.. and they tend to be the things we use a lot or have a need to use and they seem to have a hell of a mark up on them.
For many years I used to go to Iceland in Peterborough and buy the catering packs of baking ingredients when they used to sell them. I baked regularly and it worked out far cheaper this way. Latterly it was Bookers but I am going to investigate again buying ingredients by bulk in this way.
Take soap powder for instance. My preferred soap powder of choice is Persil but I cannot afford the prices charged by the supermarkets nor the price charged for fabric conditioner. Where there's a will there is a way though and I have decamped from the supermarket to the Cash N Carry. I use Hyperama in Peterborough. I buy my Persil when it is on offer but for the best part check which soap powder is on offer and the best deal that particular month and buy accordingly. I have more allegiance to my pocket rather than to a specific brands although as I have mentioned I particularly like the Persil.
Take yesterday for instance. I needed to stock up on Loo roll, soap powder, fabric conditioner. The soap powder purchased yesterday was the Surf Lavender which was £10 for a large 90 wash box x 2. Fabric conditioner I buy by the canister that was £3.99 x 2 sometimes it is the concentrate only regular this month but still as effective. The Loo roll is the Nikki brand (which you could get from Farm Foods and this is where I first came across the brand but this is a large pack of 32 rolls for £6.99. This is a lovely thicker white tissue that is scented.) Yes there is VAT to go on but it still works out cheaper than buying from the supermarkets. All you need is somewhere to store items by bulk. This will last me a good six weeks if not more and works out a lot cheaper in the long run. Keeping clean is important to me and buying by bulk means that I do not have to fret that I have enough of this or that. Some Cash N Carry stores require that you spend a minimum amount each month. Hyperama did not do so to start with and then it was changed to £30 a month spend but it has reverted to no minimum again. You can join on the door.
We are picky about what we buy and it depends on what offers are available. You have to be sensible you cannot have everything. However there are some very good deals on meat. Their mince packs are particularly good quality and about £3 a large tray; chicken breast trays are good value for money very large breast fillets bigger than you get in the supermarket for a big tray with a minimum of at least 20 breasts in often far more for under £20; as are the larger joint buys.
I also tend to look for bottled sauces in bulk here as well. Yesterday we found Uncle Bens Sweet n sour sauce for 6 at £8.99 for the tray of six. Recently stores have been charging about £1.75 for a single jar upwards unless there is a specific offer on. You do however have to be calculating when you go to the Cash n Carry as not everything always works out cheaper. However I do use them for vinegar for my pickles and buy by the cannisters yet again.
I really could buy so much more if I had a bigger pantry/store room. That will happen eventually though.
However for the basics it does work out cheaper in the longer run. Many restauranteurs and indeed Polish and Latvians buy in this way as it works out that little bit cheaper and when all said and done it is the pennies that build the pounds and what we save in one place gives us funds to spend on something else. Half the battle is working out what you need as your basics (each household is different). A for instance is OHs deodorant we buy a case of 6 Lynx deodorants which ends up lasting him a fair while usually when they are on offer and we pay less in the long run than you would in the supermarket. You do have to check on an item by item basis though.
This is just what I do to help eke out the pennies that little bit more each month and it works for us.
Catch you soon.