Do You Buy in “Bulk”?

You know who you are. You are the one who leaves the store with a buggy overflowing with paper towel rolls and 2-liters of soft drinks. You are the reason the sale paper reads “Limit 10″.

Congratulations! You are the one who has managed to consolidate the majority of the month’s shopping into one trip, saving you time AND money! But what happens when you return home with all of your purchases? Where do you put everything? How do you store it all without turning your home into a mini-market look-a-like?

For the bulk shopper as well as the bulk shopper wannabe, these tips are for you:

Before you start your shopping, be sure you have a list of everything you need. It’s a good idea to plan many menus in advance so you’re not stuck in the middle of cooking dinner when you realize you’ve forgotten a couple of ingredients.

Regularly check circulars and weekly ads for specials. Be sure you have your loyalty cards with you.

Shopping bags can be kept stationary in the car with the help of trunk organizers.

If you have several stops to make, keep a cooler in the trunk with some freezer packs to keep cold or frozen items from getting too warm.

Your shopping trips can be make easier with the use of grocery bag holders. Carry multiple grocery bags in one trip without any discomfort.

Heavy-duty metal shelving, similar to those used in restaurants for stock, can be used in your garage to store excess supplies.

You can minimize the amount of toilet paper that has to be stored in your garage by having a toilet paper reserve in each of your bathrooms. These units can store several rolls of toilet paper in a corner of your bathroom. They greatly reduce the chance that you’ll be the one caught with no toilet paper when you need it.

Potato chip bags and other snack bags can be kept in a plastic storage tote to reduce the chances of the bags getting crushed.

Store 5lb bags of flour and sugar in plastic containers sized especially for the retail packaging. If you buy the larger, commercial sized bags of these staple items, store them in their original bags in large airtight containers or divide them among smaller, stackable airtight containers.

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