Sunday, February 22, 2015

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Buying In Bulk | What To Buy & Not To Buy

Recently I posted a video over on my Youtube Channel where I shared some of my tips and tricks for buying in bulk. I talked a little bit about how it is easy to assume that when you buy in bulk you are always receiving the best deal and saving money. However, this isn't always the case. I thought I would share some of my favorite items to buy in bulk and things that save my family money as well as those items I avoid buying or find to be more expensive than my regular grocery store. 

What I Buy

-Toilet Paper
Although not always the BEST price, the pricing is often similar to my regular grocery store, buying toilet paper in bulk saves time more than money. For our family of 2 buying the 45 pack lasts us MONTHS. This way we always have it on hand and I never have to worry about running out.

-Cat Food
By far the BEST deal on cat food I have come across. I buy the Purina indoor cat formula that comes in a 25lb bag for $17.88. This equals out to 72 cents a pound. With 2 cats this bag lasts us about 2.5 months, so only $8.94 a month. I compared prices with Walmart and their 6.3lb bags are $7.88 or $1.26lb. Which means I would need to buy 4 of the small bags at $31.52 to match the bag I buy at Sams Club. That is a HUGE difference in price and a savings of almost $14.
-Oats
I love buying oats in bulk. Not only do we use them as a breakfast option in the morning but I bake a lot with them. Being gluten free, using oats as a replacement for flour based baked goods saves a lot of money and allows me to bake more often. You can buy 10lbs of oats (two 5lb bags) at Sams Club for only $8.48 or 85cents a lb.
-Tampons
As females, we unfortunately got the raw end of the deal and not only have to suffer with having cramps and mood swings each month but we have to literally pay for it as well. Feminine products can get pricey, especially if you are brand loyal like I am. I don't buy generic feminine products, made that mistake once, never again! Who thought it was a good idea to make cardboard applicators? That has to be a cruel joke right lol Tampons are a great thing to buy in bulk. I can buy an 80ct of Playtex Sport for $11.98 at Sams Club while a small 16ct box generally goes for $4 at my grocery store. I would need to buy 4 of the 16ct boxes at $20 to reach the same amount I can buy in bulk. That is a $7 difference!
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The next few items are ones that I don't buy all the time but are pretty good deals. I have had pretty good luck in buying dish tabs for my dishwasher at Sams Club...although if you are a couponer or shop sales, you can sometimes find them cheaper at your regular store. Meat is another thing that I go through phases with. Sometimes Sams Club has great deals on meat and buying in bulk can save money and save how many trips to the store you need to make but you need to be careful. Always check your local grocery store flyers first as certain meats go on sale each week and you may find a better price at your regular store opposed to Sams. If this is the case just stock up at the regular store.  Another item I do love to buy at Sams is chips...I am talking mainly about their 2 for $5 deal. These are HUGE bags and last quite awhile in our family.

What I Avoid Buying

It really all comes down to knowing your prices and personally I have found I can get better deals on the following items at Aldi.

I will not buy the following: peanut butter, tuna, garbage bags, ziploc bags, paper towels, and produce. These are the main items that after comparing prices I have found to be way more expensive at Sams Club than Aldi.

Peanut butter is dirt cheap at Aldi $1.99 for their large container. Although Sams Club sells a twin pack of peanut butter, it is pricier to go this route. It is cheaper for me to buy 4 of the large tubs of peanut butter at Aldi than to buy the twin pack at Sams. 

Tuna is another item that is pricier at Sams than Aldi. Aldi sells their tuna cans for 69cents each. It is a better price for me to buy multiple individual cans than to buy them in bulk. 

Garbage bags and Ziploc bags are another thing that is very cheap at Aldi. Ziploc bags are under $2 and garbage bags are $4.99 for a huge box. One box usually lasts me 2 months. 

