Bulk shopping can be a great way to save money, but sometimes the drive to the warehouse club is too far away to be convenient. Here's how can you save time, gas and money when shopping for grocery items.
Online shopping isn't a new phenomenon, but when it comes to buying in bulk, doing it online with services like Amazon Subscribe and Save can get you bigger discounts on items. However, while there are no upfront fees to sign up to Amazon's service, there is one condition:
In exchange for lower prices, you'll need to choose some specific items that will automatically ship to your house every one to six months. That may sounds like a big commitment, but if you select products that you use regularly, like garbage bags and toilet paper, it can actually help your budget in the long run.
As an added bonus, if you order a quantity of five or more of a certain product, Amazon will take an extra 15 percent off your total. For example, six boxes of Yogi Bedtime Tea goes for $17.04 on Subscribe and Save. If you knock off an extra 15 percent, that comes out to $2.54 a box. That's nearly 50 percent off the retail price.
And since most items are shipped in bulk, you'll get the most out of buying products that have a long shelf life like pasta, canned tomatoes, soups and seasonings. So, if your household can benefit from bulk buying, use these tips the next time you shop. You'll not only save money, but you'll save time and gas, too.
Warehouse Club vs. Grocery Store Prices
Get a Bargain With Bulk Online Groceries -- Savings Experiment
If you can resist the temptation of loading up your cart with non-essential "oh-look-at-thats," buying in bulk at your local warehouse club can indeed save you a bundle.
AOL Money & Finance visited both a Costco and Giant grocery store in Gaithersburg, Md. to see which items make the most sense to buy "big."
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