This is an Other Side of the Fence article, in which I take the opposite viewpoint of a popular idea and/or debate a specific thought.
A while back Matt at Debt Free Adventure wrote a post about buying in bulk it was titled: Save Money by Buying Sale Items in Bulk. Now as I looked at the image of 10 bags of tortilla chips and 14 cans of sauce that he bought to save money, I couldn’t help but think to myself… I would eat that all in a weekend, especially if I had some coronas to go with it!
This got me to wondering: Does buying food in bulk save money?
I see where Matt is coming from and it probably works for a lot of people, but it wouldn’t work for me. Here’s why:
I don’t have anywhere to put it all – I live in a tiny apartment with a living room, small bedroom for myself, and a tiny kitchen. I don’t have a storage cellar for my gallon buckets of peanut butter and pickles.
I would eat it in a weekend – As I mentioned earlier I would eat it. I’m not sure about you, but I tend to eat around the house when I’m bored. If it’s out of sight it’s out of mind. Same goes for this concept. If you don’t have a bunch of food in the fridge you can’t eat it.
It would be an excuse for a party – C’mon if you have 14 bags of chips you need to invite people over and make a party out of it! I like my friends and all, but I don’t want to feed them all the time.
I’d have to use an evil grocery cart – Earlier I wrote a post about why using a grocery carts are evil. A bit extreme, yes, but if i bought in bulk, I’d most certainly have to use an evil cart.
Fresh foods can’t be purchased in bulk – I’m a bit of a food snob so buying fresh fruits, veggies, and meats really isn’t possible in bulk. Most of the foods bought in bulk are full of preservatives so they aren’t a good investment in your health, but are usually quick fix type foods.
So those are my reasons for not buying food in bulk. Obviously my situation is different than a lot of other people. I see where Matt is coming from and it probably works great for him, but for a person such as myself, bulk in the grocery store means more bulk in my belly and in the end doesn’t really save me any more money.
What do you think? Do you buy food in bulk at the grocery store?
Do you have enough self control that it doesn’t change your eating habits?