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Items you shouldnt buy in bulk..

i just read this article and i thought maybe you guys would be interested - i know theres some bulk shoppers out there.. i didnt realize that brown rice can go bad that quickly - and i'll keep buying tp & paper towel in as big of packages i can carry/store, otherwise i think its a waste of money and shopping trips.

http://finance.yahoo.com/family-home/article/109193/best-stuff-not-to-buy-in-bulk

anyone have others to add to the list?

interesting article :).
I don't buy bath products in bulk, simply because I get bored of using the same things over and over.

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i didnt realize that brown rice can go bad that quickly - and i'll keep buying tp & paper towel in as big of packages i can carry/store, otherwise i think its a waste of money and shopping trips...

Me exactly

I usually buy canned beans and veggies in bulk/ lots of cans at a time when they're on sale, as well as pasta noodles and sauce

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Huh. That was interesting.
We actually have two really weirdly shaped cabinets in my kitchen...very narrow rectangles that couldn't possibly fit anything else, so we keep bulk toilet paper and paper towels in there.  I had no idea about the brown rice though!  Luckily my family goes through it very quickly.

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pancake syrup. we went to costco last august, and my boyfriend insisted on getting syrup (two huge ass bottles to a pack). We currently have 1.75 bottles left. I guess he was hoping it would cause me to make more pancakes...

Candy's also not a good idea even if you can resist eating loads of it. Even at regular room temp, candy goes soft and sticky after a while, especially if the package is opened.

I still get napkins/paper towels/toilet paper in bulk, it's not such a huge deal storing. At first it kind of takes up a lot of space, but soon enough there are fewer items and it's not an issue. I noticed for a lot of things, though (paper products included), you can often get them just as cheap at target/etc than at costco. I think most people just assume it's a deal if it's at costco. If you figure out price per oz/unit, a number of things are cheaper through regular grocery store sales anyway, like soda, cereal, and pasta sauce.

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I've never bought anything at costco. I don't know how people have room for massive quantities of things. Except for candy. I have plenty of room for candy. I bought 16 bags of gummi bears the other day.

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pancake syrup. we went to costco last august, and my boyfriend insisted on getting syrup (two huge ass bottles to a pack). We currently have 1.75 bottles left. I guess he was hoping it would cause me to make more pancakes...

Real maple syrup? If so, you can go ahead and send those my way...

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My mom just bought me 2 GALLONS of soy sauce. How on earth would any one person use that much soy sauce?

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my grandma is a great depression survivor...which means, she likes to buy everything in bulk..
she knows im a veggie so she likes to buy me bulk of pears, cuties oranges, veggie chips and oatmeal( shes adorable)..

but i can never finish the fruit, so its goes bad. not good to buy fruit in bulk. pointless

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pancake syrup. we went to costco last august, and my boyfriend insisted on getting syrup (two huge ass bottles to a pack). We currently have 1.75 bottles left. I guess he was hoping it would cause me to make more pancakes...

Real maple syrup? If so, you can go ahead and send those my way...

Nah, good old colored corn syrup. If it were real, then I would have no problem using it up!
I think costco has real maple, but it's not cheaper than anywhere else.

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my grandma is a great depression survivor...which means, she likes to buy everything in bulk..

;D

My grandma just about had a "happy pants moment" the first time we took her into a Sam's club.  My mom thought it was hilarious until we went home with 50 pounds of oatmeal, 50 pounds of cornmeal and 100 pounds of flour to stop Nonna from making a scene.  I refused to eat oatmeal for a LONG time after that.  I still have polenta issues.

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I find it amusing that if you click on the link for the related article on the best types of items to buy in bulk you will see many of the same oneslisted . I know one article addresses the practical issues of storage and stuff and the other is solely based on costs, but it still  makes me smirk. Personally, I'd rather have toilet paper falling out of the cabinets and get the better deal, but I'm cheap. :P

A lot of the product I buy because they're eco-friendly, fair trade, etc aren't available in bulk. Boo.

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My mom just bought me 2 GALLONS of soy sauce. How on earth would any one person use that much soy sauce?

Marinades!

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pancake syrup. we went to costco last august, and my boyfriend insisted on getting syrup (two huge ass bottles to a pack). We currently have 1.75 bottles left. I guess he was hoping it would cause me to make more pancakes...

Real maple syrup? If so, you can go ahead and send those my way...

Nah, good old colored corn syrup. If it were real, then I would have no problem using it up!
I think costco has real maple, but it's not cheaper than anywhere else.

Ah, we don't have a CostCo here. I went to one in California (yes, I visited my mom's friend in California, and she felt the need to take us to a damned grocery store, don't get me started). Don't you have to pay a membership, anyone? So, do you really save any money?

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Yeah, you pay per year... I think it's $50. A lot of people I know go with someone who has a membership, shops, and has them pay (the member has to pay), and then pays them back. But that itself can be very inconvenient...
Even though some products are cheaper in bulk, I'm not sure if they're still cheaper considering the membership fee. Maybe if you have a family or shop at costco for events/work/school.

eta: you can get two cards per membership fee, so you can split it with a friend. it's a waste to have another household member as the second member.

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printer ink. My dad got some great deal online for buying a bunch, but after a year or so, it can be dried out. He called the company to complain, and they told him it's only good for a year. I guess this would only be practical for a business that prints a lot of stuff out!

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