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Buying in bulk / stockpiling ....is it really worth it?

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  • HariboJunkie
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    I just buy whatever is on very special offer. And I don't go overboard ;). I bought a few extra bags of loo roll when Lidl had it on special last week and will buy tinned toms etc when they are reduced. Just make sure that you only get what you will use and be careful buying perishables.

    Tesco have Wolf Blass wine for £3 a bottle this week plus 5% off if you buy six bottles so that might be a good place to start. :whistle::D
  • Kitchenbunny
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    I agree there. I tend to stock up on things I know I'll use, but I don't go overboard. If there's a possibility you won't use it, then I'd leave it. And stocking up doesn't have to mean a great big trip - Buy one, Get one free offers and other promos are always around - stock up on those when they seem worth it, and put the extras away. I tend to get tins, packets, pasta and flour as I know I'll always use them, be able to find something to make with them, and it won't be so much an extra purchase or strain on the food bill. :)

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  • Kiwisaver_2
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    I go on a once a month bargain hunt. I choose a few of my regular items that I use all the time and see which shop has them for the best offers and then will by enough to last a couple of months. Sometimes big packs of stuff bought at full price don't work out to be as economical as a couple of smaller packs bought on offer. I put a bit of money aside especially for this, so that I can actually afford to buy stuff when I see it on special. I don't go overboard as it's not always easy to find somewhere to keep large packs of stuff. Be careful to check and compare the equivalent price per weight or item, if you do decide to go for buying bigger packs.

    Things I buy:

    Coffee
    Kitchen Roll
    Toilet Roll
    Washing Powder
    Fabric Softener
    Cooking Oil
    Shampoo
    Toothpaste
    Deodorant
    Tins of Tomatoes, fruit, beans and baked beans.
    Tins of Tuna

    Thinking of a so-called bargain purchase I made over two years ago - a litre bottle of Tresemme Conditioner and now I am so sick of the stuff. I have used loads of others in between and that's probably made it last far longer than it would have if I used it all the time. I am sick of the sight of the bottle in the bathroom and there's still loads left. Just saying sometimes it seems a good idea at the time, but often I can regret making such large purchases as it can become a chore to use them up.
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  • Bitsy_Beans
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    I done the bulk buy thing at Costco. Some times it's cheaper, others it's not.
    I really only bulk buy meat from there now as it's lovely quality and I only need do one trip every 5 or so months.
    My biggest issue is storing it all. With 2 young kids we're limited due to the sheer number of toys, then there's our DVD collection so any spare room is already taken :o
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  • Katy83
    Katy83 Posts: 531 Forumite
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    Kiwisaver wrote: »

    Thinking of a so-called bargain purchase I made over two years ago - a litre bottle of Tresemme Conditioner and now I am so sick of the stuff. I have used loads of others in between and that's probably made it last far longer than it would have if I used it all the time. I am sick of the sight of the bottle in the bathroom and there's still loads left. Just saying sometimes it seems a good idea at the time, but often I can regret making such large purchases as it can become a chore to use them up.

    I use conditioner to shave my legs - it's cheaper than shaving foam and will use up that bottle for you!
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  • nimbo
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    Kiwisaver wrote: »
    Thinking of a so-called bargain purchase I made over two years ago - a litre bottle of Tresemme Conditioner and now I am so sick of the stuff. I have used loads of others in between and that's probably made it last far longer than it would have if I used it all the time. I am sick of the sight of the bottle in the bathroom and there's still loads left. Just saying sometimes it seems a good idea at the time, but often I can regret making such large purchases as it can become a chore to use them up.

    next time you fnishone of the other bottles of shampoo decant sopme of the treseme....

    it might help you hget over the last hurdle of using the dregs of the bottle, (and with a bottle that size the dregs last FOREVER!!!! it wouldn't be so bad if the bottle wasn't ugly and black, and so damn hard to pick up dur to it's sheer size...)

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  • Bitsy_Beans
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    Kiwisaver wrote: »
    Thinking of a so-called bargain purchase I made over two years ago - a litre bottle of Tresemme Conditioner and now I am so sick of the stuff. I have used loads of others in between and that's probably made it last far longer than it would have if I used it all the time. I am sick of the sight of the bottle in the bathroom and there's still loads left. Just saying sometimes it seems a good idea at the time, but often I can regret making such large purchases as it can become a chore to use them up.

    Damn I'd take it off your hands! It can sit with my mahoosive bottle of Tresemme shampoo ;)

    If you don't like the product can you not give it away??
    Can you not decant it into a smaller bottle and hide the large one away?

    Or like Katy says use it to shave your legs :D
    I have a gift for enraging people, but if I ever bore you it'll be with a knife :D Louise Brooks
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  • valk_scot
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    I bulk buy when I see something that I use regularly is on a really good offer. Remember these giant boxes of Persil that you could get for £1.50 with the coupon at Tesco last year? I got eight in the end and only finished using the last of them a few weeks back. That was worth bulk buying and I wish I'd got more now. I've got a shelf of shampoo and conditioner from the time that Boots was giving you 100 points when you bought a 35p bottle..right brand too! But I won't bulk buy things I don't use regularly, or that might go of before I get round to using them. It's not a bargain if you don't use it!

    My suggestion is to have a seperate bulk buy budget...say £5 per week, and let it mount up till you see an unmissible bulk buy. There's no point finding the £1.50 washing powder or 10p packs of mince if you can't afford to buy much of it. Have a little spare cash set aside.
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  • BitterAndTwisted
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    What I usually do is stock up on tins, dried pulses, rice and pasta when I see special offers as they keep for yonks and store them on top of the kitchen cupboards.

    The last time Lidl had a special offer on my favourite muesli I bought about a dozen bags (reduced from £1.59 to £1) and I was just down to my last bag when they repeated the offer again this week. I can't move for the stuff now. Same goes for laundry detergent and tea-bags
  • debtmuncher
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    i dont bulk buy. dont have the room to be honest. if i see buy one get one free offers when i do my weekly shop that we use then i get them but i dont specifically go about looking for offers. for me any savings are lost due to petrol costs.
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