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5 benefits of bulk shopping

It’s about more than just saving time and money. A few of these will really surprise you.

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If you're on the lookout for some budget-friendly, time-saving solutions that could also make a positive impact on our planet, we've got a hot tip for you - try buying groceries and household essentials in bulk! Here are five awesome reasons why you might want to give bulk shopping a go:

1. Being budget savvy

Who doesn't love saving money? Retailers love when customers help shift more inventory, so they often reward you with better prices for larger quantities. Here's the math: saving just 70 cents on each bulk item, multiplied by 15 items, puts an extra $10.50 in your pocket for the month. Now, multiply that by 12 months and voila - you've saved $126 in a year. That's quite the budget boost!

2. Time? You've got it!

Consider this: with a well-stocked pantry from your bulk shopping spree, those frequent trips to the grocery store will be a thing of the past. A full pantry means fewer "uh-oh" moments when you run out of essential ingredients. So, your weekly grocery chore could easily become a monthly task, saving you 3-4 trips a month. That means saving on gas, too!

If you're more of an online shopper, this benefit extends to your virtual cart. You can wave goodbye to the weekly pick-up slots and schedule just one grocery delivery for the month. Fewer delivery slots mean more time for you and less waiting for grocery pickups.

3. Eco-friendly

Bulk shopping is also a pretty green choice. Less packaging equals less waste, and the planet thanks you for that! Buying some items in bulk such as coffee, oatmeal, or peanut butter, can cut down on plastic use, and when packaging is needed, and sometimes use more sustainable materials, like paper, canvas, or glass.

And let's not forget, less time on the road heading to the grocery store means less gas and lower emissions.

4. A meal prepper's paradise

Do you like planning meals in advance? Bulk shopping could be your new best friend! With a pantry chock-full of ingredients, you can plan and cook meals for the entire week in one fell swoop. No more monotony of eating the same dish all week - with bulk shopping, you'll have the supplies to cook up a storm and bring in some tasty variety!

5. Prepare for a rainy day

Life is unpredictable, and so are supply chain hiccups. When things go awry - think food shortages or shipping delays - having a stash of essentials can come to the rescue. With items like rice, beans, and canned goods stacked up in your pantry, you can weather the storm comfortably.

But is bulk shopping for you?

While bulk shopping has many benefits, it may not suit everyone. Considerations like available storage space, the initial outlay for bulk purchases, and finding a quality store that sells in bulk (like Costco or Sam's Club) are important. 

If buying in bulk would bust your budget (or your available pantry space), consider teaming up with a friend. You can split up the bulk purchases – it won’t cost as much or take as much space, but you’ll still enjoy the savings! You can also check out how we at WorkMoney can help you find savings at the grocery checkout aisle. 

Ideal items for bulk buying are non-perishables such as rice, pasta, canned goods, and toiletries since they won't expire.

We've got you covered at WorkMoney!

Here's the lowdown: bulk shopping can help you save money, save time, contribute to a healthier planet, and ensure you're ready for unexpected hiccups. And at WorkMoney, we're committed to making your shopping experience as beneficial as possible

Take a peek at our AccessPerks for access to money-saving coupons from bulk food suppliers like Costco. Our WorkMoney member benefits page is loaded with even more discount programs to make your bulk shopping experience as rewarding as possible.