches, portion foods out, and freeze them so nothing goes to waste, and you have a meal ready to go.
Also, when you’re buying in bulk, it’s not the time to try something new. The less you throw away, the less money you throw away.
One last thing – discounts can be found for these warehouse memberships. Click here to find out more.
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