Purchasing items in bulk may seem appealing; get more for less! At least that’s how it’s supposed to be in theory. While reducing the cost per unit of a product is positive, oftentimes consumers do not calculate those costs correctly. Buying in bulk takes a little bit of planning to get the most value for your dollar. Here are some tips to get you started.

The three things shoppers should not purchase in bulk are:

  1. Perishable items (unless you have a plan to use all items before the expiration dates)
  2. Items that aren’t used on a frequent basis
  3. Items that take up more storage than is available

On the other hand, there are instances when buying in bulk can save hundreds of dollars over the course of the year. If any of the items below make sense for your lifestyle, fill up your Kaiku Card to keep within budget, and make the purchase online or at your bulk superstore of choice.

Toothpaste stores easily and having more on hand does not necessarily mean you’ll use more than normal.

Dishwasher detergent bought in bulk can be transferred into a smaller dispenser, thus allowing users to utilize it normally.

Dry rice can last for years and be used with soups, beans, fried rice, etc.

Dry pasta, similar to dry rice, can be stored for years and be used in meals ranging from pasta salads to baked dishes.

Oatmeal is a good investment to purchase in bulk due to its shelf life and health advantages. It can be prepared in dozens of ways – with fruit, nutella, cinnamon, honey, etc.

Laundry detergent is a good thing to buy in bulk, as long as individuals do not use more than average just because it’s there.

Diapers are a smart bulk item, especially when a child has just moved up a size. Parents can buy them in bulk and rest assured that the toddler will not outgrow them within a short period of time.

Toilet paper doesn’t go bad and is always necessary, making it the perfect bulk buy item.

Paper plates and plastic utensils are great for casual hangouts, summer barbequing, and parties.

Gift cards are often sold at less than face value at warehouse stores. Stocking up allows buyers to have a ready-to-go gift for any occasion.