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    • matchboxfull
    • By matchboxfull 12th Feb 16, 12:07 PM
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    Buying in Bulk
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    • 12th Feb 16, 12:07 PM
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    Buying in Bulk 12th Feb 16 at 12:07 PM
    Do you do this? What are your tips?

    Do you wait for a good offer and then stock up by the armful? Do you buy enough for 6 months? A year? Where do you buy from? Amazon?

    Or is it irrelevant because your chosen brand is sold at a consistent price?
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    • SailorSam
    • By SailorSam 20th Aug 16, 12:53 PM
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    I buy lots of tins or tomatoes when they're on offer, 'cos i can use them in so many things when cooking. When Weetabix is on offer i stock up. Buy a lot of 'bread flour' so i know it's always there.
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    • jasonhyp
    • By jasonhyp 20th Aug 16, 1:00 PM
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    I buy lots of tins or tomatoes when they're on offer, 'cos i can use them in so many things when cooking. When Weetabix is on offer i stock up. Buy a lot of 'bread flour' so i know it's always there.
    Originally posted by SailorSam
    Yes this was my strategy in the past. Which is why I am considering buying wholesale from costco or wholefoods where goods are sold in bulk for a discount. Have you considered this? Any tips for how I can make a strategy like this work for me?
    • Nick_C
    • By Nick_C 20th Aug 16, 1:10 PM
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    Just bought 24 packets of Percol "Black & Beyond" espresso beans from Waitrose. They will probably last us until Xmas. 60 instead of 83.76. Free delivery. 5 cashback from Quidco, and 6 from my Halifax Credit Card on a 10% cashback offer. Total savings 41.5%

    If I'm in Sainsbury's late at night and they have marked down Crumpets and Muffins, I will buy them and freeze them. They will keep for weeks, just microwave to defrost and then toast.
    • jasonhyp
    • By jasonhyp 20th Aug 16, 1:14 PM
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    Just bought 24 packets of Percol "Black & Beyond" espresso beans from Waitrose. They will probably last us until Xmas. 60 instead of 83.76. Free delivery. 5 cashback from Quidco, and 6 from my Halifax Credit Card on a 10% cashback offer. Total savings 41.5%

    If I'm in Sainsbury's late at night and they have marked down Crumpets and Muffins, I will buy them and freeze them. They will keep for weeks, just microwave to defrost and then toast.
    Originally posted by Nick_C
    Impressive Nick!
    So you think the best strategy is to check normal supermarkets and fish for the best deals rather than buying directly from a wholesaler?
    Yep, 7pm onwards is perfect for finding marked down crumpted and muffins.
    • wannabe sybil
    • By wannabe sybil 20th Aug 16, 1:42 PM
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    My experience is that it is only worth buying in bulk if it is non perishable or long use by dates, easy to store, is not likely to be hoovered up as there's loads in and you actually use it.

    If you get a great score on toilet paper (I got 108 perfectly adequate rolls for @13 inc p&p) and can store it, then great.

    I am about to junk a load of pasta that never got used up in time, and which is well past the use by date.
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    • wannabe sybil
    • By wannabe sybil 20th Aug 16, 1:45 PM
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    My experience of Costco and Makro is that a lot of the time you can get a better deal in a supermarket. The exception is the brands that are rarely on sale.

    My favourite supermarket have a large pack of Ariel for 11. About twice a year it goes on offer for 5.50, cheaper than Makro. That's when I buy Ariel, but I get a lot. I can't waste it or over use it, it doesn't go off and the stash sits under the kitchen table.
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    • Nick_C
    • By Nick_C 20th Aug 16, 1:54 PM
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    So you think the best strategy is to check normal supermarkets and fish for the best deals rather than buying directly from a wholesaler?
    Originally posted by jasonhyp
    I've not looked at buying direct from wholesalers. I also have the luxury of being retired and having the time to shop around. I shop in a mixture of Morrison's, Aldi, Lidl, Wilko, Sainsbury's and Waitrose/Ocado on line.

    Most supermarkets have loss leaders. Buy the best deals from each place.

    I have two credit cards that regularly offer me extra cashback at the supermarkets. I use my TSB debit cards for 5% back on contactless, using the self service tills to split my shopping into smaller transactions of < 30.

    I buy toiletries in Wilko who are consistently cheaper than the supermarkets. (And you can get 4% cashback in Wilko if you order on line and collect in store)

    Check Top Cashback and Quidco for supermarket deliveries, and if you have never had a home delivery before you will find some excellent sign up bonuses. For example, Waitrose are currently offering new customers 20 off each of their first five shops for orders over 100. Now I wouldn't say buy all your shopping in Waitrose, but they do have some good special offers.
    • PennyForThem
    • By PennyForThem 20th Aug 16, 2:41 PM
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    I am about to junk a load of pasta that never got used up in time, and which is well past the use by date.
    Originally posted by wannabe sybil
    lol
    Why junk pasta which is dried - it is not going to go 'off' unless fresh.
    • David Aston
    • By David Aston 21st Aug 16, 3:20 PM
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    "I guess its the promise of cheap items that gets people through the door but the expensive Medjool dates that keeps them spending".

