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    • By COOLTRIKERCHICK 14th Aug 12, 4:31 PM
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    • 14th Aug 12, 4:31 PM
    I normally bulk anything that we use/eat when they are prices that you can not ignore..especially when the supermarkets have got a 'blip' on or if the supermarkets reduce end of lines etc...

    Sadly the best bulk buys are no longer available, like the health and beauty leaflets that mr T used to have.

    The best advice i can give newbies, is write down your normal everyday items that you buy on a regular basis.... and the price range that is the standard price... IF you see it alot cheaper than it is normally, BULK BUY!!!!!!! ( or buy what you can afford)

    AND be aware of the so called false offers...... there are loads of them around....
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    • By rabidbun 14th Aug 12, 5:51 PM
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    So far, toothpaste (25p per tube clearance) and deodorant (while my fav was on half price offer) and my favourite pasta (de cecco) and chopped tomatoes (cirio) up to around six months supply when it is half price.

    My criteria are that the offers have to be half price or less and genuine (not the price rise malarky for weeks beforehand) and also that storage room is available (in plastic boxes for food incase of mice).

    I did have a great deal on some end of line frozen salmon when the box art was changed, which was probably my largest save. If I recall correctly it was 75% off and I spent 20 on it. Oh, and the olives sale that Sainsburys did this year, same discount - got enough for a good year.

    As far as tips go:

    Know the usual genuine price for things you look out for or buy often
    Check sell by dates
    Make sure you have room to store things correctly
    Check tins for dents/jars for seals etc
    • kitschkitty
    • By kitschkitty 14th Aug 12, 6:09 PM
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    I don't bulk buy these days as I noticed the things I had bulk bought weren't exactly essentials - like hundreds of cakes , packets of couscous and packets of snacks from Approved food! Have to admit I gave up shopping with approved food when I got over the novelty of having so much cheap food and now stick to buying more of what we really need rather than just stuff that looks like fun to try!

    If say shampoo or coffee are on a really good offer I might buy 6 lots, but don't really buy larger quantities than that of anything these days.
    A waist is a terrible thing to mind.
    • Soworried
    • By Soworried 14th Aug 12, 8:22 PM
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    I have been bulk buying shaving foam in the last few weeks.

    Down to just 40p in MrA, I have cleared their shelf almost every two days.

    Grab anything that you normally buy when you see it at a good price. Also use Mysupermarket savvy buys search by price. Head and shoulders today just 2p.
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    • quidsin
    • By quidsin 14th Aug 12, 8:57 PM
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    We have over the past few years, it all started with Bertolli olive oil, with it been dearer then other oils, we've topped our kitchen cupboards up with it when it was less than half price, we now do the same with tinned tomatoes, beans, loo roll, kitchen roll. It all saves money in the long run
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    • 14th Aug 12, 8:58 PM
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    Would that be the Asda brand shaving foam Soworried in the white can or the blue slightly more expensive one nope completely different, i use the 26p one. dont remember it being that cheap though

    and where did u see head and shoulders for 2p
    Last edited by andy2004; 14-08-2012 at 9:00 PM.
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    • By nearlyrich 14th Aug 12, 9:03 PM
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    I buy things that we use and that won't go off in copious amounts when it's on offer, loo rolls, toothpaste, shower gel, shampoo, washing powder, washing up liquid, dishwasher talets etc tinned food such as the Branston beans offer, napoli tomatoes, heinz soup, red salmon, jars of jam, sandwich pastes. Oh and I always buy 6 bottles of wine for the discount at Tesco ( that's my excuse LOL)
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    • skylight
    • By skylight 14th Aug 12, 9:04 PM
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    I haven't seriously bulk bought since Tesco and Beef in Gravy.
    • DigForVictory
    • By DigForVictory 14th Aug 12, 9:45 PM
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    We bulk buy:
    Loo roll
    Kitchen roll (when on promotion)
    toothpaste (Flipcap not screwcap - the boys loose caps!)
    Washing powder (not just Big boxes but Lots of Big Boxes)
    Baked beans
    Chopped & plum tinned tomatoes
    Red kidney beans
    Washing up liquid in 5L jugs (no excuses for the lads!)
    Lea & Perrins in a 5L jugs (heavy, shockingly pricy upfront, but compared to the supermarket? hah!)
    Malt vinegar in 5L jugs (ridiculously cheap, no wonder supermarkets make a packet)
    White vinegar (for cleaning) in 5L jugs (pennies in the right place! The Chinese Wholesaler)
    Low sugar brown sauce whenever on promotion
    Low sugar jam whenever on promotion

