Buying Food at Big Box Chains

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People become addicted to bulk shopping for food at “big box” retailers such as Costco and Sam’s Club for different reasons. Some consumers fall in love with the concept of shopping for groceries only once each month. Zeal for exceptional deals entices others to purchase food at this type of retailer. Perhaps, you want to shop more frequently at a local “big box” store in 2017. To ensure you don’t mistakenly over-buy and allow delicious, fresh food to spoil or spend excessively, consider adhering to the following tips.

Assess Your Needs

Before heading to your favorite “big box” retailer, asses your grocery needs. How much fish, pork, or chicken do you currently have in your refrigerator and freezer? How many boxes of whole grain cereal is stored in your pantry? After assessing your needs, make a detailed grocery list. Taking this step will help you minimize impulsive buying.

Pay Attention to the Cost per Unit

Purchasing bulk food items can save you money. However, this isn’t always the case. Before putting that large package of kale chips or walnuts into your shopping cart, check the cost per unit. A unit refers to a standard quantity such as:

  • An ounce
  • A liter
  • A pound

Compare the cost per unit on the foods at the “big box” store with prices at other retailers to ensure you’re getting the best deal.

Split Bulk Finds with Friends and Family Members

Make bulk food shopping a social event by inviting friends and family members along. Split healthy, fresh foods such as produce, meats, and dairy products with your loved ones. By doing so, you’ll be less likely to waste valuable perishables you can’t eat in time. Shopping for groceries at “big box” retailers can be a fun, rewarding experience. Regardless of whether you’re buying food at this type of store or a small, mom and pop grocer, study the nutrition labels on items before heading to the checkout counter.


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