Considering wholesale shopping? Here are a few useful tips from guest contributor Julian Hooks.
Wholesale shopping is great if you have a big family, a small business or even if you just need access to many things. Since wholesalers are eliminating the middleman, wholesale shopping has become a reality for you and me. Here are a few handy tips:
1. Check out Prices
As with regular shopping, always compare prices of products from different wholesale shops before taking the plunge. You will end up getting fabulous deals if you look. More deals = more savings!
2. Store Location
If you need to endure a long drive just to buy products at a cheaper price, think again. Considering how much gas costs, you may not actually ending up saving a lot at all! If possible, look for a store that is in your locality.
3. Membership Fees
Some wholesale stores require you to be a member. Before filling up any membership forms and paying its corresponding fee, weigh things first. Consider if being a member will truly save you a significant amount. If it will not, then consider looking for another store where you can shop wholesale without becoming a member.
4. Local Grocery Stores
While wholesale stores may commonly be cheaper compared to your local grocery stores, never exclude them. There are promos and sales that run in local grocery stores from time to time, so keep an eye out.
5. Cost per Unit
When wholesale shopping, you need to be wise. Always check the cost of each product to ensure that you are actually making savings. There are times when what appears to be great savings is not really a saving at all.
6. Types of Products
The products that you need actually depend on the kind of household that you have. Start with basic necessities like soaps, shampoos, detergents, kitchen roll, toilet paper etc. These products are perfect to buy at a wholesale shop as they can be stored for a long time.
7. Expiration Dates
When buying products like toothpaste, mouthwash, canned goods, and biscuits, look for the expiration dates. Figure out how much you will actually end up using before they expire, and then buy. Plan, plan, plan!
There you have it! Wholesale shopping can be fun once you know that you are making ACTUAL SAVINGS. Happy shopping! Do you have any tips to share? Tell us below!