Buying in bulk saves money and the plant (usually). Why is it green? Larger sized packages require less wrapping material per ounce than smaller sizes. As for the savings, Wal-Mart (STOCK QUOTE: WMT) boasts on its Web site that the average family of four can pocket $2,000 a year by opting for bulk purchases instead of smaller sizes. That is, of course, assuming nothing goes to waste.
Here are our favorite bulk purchases.
For a limited time, you can find discounted gift cards at Costco (STOCK QUOTE: COST). For example, five $20 Starbucks (STOCK QUOTE: SBUX) cards, which normally cost $100, are $79.99 (a 20% savings). Two $25 Godiva Chocolate gift cards, a $50 value, are going for $39.99 (also 20% off).
Aside from changing brushes every three months, think of how many times an overnight guest forgets to bring a toothbrush, or when you go on a trip and leave your toothbrush at the hotel. A six-pack of Braun Oral B toothbrushes from Amazon.com (STOCK QUOTE: AMZN) sells for $13. Buying six of the same individual toothbrushes would cost close to $15.
You can never have enough stationary, thank you notes and holiday cards. Crane Paper, an upscale stationary chain, recently ran a sale on bulk purchases, where if you bought 75 pieces of select stationary you got 25 pieces free. Also, one blank thank you card from CVS starts at around 99 cents, versus an 8-pack of blank cards for $5.99, a $3 savings. Target (STOCK QUOTE: TGT) and Wal-Mart also offer creative stationary designs at low prices.
Burn all your favorite movies and home videos. A 50-pack of DVD-R’s costs $30 at Staples (STOCK QUOTE: SPLS) or $0.60 each, while a 5-pack costs $11 or $2.20 each.