Buying things in bulk can save us some few extra bucks but it doesn’t mean we also have to buy unnecessary items for future use. And major examples of things which we usually purchase in bulk quantity are canned goods, laundry packs and toiletries, kitchen products and other food-related items. How much more if we find these items in a package and with a discounted price tag? Or is it really worth the discount?
Instead of saving, we might find ourselves spending more if we don’t know how to look at sale grocery packs on the aisle. Yes, it might be a sale with 5%-15% discounts on bulk products but have you ever thought of checking some few simple things on the package why they put this on big sale?
This article will help you find, what to look and consider before checking out that heavy grocery pack.
1. Expiration Dates
Always check the expiration dates of every canned goods, lotions, especially foods or any items included on the pack. Some grocery stores would have a major grocery giveaway when they know that the product is entering its expiration dates. Any shopper loves discounts, right? And of course, the tip of “Always buy things in bulk” will apply to these goods and customers will be drawn in buying the pack even though it’s not what they really need. So instead of saving for future use, you will find yourself using it ahead of time if you’re not very careful to check its expiration dates.
2. Included Items
Ask yourself first if the included items are necessary? Some packages include kitchen goods that you don’t really need plus other stuffs you cannot make use of. So why buy a package when there are items included that were not your intentions of buying in the first place? It will just sacrifice other items on your list for that one unnecessary product.
3. Check the Cost
Calculator might come in handy when you go grocery shopping. A smart shopper just doesn’t pick up a grocery package because it’s a dollar or two off or with 5%-10% discount. Maybe you can check first how much the total cost of all items if you will buy it per piece and how much the difference if you choose the package deal for you to know if you will save more on those pack. If you know you can save a dollar but there were items you don’t need and the price of it will cost you much more, then I suggest you go per piece.
4. Free Items
Don’t be tempted to rush buying their sale pack even if they put free items. You might be paying an amount on that too, it’s already included on their price tag. These are some of the techniques used by groceries to lure people on buying packages because of free items when in fact, it’s not free. The price is also included on the whole amount you are paying.
5. Do You Need All?
Having to buy grocery packages can sometimes double our expenses for groceries. Analyze what is needed in your household other than thinking of the discounted price tag. If not all, you can then substitute items per piece rather than sticking to their sale items. Always bring a shopping list with you whenever you go out shopping on groceries to avoid further impulse buying. And one tip, don’t shop when you’re hungry! You might be tempted to buy more other than what you really need.
A smart grocery shopper doesn’t jump right in front of a discounted sale aisle very quickly but also take to time check and consider all things before purchasing in order not to overspend or lose money on things that they won’t be able to use. We must be very practical on how we spend money.
We might think sale items could make us save but think and look first because sometimes a shopper do not know that it’s a technique groceries do to tempt you to purchase their product. And sometimes, when you get home, you’ll realize that you don’t really need such goods or items and you’ll be surprised how much money you did lose instead of saving.