Budget Better: 7 everyday items to never buy in bulk
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.