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Save Money on Food by Stocking Up

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I, as well as everyone I know, is always on the lookout for ways to save on food and groceries. I learned that stocking up on food is a great way to save on my grocery bill. And not only is it a great way to save, but it’s also a great way to save without sacrificing on quality. When you stock on food, you won’t have to buy cheap or sub-par food! I’ve been stocking up on food for a while now, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking to shave dollars from the monthly food budget.

Below are a few tips on how to save money on food by stocking up!

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Buying in Bulk

To stock up on food, you will, of course, need lots of food. And that’s why stocking food involves buying in bulk. When you buy food in bulk, it’s always cheaper, and it’s the most convenient way for stocking up on food. Once you’ve stocked up on food, you can relax and focus on other, more pressing things, like your academic load and other money-making methods. Buying food and groceries in bulk will be one of the best ways to stock up on food. And this amounts to great savings. With that said, let’s discuss buying food in bulk further.

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The Advantages of Buying in Bulk

I already mentioned that buying in bulk is a great way to ensure that you’re always stocked up on food. Here are a few more reasons why buying in bulk is totally awesome.

It’s Cheaper in the Long Run

When you buy in bulk, the price of each item in the batch will come out cheaper than if you had bought each item individually. And that’s one of the biggest advantages of buying in bulk, in addition to a great way for stocking up on food. It’s always cheaper this way.

It’s More Convenient

I hate running out of condiments, food, or groceries, and having to run out while I’m in the middle of reviewing for a big exam. When I buy groceries and food in bulk, I get to keep a pretty good stock of food. And that also means I rarely run out of food before the next grocery day. And it’s more convenient than having to buy food all the time.

It Feels More “Grown-Up”

I dunno, this is a silly item, but I feel more grown-up when I have ample food stocks. I feel more responsible knowing that I have enough food and supplies for most contingencies — whether it’s getting stormed-in, or having to entertain friends unexpectedly.

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The Challenges of Buying in Bulk

Of course, buying food and groceries in bulk comes with a few challenges. These challenges might be tough for college students with limited funds and space to face, but don’t worry too much about it. I’m a college student, and I was able to overcome these challenges. If I can do it, so can you.

Bulk Costs More Initially

Food costs less per item when you buy in bulk, but you will have to make a larger financial outlay initially. And that’s why some people buy piecemeal, even if it ends up being expensive in the long run. Not everyone will have the funds to buy in bulk all the time. But if you can afford it, you should definitely buy bulk as often as possible!

You’ll Need More Space

Buying in bulk is, well, bulky (who would’ve thought, right?). If you decide to buy in bulk, you’ll need to allocate space for your food and groceries. And even if you don’t buy in bulk, stocking food takes up space. I personally had to get a new set of shelves for storing my food. And it wasn’t just food – I had to get a larger freezer, too. More on that in the next item.

You’ll Need a Larger Freezer

This is kind of different from the previous item, because having to get a bigger freezer will cost more money in terms of the cost of the freezer, and the higher cost of electricity. But in the long run, you could actually end up saving money, since a bigger freezer will allow you to buy food, and this also means less spoilage. But I can understand if this isn’t something you would like to try – basically, getting a freezer means you’re totally committed to stocking food!

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You Have to Know the Shelf-Life of your Food

Of course, food doesn’t stay fresh forever. If you stock up on food, you’ll have to be a bit more vigilant and make sure your food doesn’t go bad before you can consume it. There are lots of resources online that will tell you how long certain food will stay fresh (either with or without refrigeration).

Take this article on the government’s food safety website, for example. The article has info on how long certain foods stay fresh. Since I mentioned getting a larger freezer, here is a list from the article that shows how long certain foods will keep while frozen:

Fresh Beef, Veal, Lamb & Pork

Steaks – 6 to 12 months
Chops – 4 to 6 months
Roasts – 4 to 12 months

Hamburger & Other Ground Meats

Hamburger, ground beef, turkey, veal, pork, lamb, & mixtures of them – 3 to 4 months

Fresh Poultry

Chicken or turkey, whole – 1 year
Chicken or turkey, pieces – 9 months

Bacon & Sausage

Bacon – 1 month
Sausage, raw — from chicken, turkey, pork, beef – 1 to 2 months
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Foods That You Can Stock Up On

In addition to the foods listed above, here are a few more items you can stock up on:

Canned Goods

In addition to frozen meats, canned goods are, by far, the easiest foods to stock. And they keep for a very long time, too.

Preserves

Preserves are a no-brainer. These things will probably last longer than we would (no they won’t).

Powdered Drinks

Powdered drinks are super convenient, and don’t take up space in your fridge.

Instant Noodles

I don’t recommend eating too much instant noodles, but these make for great emergency food. They’re ideal for stocking up, since they keep really long.

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