The Simply Luxurious Life®: Pair Up & Save on the Necessities  

May 5, 2011

Pair Up & Save on the Necessities

The grocery store items that are necessary to buy – paper towels, toilet paper, laundry detergent – those big bulk items that are mandatory, but if bought in small quantities each time they run out can really add to your household budget, can be an unnecessary drain on your hard earned money.

Why not pair up with someone who buys similar products such as your sister, a good friend, or in my case my mother, and hit the wholesale warehouses (Costco, Sam’s Club, etc) seasonally and split the cost?

Recently, I did just that, and we turned it into a girls’ weekend. For example, while I need olive oil (I use it at least 2-3 times a week), I don’t need two supersized bottles of it and don’t want to pay for two.  One will typically last two months for me. The idea is to hopefully purchase those items we need at a reduced price without wasting or overbuying.

Depending upon the size of your household you may need to go every two months, but for a small household, every four or six months may do.  Whatever you decide to do, the beauty is not only are you saving money, but you’re scheduling an opportunity to spend time with someone you enjoy being with.

More tips for a successful trip:

*Come with a list (don’t buy on impulse). The goal is to save money.

*Figure out ahead of time how you will pay at the register (does one pay in full, and the other pay back in cash immediately?) Less headaches and a strong friendship will continue if you plan ahead.

*Plan some place fun to go for lunch and/or dinner

*If where you shop is a few hours away, maybe make a reservation at a hotel you’ve always wanted to stay at and pamper yourselves.

Image: Musings In Femininity



At May 5, 2011 at 7:59 PM , Blogger Yelena Starikova said...

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At May 5, 2011 at 8:00 PM , Blogger Yelena Starikova said...

Great! Love this tips!! Costco can save a lot, but sometimes , because the sizes are giant it can go to waste. And the ideas that you share here~ just Great!!
Thank you Shannon!

At May 6, 2011 at 6:58 AM , Anonymous Mechelle said...

Another tip: Eat something delicious before you go shopping. (The 2 bagels in your pic look lovely!)

Great tips, Shannon. As always, keep up the great work.


At May 6, 2011 at 7:04 AM , Blogger The Simply Luxurious Life said...

Mechelle - Great idea - never go into these stores hungry. :)

At May 6, 2011 at 1:22 PM , Blogger Fashion Mom said...

thanks for the tips x

At May 10, 2011 at 10:18 AM , Blogger Sarah Klassen said...

This is genius and it was only more recently that my Mom decided to pair up with my Grandma for paper towel, swiffer cleaning pads and other such necessities.


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