Tips why you should not buy bulk
Just because it is on sale and you will save one pack of your bulk order does not mean it is healthy for you. Here are some reasons not to buy bulk.
1) Anything you buy bulk must have a long shelf life. They are packed with preservatives. Sodium is not healthy for you. It will increase your risk of high blood pressure, the salt will retain more water in your body, kidney disorders, and heart disease.
2) Processed meats like hotdogs, bologna, and bacon has a lot of fat in them. They will increase the buildup of plaque against your arteries. This will increase your chance of stroke, heart attack, and heart failure.
3) Cereal, cake mix, bread mix, jellos, are loaded with sugar. The can increase your chance of cavities, weight gain, diabetes, depression and high cholesterol.
4) Frozen pizza, chicken wings, and bagels will have a higher calorie content than buying the products fresh. They have additives for flavor like sugar, butter and syrup added.
5) Having your home stocked with all this processed food is bad for your health, depletes nutrients. You know it is in the house and you tend to eat more than if you did not buy in bulk.
Buy your food from fresh ingredients if possible. Fresh meat, and fresh fruit and vegetables are always more healthier than buying in bulk. Keep the bulk shopping for the non-eatable items.
06-28-2012 12:40 PM
These are great tips, but there are times when you come out way ahead of the game by purchasing bulk. I use my Costco card to purchase batteries, light bulbs, and razor blades in bulk and I save hundreds by not buying them at grocery/convenience/department stores. Bulk buying standard use items, that you go through quickly, is an excellent idea.
Yes, great tips ... But still love to buy in bulk. Not so much about the "large quantity" but about the "less packaging". Beside there are some very healthy food you can buy in bulk, you will have less to throw away or recycle on the packaging front ...
I agree that preserved foods bought in bulk are likely to be unhealthy, but you can make big savings by buying flour and grains in bulk. Cake and bread mixes will contain preservatives, but if you buy the flour to make your bread and cakes from scratch, there are significant savings to be made. Bran-based cereals are also good bulk buy. Not every food bulk buy is unhealthy - if you know a little about nutrition, you can make informed choices which will enable you to save money and stay healthy.
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Great tips, but I agree there are some things that are best to buy in bulks. I hardly buy frozen foods in bulks because my freezer is small. Come to think of it, I can't remember when I last bought items in bulks, perhaps it was a couple of months ago and they were mostly spices. Sugar, flour, salt, and grains are normally what I buy in bulks because they are a lot cheaper.
I normally don't buy in bulk when it comes to food. We're trying to be healthy so we are going for more veggies, which we buy from the farmer's market nearby. So we buy what we need for several days only. I do buy in bulk when it comes to bathroom needs, household cleaning products, tissue, and other supplies.
I don't buy perishables in bulk. Bulk buying is reserved for non-perishables like toiletries, toilet paper, stationery for my children and such things. I prefer my food fresh so I normally purchase veggies every other day. I don't keep them too long in the fridge.
I don't buy in bulk for the simple reason that my family never uses the products/items prior to its expiration date. I agree with ssamdc that most of the items sold in bulk are bad for you in one way or another. I try to keep things simple and buy things as I need them, use them up. I never buy anything that I don't expect to use within a week. I end up saving money in the long run in that I actually use what I buy.