Frugal shoppers who live and shop on a budget will appreciate the savings potential that can be had from a case lot sale, whether that is at their local discount supermarket, commissary or elsewhere. Every penny that can be saved at a case lot sale can be applied to other important purchases, utilities or placed into savings. Whenever you go to a case lot sale, be armed with a list, a pen, pad of paper and a calculator.
Paper products such as toilet tissue, paper towels, boxes of tissues and napkins are a good purchase because these are products that you use on a daily basis. Another benefit of stockpiling paper products is that they are not perishable and can last for as long as you need them. But be sure that you are really getting a good deal by buying paper products in bulk. Check the aisles for the same or similar products and check the unit price and then compare with the case lot sale price. If the aisle price is cheaper, do not buy any paper products featured in the case lot sale. Remember that just because paper products are advertised as “cheaper” in a case lot sale, this is not necessarily true.
Canned goods are a staple in households and will last for many months without going off. Look out for cheap deals on case loads of fruits, vegetables and beans you would normally buy and compare the price of individual cans with the featured 6-pack or 12-pack. If a single can of tomatoes costs $0.55, but a 12-pack case costs $7.50, you have actually lost money ($0.90) by buying in bulk.
Meat is a popular item that is sold in bulk at case lot sales. If you want to stockpile your freezer full of meat, you will ideally require a deep chest freezer. Look for quality cuts of chicken, beef, turkey, pork and other meat that you enjoy rather than focusing exclusively on the price. A cheap cut of pork is not really a good deal if you end up wasting half of it after cutting away fat and skin.
Cleaning products are always required, so be sure to stockpile your utility/ laundry room full of laundry detergent, fabric softener, bleach, washing up liquid, dishwasher detergent and household cleaners when they are on sale. Keep a running total of how much you normally spend on cleaning products. If your figures are well below what the case lot sale prices are, put the product down and shop elsewhere.
Case lot sales are often a cheap way to shop if you want to stockpile your home with affordable buys. But not all goods on sale at case lot sales are as cheap as you might imagine. Check unit prices, other brands not advertisted up and down the aisles and most important of all, make sure that you buy goods that you regularly use or are willing to use. If you buy a cartload of shopping that you have not bought before, ask yourself whether you have really saved yourself money or if you just stocked up because it was “on sale”. Answering yes to the later means you have not saved any money at all.