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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Penny Pinching Tip #5: Buying in Bulk + Online Shopping

While reading a recent copy of the Food Network Magazine, I found an article about this online restaurant wholesaler. Now, some things come in quantities much too large for me, but almost everything on this site is significantly cheaper than you can find at any store (even places like Costco).

Penny Pinching Tip #5: For non-perishable and consumable items, shopping online can lead to amazing deals.

My recent purchases include:

Plastic deli containers: If you're like me and cook a lot, you go through food storage containers pretty quickly; they start to smell, crack or get stained and then they go in the garbage. I bought 50 deli containers and lids for about $12 total, which is about how much I spend on 1/5 that amount.

Foil pans: I cook a lot of Shabbat meals, so I go through foil pans pretty quickly too. If you buy them in bulk here, they are only about 20 cents a piece!

Other items that are super cheap if you buy them here: plastic cutlery, foil, mixing bowls and other kitchen implements, parchment paper, etc.

Even with shipping, it's well worth it to buy these types of items online (if you have room to store them), as you can get incredible deals, sales and so on. Buying online can also be good for specialty items like spices, gluten free flour, etc.



Blogger elanit said...

to connect this post with the one right after it, how about instead of buying foil pans, buy a few really good roasting pans and/or a small set of corningware? to look at it from a financial perspective, figure out how much you spend in bulk over the year on the pans and see what you can find on Amazon or Bed Bath and Beyond with the 20% off coupons for the real stuff; who knows, you may come out even at some point within a year or so. :)

November 23, 2009 at 6:57 PM  
Blogger Becca said...

re: foil pants - the dollar store is a GREAT place to get them. my grandma does that and it is soooooooo friendly on the purse.


ps. just found the blog & LOVE it!

November 25, 2009 at 2:51 PM  
Blogger David said...

I'm with Elanit: we stopped using foil pans a couple of years ago, and cooking has both gotten easier (!) tastier (!!) and more fun.

Easier because the quality of the pan (read: thickness) changes the way the food cooks and makes it more like recipes.

Tastier because there are some things that a foil pan just can't do right: e.g. a good turkey, pot roasts, etc...

Dishes can be a pain, but for me it's worth it to not use disposables...

November 29, 2009 at 3:06 PM  

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