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iVillage: 10 Tips for Buying Food in Bulk

Have a Strategic Plan of Attack

Thinking strategically when bulk shopping can help keep you from being overwhelmed (or driving home with your rear bumper loaded down to the ground). Start with the calendar. Try not to hit up the warehouse stores around the 1st or 15th of the month, since that’s when most people get paid—you can expect some serious aisle-navigation challenges and epic checkout waits. Then, think safety in numbers. “Buddy shop with a friend or neighbor and buy multipacks that you can divide up—versus just larger-size packages,” recommends Lempert. “And never use one of their flatbed carts—even 100 rolls of toilet paper look small on that.” When you’re in possession of a normal-size cart, get your heavier items first to make your stacking a lot more stable. Start by putting the massive flat of soda on the bottom, and work your way up to the bread and lettuce on the top.

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