Food Shopping: Should You Buy in Bulk?

To buy or not to buy in bulk

Whether it’s stocking up on 24-tin packs of baked beans at a cash-and-carry, or simply choosing the biggest bottle of oil at your local supermarket, buying in large quantities has disadvantages as well as benefits to consider:

Staleness

Even dry goods such as flour and breakfast cereals can go stale, so buy large quantities only if you’re sure you can use them up before the expiry date.

Storage space

Don’t buy in bulk unless you’ve plenty of storage space. Dry goods and tins need to be in a cool but dry place, or they may spoil.

Inferior quality

Don’t be tempted by cheap bulk packs of unknown brands: they may be poor quality goods that you end up throwing away. If possible, buy a single pack to try first.

Cash flow

Bulk buying ties up your money, so think carefully if you’re on a tight budget.

Wastage

Although it seems very cheap at first, a whole or half carcass of meat will contain some fatty or tougher pieces as well as leaner, more tender ones. If your family aren’t used to cuts such as belly of pork, beef shin and neck of lamb, buy one or two from a butcher and try them out before committing yourself. Also remember that there’ll be more waste from bone and fat than on ready-butchered cuts.

Trays of ripe fruit can be a wonderful bargain when there’s a glut, but they don’t last long. So make sure you’ve got the time to turn them into jams or preserves, or freeze them.

Not always cheaper

Don’t assume that you’re getting a better price because you’re buying more. Take a calculator to compare unit prices.

03. November 2013 by admin
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