Best Money Tips: Best Stuff NOT to Buy in Bulk

By Linsey Knerl on 29 March 2010 (Updated 17 April 2010) 4 comments

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips roundup. Today, we tell you the best stuff not to buy in bulk, how to make a stellar breakfast pizza, and how health reform will affect you in 2010.

Top 5 Articles

Best Stuff NOT to Buy in Bulk — Beware the allure of savings when dealing with this list of products. You may not be getting your money’s worth! MainStreet

How Health Reform Will Affect Consumers in 2010 — It’s a long bill, but these 700 words can go a long way to helping explain the new changes! Health Harbor

Breakfast Pizza — Words cannot describe this amazing creation! You have to see the photos for yourself (and check out the delicious directions, as well!). Smitten Kitchen

Tax Audit Red Flags — No one of these items is guaranteed to set off an audit, but the right combination could. Get familiar before you file! Bargaineering

Set Up a Window Box Garden for Fresh Vegetables and Kitchen Herbs — This clever hack for making your dishes more delicious will also make your apartment window more beautiful! Imperfectly Natural via Lifehacker

Other Essential Reading

Restaurants on the Cheap: 5 Ways to Get Deals on Dining Out — We’ll give you a hint: it starts before you ever leave for your evening out! Get the scoop on super savings via this clever article. CBS Money Watch

5 Free Online Applications to Help you Get Organized — I love these tools! Simple, no-cost ways to get you on your way to peak productivity. Generation X Finance

Haven’t Filed Your Taxes Yet? No Rush — If you’re one of the many Americans who will be owed money when you file (in the form of a refund), you may not need to freak out over that April 15th deadline. CNN Money

6 Simple Ways to Clean Your PC — Freshen up your machine inside AND out, with these clever tips! My Life Scoop

Finding a Good Job in a Bad Economy: A Job Hunt Post-Mortem — This telling story brings readers along on a job search, and then lays out all the lessons to be learned. Very engaging! Consumerism Commentary

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Interesting on the "Best Stuff Not to Buy in Bulk" links to a companion article of the "Best Stuff to Buy in Bulk". And there's a number or items that end up on both lists.
Basically: only buy in bulk if it's cheaper per unit price, you'll use it up before it goes bad (or you get sick of it and it sits unused until it goes bad) and you have room to store it. Otherwise, not a terribly useful set of articles.

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I think the moral to the story is to really know what products you'll use.  I actually find brown rice to be a great thing to buy in bulk.  You're right, however... it will vary by person :)

Thanks for the comment!

Linsey Knerl

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Sometimes I walk out of Costco and glance at some of my purchases and wonder "Why" LOL This brings that point home. In other words, don't just buy something you don't need just because you can get it bulk.

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Hey everyone,

I agree with this post wholeheartedly. If you're going to pay more per unit or not even us it all by the expiration date, don't buy that item in bulk.

Want to hear one of my favorite tips on budgeting?
Go to Costco at lunchtime armed with a list and don't take a grocery cart.

Why Lunchtime? Free samples to fill you up so you're not as hungry and won't buy things based on being hungry.

Why a list? So you'll only buy what you've pre compared on costco's website you the flyers you've got in the mail.

Why no grocery cart? So you'll limit your purchases to what you can carry and put that darn crap you didn't write on your list back cause it's getting heavy.

Oh, and the peanut butter and tofu were the last things I saved money on buying them at Costco.

Have fun shopping, and don't forget all the free food at Costco.