Top 10 Things to Buy by the Case
Written by: Catalogs.com Editorial Staff
August 29, 2011
Filed Under Shop
Contributed by Info Guru Paul Seaburn
Warehouse outlets, discount stores, online retailers and large grocery stores make a good case for buying by the case.
The cost per individual item is cheaper and you’ll make less gas-guzzling trips to the store. But not all buys in bulk are bargains. The savings are especially sweeter if you order your bulk items online and have them delivered to your doorstep. No more schlepping boxes of bargains.
Here are my top ten things to buy by the case.
10. Toilet paper
We all need it, there are very few substitutes in an emergency and a huge package doesn’t weigh much. Get the biggest package of your favorite toilet tissue that you can fit in your car and your family will smile from cheek to cheek.
9. Light bulbs
With all of the light fixtures and lamps in an average house or apartment, the cost of bulbs can really ‘socket’ to your budget. Buying a case of the new energy-efficient light bulbs will save you money both now and later.
Outside of a few clean pairs of ‘date night’ specials, most of us wear the same brand of briefs every day. Buy a case of your favorite undies and it will silence that Mom voice in your head about wearing a clean pair.
Ladies, we know this piece of advice doesn’t apply to you. I doubt there’s a single woman out there who would be content with a case of identical undies. So noted.
7. Office supplies
Not everyone has pockets big enough to smuggle anything more than paper clips from the from the office supply cabinet, so printer paper, ink cartridges, folders, pens and other office supplies are good things to buy by the case. Turn in co-workers you catch snatching supplies and you could be on your way up the corporate ladder.
Regular brushing helps prevent cavities, but it also wears out even the best toothbrushes. Replacing them every two months is a small price to pay for a big smile. Buy a case and you’ll have extras for guests, traveling and scrubbing the grout in your bathroom.
5. Blank DVDs and CDs
Regularly backing up your digital photographs and downloaded music gives you peace of mind and something to gloat about when your friends lose their files to a computer virus. A tall stack of DVDs or CDs will last a long time with a few to spare when you can’t find a coaster.
4. Adult beverages
Beer by the case is an American tradition, but warehouse and discount stores are now selling quality wines that are a good buy by the case too. Just don’t expect them to have a sommelier to recommend which wine goes with your case of fried stuffed jalapenos.
If you have children between the ages of 1 and college, you can never have enough Cheerios, corn flakes and sugar-loaded breakfast candy disguised as cereal. Buy cases of the brands that your kids don’t get tired of or you’ll be mixing them with marshmallow cream and serving it at your next party as “healthy” granola snacks. Look for bulk trail mix, nuts and other snacks, too. Especially handy for the scout troop or dorm room.
To keep up your strength to carry home all those bargain cases, consider buying vitamins in bulk too. Watch the expiration dates and do some quick calculations to make sure your 500 capsules of fish oil don’t get fishy before their time.
For the cleanest bargain around, buy your laundry detergent by the case. It doesn’t go bad and those pennies you save per load add up fast when you have a big messy family.
If you have the space to store the extras, buying in bulk can save you big money over time. And that leaves more dollars for the fun stuff! How can you resist?