I remember it like it was yesterday. The sun was shining, birds were chirping, excitement was in the air. With my membership card in hand, I proudly marched through the doors of the massive warehouse club. Then, I stopped dead in my tracks. There was just so. much. stuff. How on earth was I supposed to decide what I should buy in bulk? Were the prices really that good? Or could I get some items at my local grocery store for less?
I ended up making two huge newbie mistakes that day.
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The first newbie mistake I made on that fateful day, was that I bought way too much stuff. I stocked up on mayonnaise, pickles, cheese, grapes, toilet paper and tons more. I (over) filled two carts. You should have seen me trying to cram my bounty into my car! I’m sure people were walking by saying, “Yep, she’s a warehouse club newbie!”
As if the embarrassment in the parking lot wasn’t bad enough, upon arriving home, I realized I didn’t have anywhere to put all of those awesome deals I had scored. We ended up using a huge package of paper towels as an end table in our living room for months afterward.
To add insult to injury, much of the food I purchased in bulk ended up going bad before my small family of two adults and a toddler could eat it!
Let’s just say, I was more than a little surprised when the cashier announced my total. I thought I was supposed to be saving money and here she was telling me I needed to fork over enough cash (at the time anyway) for a week-long vacation at Disney World. I was shocked!
So, I did what any newbie warehouse club shopper would do. I pulled out my credit card and closed my eyes. What, did you think I would actually choose to put stuff back?
Oh goodie, now I had the pleasure of paying 12% interest on a mega-sized jar of mayonnaise. Which, I didn’t need to begin with!
Trust me, I have learned my lesson since that memorable day I ignorantly strolled into Sam’s Club. As a result, here are 10 items I buy in bulk whenever I can.
You may have noticed some things are missing from my top ten items I like to buy in bulk. The following items are simply not worth the trouble for one reason or another.