Buying in bulk can be an awesome way to both save money and save yourself trips to the store. But bigger isn't always better.
Big-box stores and warehouse clubs like BJ's, Costco and Sam's Club are a shopper's dream -- One-stop shops where you can buy a lifetime supply of your favorite foods and products. However, don't let every gargantuan carton and low price tag tempt you. Tons of items are better purchased in a 2-pack rather than a 24-pack.
Next time you find yourself at a wholesale mecca -- don't go too crazy. Be selective! Load up your cart with giant packs of gum, toilet paper, diapers and office supplies -- but don't grab everything you see on the shelves.
See the 7 items to avoid buying in bulk below:
Be cautious in the cooking aisle. Cooking oils have a much shorter shelf life than you probably realize (only 3-6 months!) and ground spices lose their potency after about 6 months. White rice and other pre-cooked rices reportedly have a shelf life of 30 years -- but did you know brown rice expires after only 6 months?
Besides the obvious grocery staples that perish quickly -- like dairy products, produce and meat -- there are some other products to avoid buying in large quantities that you may not be aware of.
Hit up the grocery store instead for the above items -- or just stick to smaller packages.