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What items should you always buy in bulk?

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One of the easiest ways to save money on everyday items is by buying in bulk. Not only will you save money on the cost per item, but you save yourself time and energy by reducing the frequency of your shopping trips.

While big warehouse stores are great for buying large quantities, there are certain items it might not be beneficial to purchase a lot of. Shopping with the Mulberry browser extension can help protect your wallet if you mistakenly buy too much of something, offering a range of product protection plans that allow for easy returns.

What are the best items to buy in bulk?

You can’t just go buy anything that’s available in bulk and expect it to lead to savings. To help you plan efficiently, we’ve come up with a list of products you should always opt for in bulk.

Food storage containers

Every kitchen needs a solid collection of food storage containers. Whether you like to meal prep and store food in the freezer or just frequently find yourself with leftovers, food storage containers always come in handy one way or another. It makes sense to buy them in bulk when they’re available, especially since they are meant to last for a while.

Toilet paper

You can never have too much toilet paper. We all learned that during the pandemic, when supermarkets all over the world were running low on the most essential household paper goods. With that in mind, if you have the space, it’s always worth stocking up as much as you can.

Canned goods and non-perishable food

Canned goods are convenient, long-lasting, and versatile. When you buy them in bulk, you save money and always have a supply on hand. You can even wait for them to go on sale, and then grab a bunch of your favorite ones. It's important to double-check the dates on the cans, but typically they’re good to stay on your shelf for a long time, so there’s no pressure as to when you plan on using them.

Other non-perishable food items like pasta and rice are also great to buy in bulk. Not only are they affordable and shelf-stable, but they can be used to make a variety of dishes.

Batteries and light bulbs

You never think about how many batteries and light bulbs you have on hand until you run out. That’s why you’re better off buying these items in bulk. Look for deals on batteries and light bulbs at your local hardware store, or consider looking for them online.


If you want to save money, there are several items that you should start buying in bulk on a regular basis. Not only does it leave more room in your budget, but it can also drastically reduce your shopping trips. When shopping for bulk items, make sure you keep price in mind and compare with competing products.

If you really want to get the most out of your purchases, make sure you shop with the Mulberry browser extension. Not only will you earn rewards on eligible purchases, but you can get free product protection on your most important possessions!

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Kim Miller

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Kim Miller is the Head of Consumer Marketing at Mulberry. She is passionate about building products and brands that make consumers happy, save them money and make their lives easier. Have an innovative idea for Mulberry you'd like to share? Give her a shout! She'd love to chat about anything from fintech and UX to gardening and antiquing.

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