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Wholesale Grocery Stores For Money Savings

By Lena / October 30, 2011

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Wholesale Grocery Stores Mean Big Savings

At a time when economies all over the world are under strain, many of us are searching everywhere for ways to free up some money in our budget and this includes wholesale grocery stores. Sometimes this causes us to scrounge for savings in the areas that are most resistant to it, while overlooking some of the easiest ways to save. Many of us, for example, obsessively rush around the house shutting off all the lights to save pennies on an electric bill, while overlooking opportunities to save large amounts of money on household necessities like groceries.

Wholesale Grocery Stores – Some Background

The wholesale grocery stores industry has sprouted up to address this oversight specifically. Wholesale grocers (which often nowadays sell more than just standard grocery items) purchase items directly from manufacturers, but unlike your typical retail store, they then offer them to consumers at a much lower rate. They can afford to do this by one of a number of different methods. They may sell items in larger amounts (bulk), obtain them at a discount from the manufacturer (e.g. overstocked items like at Overstock), or sell memberships to their store in order to make up for some of their loss (e.g. Sam’s Club). No matter how the store accomplishes it, the savings are passed on to you, the consumer.

The savings from the wholesale grocery stores can be huge. In a large wholesale grocery order, it is not unheard of to save amounts well in the multiple tens of dollars. As an example, say you are buying red peppers. You can sometimes find these for $1.00 at a wholesale grocer, whereas they may be $2.99 at a regular grocery store. If you buy three peppers, you save close to $6.00 on that item alone. Spread out across a big grocery order, the savings can become surprisingly large. Of course, one must consider any additional costs. In the case of some wholesale grocery chains, this may mean a yearly membership. This is usually less than $50 for a year, however, so averaged across the number of grocery trips over that time it tends to be fairly minimal.

Wholesale grocers have grown drastically in popularity over the past 30 years, and it’s now uncommon for an area to not be in proximity to at least one. There are a number of chain wholesale stores, like Sam’s Club, Costco, BJ’s Wholesale, Makro, and Mas Club. Mas Club is a warehouse grocer focused specifically on the Hispanic population.

One limitation to wholesale groceries is that items often must be purchased in bulk. If purchasing items that you are doubtlessly going to use, this may not present a problem. For example, toilet paper won’t go to waste! But it can be a problem regardless if you don’t have enough free income to allow you to make a bulk purchase. Someone living paycheck to paycheck may struggle to buy goods for just that week, and even with a discount their budget may not make buying in bulk feasible. If this is the case, then searching for bargains at standard grocery stores may be a course to follow until one can free up enough money to begin buying wholesale. But once that money is saved, a rule of thumb might be: save money on groceries-check out the “wholesale” stores.

Wholesale Grocery Stores – Video

Save on food: buy in bulk
The price of food these days is enough to ruin your appetite. But don´t put down that fork just yet, bankrate.com has some tips that will help you save some serious green at the grocery. One of the tips is about using wholesale grocery stores to buy in bulk.

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