    I've only just done a quick online trawl Jason, but if you can find the Medjools cheaper elsewhere for me, I'll be grateful for the heads up!!!
    • Gnocchi
    • By Gnocchi 31st Aug 16, 8:18 PM
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    I stock up on things that I know I will always use like tinned tomatoes if I see the brand I prefer on offer. Also anti-persistent deodorants, shampoos and shower gels, loo rolls, kitchen roll, disposable razors, anti-allergy tablets.

    In some stores doing this seems frowned upon. End of the day whether one customer buys 10 tins for 1 each or 10 customers spend 1 each the store still gets 10

    We get the Comfort Pure Professional 5litre containers from B&M as well.
    • hazeldreams
    • By hazeldreams 12th Oct 16, 9:49 PM
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    Which retailers do you all bulk buy from?
    Hi! I'm desperately trying to bring down our grocery bills and want to know where it's best to bulk buy from... I've jotted down the following as a starter for things I could buy in bulk and store; pasta, toilet roll, beans, pulses, lentils, washing powder, tinned tomatoes, mayonnaise, ketchup, olive oil, cat food, washing up liquid, dishwasher tablets, rinse aid, shampoo, conditioner....I'm sure there's more I could add to the list...Just really want to hear from the experts how best and where best to start the bulk buying process! Thanks so much in advance!
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    • robin58
    • By robin58 13th Oct 16, 12:30 AM
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    Hi! I'm desperately trying to bring down our grocery bills and want to know where it's best to bulk buy from... I've jotted down the following as a starter for things I could buy in bulk and store; pasta, toilet roll, beans, pulses, lentils, washing powder, tinned tomatoes, mayonnaise, ketchup, olive oil, cat food, washing up liquid, dishwasher tablets, rinse aid, shampoo, conditioner....I'm sure there's more I could add to the list...Just really want to hear from the experts how best and where best to start the bulk buying process! Thanks so much in advance!
    Originally posted by hazeldreams
    Your answers are in previous posts.

    Look at your consumption and try and buy the things you REALLY need at the best price first. Look around at every store you know sells what you want. Buy at the best price.

    Start slowly at first stockpiling. Space can get taken up quickly, ( he says looking at a large stash of T-rolls.).
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    • hazeldreams
    • By hazeldreams 13th Oct 16, 7:32 AM
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    Your answers are in previous posts.

    Look at your consumption and try and buy the things you REALLY need at the best price first. Look around at every store you know sells what you want. Buy at the best price.

    Start slowly at first stockpiling. Space can get taken up quickly, ( he says looking at a large stash of T-rolls.).
    Originally posted by robin58


    Thanks for the link to the thread and for the advice Robin!
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    • rabialiones
    • By rabialiones 12th Mar 17, 10:35 PM
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    bulk shopping for function?
    I need to buy soft drinks and catering supplies (plastic cutlery , plates et)
    any ideas on best places for these items.

    have looked at 'approved foods' but not as cheap as I thought they would be.
    Nice to save.
    • jon81uk
    • By jon81uk 13th Mar 17, 9:44 AM
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    I need to buy soft drinks and catering supplies (plastic cutlery , plates et)
    any ideas on best places for these items.

    have looked at 'approved foods' but not as cheap as I thought they would be.
    Originally posted by rabialiones
    Costco is quite good for soft drinks (8 2litre bottles of Pepsi is 7.20 inc VAT).

    But their plastic cutlery is quite expensive, although very good quality. I normally buy cheaper stuff from Asda. The polystyrene plates and bowls from Costco are also good and strong, but probably priced right value for the quality, they aren't expensive but aren't bargain cheap either.
    • rabialiones
    • By rabialiones 13th Mar 17, 11:53 AM
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    have looked at Costco online , but there were no 1.5/2litre drinks/water bottles
    Last edited by rabialiones; 13-03-2017 at 11:58 AM.
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    • jon81uk
    • By jon81uk 13th Mar 17, 12:04 PM
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    have looked at Costco , but there were no 1.5/2litre drinks/water bottles
    Originally posted by rabialiones
    I assume you mean you checked the Costco website? That doesn't show the same range as the warehouses at all and the website is much higher priced (as delivery is included).
    The warehouses stock a huge range of soft drinks, including cans and 1.5, 1.75 and 2 litre bottles. Pepsi is cheaper than Coke both on cans and bottles and as I said the standard price is about 7.18 for eight 2 litre bottles.
    • KxMx
    • By KxMx 13th Mar 17, 1:01 PM
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    Try eBay for the plastic plates & cutlery.
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