Paper towels are one of the worst things to buy at Sams Club that I have found. I can buy a 2 pack of paper towels from Aldi for $1.29, approx 65cents a roll. Even when buying the Members Mark brand of paper towels you get 15 rolls for $16.48 at Sams Club. That is a little over $1 a roll. Crazy difference! 

The last thing that I will never buy from Sams Club is produce. Produce is one of the most expensive things I have found to buy in bulk. A 10lb bag of potatoes cost $1.99 at Aldi while Sams Club sells it for almost $4. That is a $2 difference! I have found the same to be said for all of their fruits and veggies. Bags of lemons are $4, berries are $5, spinach is $5 and so on. I can find all the same items at Aldi for a fraction of the cost.

Overall I think you can find some great deals when buying in bulk but like I mentioned over on my channel, it pays to know your prices. Buying in bulk can either save you a lot of money or end up costing you. I would love to know what items you thought were cheaper to buy in bulk and found out that they actually were costing you more? Have you ever had this happen to you? If so I would love for you to share your story. 

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Save Your Change Challenge


For those of you interested in joining in on my coin challenge feel free to use the printable I made below. Just right click it, save to your computer and print! Good luck in this challenge and I am looking forward to seeing how much money we all can save throughout 2015. 


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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Walmart $5 Beauty Box | Winter Edition

Awhile back I mentioned that I signed up for the Walmart beauty box, which is a $5 beauty box supscription service that you receive 4 times throughout the year (Summer, Fall, Winter & Spring). About a month or so ago I received my Winter edition and I thought I would share what I received in this box. So lets take a look at what I received! 

Here is an overview of what came in my box!




The first item that I received in my box were two hair products by L'OREAL
Oleo Therapy | Oil Infused Shampoo & Conditioner | 2.0oz
You can find more about this collection HERE

The next item I received was by JERGENS.
BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream | All Light Skin Tones | 1oz
You can find more about this product HERE
The next product was a gorgeous lipstick by MAYBELLINE
Color Sensational | 925 | Maple Kiss
You can check out this product HERE

The last item in my box is by OLAY and one that I am quite familiar with.
Fresh Effects | Everything Off | Deluxe Makeup Removal Cloths
Find more about these cloths HERE

I also received a couple samples and coupons in my box. There was a powder sample by Maybelline with a $1 off coupon as well as a Nivea cocoa butter lotion sample and another coupon for $1 off. 

Overall not a bad box and a pretty good variety for only $5. If you are interested in learning more about this subscription service and signing up, CLICK HERE.

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Erin Condren Holiday Card Collection | Giveaway

I was recently contacted by the wonderful team over at ErinCondren.Com and was kindly offered the chance to review their beautiful Holiday card collection. If that wasn't generous enough, they also sent me a gift card to use on their site to order my very own Holiday cards. Needless to say I already placed my order and can not wait to receive them! 

To make things even more awesome, they are offering up a $200 gift card for one lucky viewer.

 Be sure to check out their awesome Holiday card collection  HERE
To learn more about the Holiday cards in detail, check out my video below!

Giveaway is open internationally. Giveaway will run for 4 days and the winner will be announced shortly after. a Rafflecopter giveaway
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Monday, October 27, 2014

Fall In West Virginia

This past weekend my husband and I decided to take a hike. Hiking is amazing during the Fall. The trees are bursting with color and the ground is covered in beautiful,vibrant, & crunchy leaves.
I love the sound of leaves crunching under my shoes! Nothing is better than that sound during Fall. 
We hiked in one of our favorite areas, the Cheat Canyon. Here, we visited the Coopers Rock Overlook and made our way into the woods on the Raven Rock Trail. 
 
The hike isn't far and is pretty easy with the exception of one steep trail at the very end. On this trail you are surrounded by trees and falling leaves and it was truly beautiful.
 
We decided to take advantage of the beautiful weather and take some photos of the two of us. I love Fall photos. Nothing adds a beautiful backdrop for your photos like Fall does!
We had so much fun this past weekend and the weather was beautiful. I am so happy we were able to take some awesome photos together!!!
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