9 Things to Buy in Bulk to Save Money in 2023

Cassandra Smet
by Cassandra Smet

Grocery prices have been going, and a good way to combat that is to buy in bulk. Only having to buy certain things once or twice a year and having it on hand all the time has proven to be very convenient and just great for my mental sanity, and buying in bulk saves money, too.

At the beginning of 2023, I started prepping for my bulk storage: buying storage containers, organizing my pantry, and making sure I had enough space. The next step was to figure out exactly what to buy, so here are some things to buy in bulk to save money in 2023.

1. Toilet paper

We always end up running out, and I have to run to the store in the middle of the month. Therefore, I have come to accept that we are going through more toilet paper nowadays, so I just buy it in bulk once or twice a year and do not have to think about it any other time.

2. Paper towels

For a very long time, we did not buy paper towels, but as my family grew, they really became very handy: for example, when my kids are sick. I still do not clean with paper towels, but it is still something that we are going through pretty quickly, so it makes sense to buy them in bulk once a year.

3. Personal care products

With shampoo, conditioners, toothpaste, deodorants, and such, I like to run out to a supermarket, buy some stuff and not have to worry about it for three months. It also makes sense financially: all those little things are what make my weekly grocery spending skyrocket.

So if I can help mitigate that a little bit and have it be an expense only every six months or so, that would help a lot.

4. Vinegar

Moving on to grocery products, buying food in bulk is a great way to save money. I use vinegar in so many different ways in my household: for canning, cleaning, laundry, and more. I always try to buy it in bulk but never seem to think that I use it as much as I do, so I never buy enough.


5. Rice

This is something that I have been buying in bulk for the last year or so. It has been so much more convenient to just buy a 25-pound bag and have it on hand for several months to a year.

This way, it is not coming out of my monthly grocery budget, so it helps keep that monthly budget down and frees up extra cash flow for other things throughout the month.

6. Flour and sugar

Now that we are committed to the lifestyle of cooking from scratch at home, we go through a lot of flour and sugar: we make 75% of our own bread, cookies, muffins, and other treats. Therefore, I need to buy more of that in bulk this year.

7. Oats

We have been using so many oats. I want to be able to start making some of my own granola, as well as granola bars, so we are going to go through a lot of oats trying to perfect that and learn those skills.


8. Cheese

This might be a surprising one, but we are from Wisconsin, and part of the way we are is eating a lot of cheese and dairy in general. We go through tons of cheese. My grocery budget is $550, and I would not be surprised if within a month I spent $75 on cheese just for our normal eating.

Therefore, this is something I want to start buying in bulk. I plan to try to just get a couple of blocks of cheese, shred or slice it ourselves, and get it in the freezer. I believe this might help me get my cheese budget to go down.

9. Oils

Whether that be a vegetable oil, frying oil, or olive oil, start buying all those in bulk. I go through so much of it, especially when making my own bread and frying things. With baking in general, some recipes call for vegetable oil or other kinds of oils, so it is important to me to make sure that I have those on hand.

Overall, I just try to ensure that we have everything that we need in the house to be self-sustaining, to be able to make whatever we want and whenever we want.

Cooking oil

Next time I decide to make two loaves of bread, I will not have to run to the store and get a five-pound bag of flour or olive oil, I will just need to go down to my storage area and get whatever I need to get that is already down there.

Everything will be here and ready for us when we decide that we need it. This is why I believe in buying in bulk and recommend everyone to try it.

Things to buy in bulk to save money

I hope this list has been useful for you and will inspire you to try buying in bulk as well.

Which products do you buy in bulk? Which items do you always feel like you do not have enough of at home? Please share your thoughts on this topic in the comments. See you soon!

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  • SUSIE SUSIE on Aug 28, 2023

    I also buy toilet paper paper towels sugar flour and I also buy dry beans of different kinds too

    I buy cereal I large bags it last me for several months.

  • Donna Bayar Repsher Donna Bayar Repsher on Aug 28, 2023

    We buy paper products, canned foods and meat in bulk. But cheese goes moldy and freezing it changes both its taste and texture. Have you seen the price of a gallon of vinegar lately? Not to mention where to store several gallons of it. Oils go rancid--so stocking up wastes money rather than saves it. You'd be better off stocking up on butter and feezing it--something you can't do with oil.