    As we have the storage, the Costo card & only do it in the first 2 weeks of the month.
    My husband still blinks at how much I spend - then when I do the maths in the supermarket he realises Just How Much I save on individual items...
    • Soworried
    • By Soworried 14th Aug 12, 9:54 PM
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    Would that be the Asda brand shaving foam Soworried in the white can or the blue slightly more expensive one nope completely different, i use the 26p one. dont remember it being that cheap though

    and where did u see head and shoulders for 2p
    Originally posted by andy2004
    The head and shoulders was in MRA as well. I use mysupermarket then click savvy buys, then sort by price. It will bring you up the best bargins. Wednesday is normally the best day. It is like most of the supermarkets mark loads down over night.

    The shave gel is MrA own, protect ultimate for men. Silver with a dark blue top and orange stripe across the label.

    I am also bulk buying lemon pie filling at the minute but at -5p can you blame me?
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  • Middy
    I bulk buy shower gel and anti-antiperspirant when its being discontinued and selling for like 30-70p at work or other places.

    I have enough washing liquid to do me for a year - 18 months. I I had some coupons recently for these and buy them as they are silly money One was for 1.50 off any Fairy detergent. At the time, my work were selling the small gel bottles for 3. On top of staff discount, I paid 1.20. Then through the post, I had 3.50 off Surf Small n Mighty - the c.45 wash bottle. Was 6 at the time. Paid under 2 for it.
    • gallygirl
    • By gallygirl 14th Aug 12, 11:09 PM
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    Generally I bulk 'buy' when Mr T do something like their DTD offer last year and I get paid to take away wine, washing liquid and dishwasher tablets. Have just bought my first washing liquid in 16 months and still got a few boxes of dishwasher tablets but the wine didn't seem to last as long .

    Apart from that, same as everyone else - loo paper, toothpaste, coffee. Occasionally great offers on Lady Grey teabags, last lot were from Waitrose, I bought 7 boxes and everyone at work thought I was mad. Would have bought more but that's all they had .
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    • Bennifred
    • By Bennifred 14th Aug 12, 11:17 PM
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    Tinned tuna when it is on offer is a favourite in our house - student sons practically live on it! Either that, or they are selling it on.....
    • lilrahi
    • By lilrahi 14th Aug 12, 11:30 PM
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    I have not had to buy any of the following for 3 years:

    Tea leaves
    Fairy washing up liquid
    Basmati Rice
    Chapatti flour
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  • hkminca
    I only buy things I will use, and only bulk buy when it's free or very cheap. Last year I bought enough Honey Shreddies to last the year (had coupons so they were free), campbells soups (free), Sacla sauce (free) and pasta (very cheap). This year I've stocked up on enough fabric softner, dishwasher tablets and laundry liquid for very little money and won't have to buy any more for about 2 years.

    Other things we'll bulk buy are loo rolls, shower gel and cat food.
  • mr-tom
    I bulk buy a lot, but much of it is already listed.

    The only one to add is Red Bull. I have to drink a can a day as I get cluster headaches, and if you visit the supermarkets at the right time, you can get it for as little as 66p in bulk, compared to 1.79 in the local supermarket.

    And no, it's vile enough already, I'm not switching to some even more awful own brand.
    • Ken68
    • By Ken68 15th Aug 12, 7:25 AM
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    Cartons of UHT 1 litre 24p (usually 49p) at Lidl this weekend. End Date 6 months.
    • ellesbellesxxx
    • By ellesbellesxxx 15th Aug 12, 7:40 AM
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    We don't have much storage space at the moment so food wise we don't tend to bulk buy as much as we would like to
    However, toiletries we do as we have our preferred brands.

    I have a B**y Shop card and my sis in law loves their cranberry body butter - usually retails at 12. However, they were selling it off reduced at 3 so bought 3 (Then as buying other things could use my 10 off 25 spend and 10% off) so have stocked up for bdays/christmas! The sales assistant said they were prob just redoing packaging!!!!!!!!!!
  • starlet_haylz
    Managed to get packs of Simple Human bin liners normally 4.99 a pack for 1.66 from achica. I meant to buy 500 but accidentally bough1000 - slightly excessive and if we use 1 a day they'll last nearly 3 years oops
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