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How Ziploc Saves You Money When Buying in Bulk

While bigger is not always better, we often save money when buying items in bulk. When shopping at club stores like Costco or Sam’s Club, you need to pay attention to unit prices. Just because it’s a bulk item doesn’t mean it is cheaper.  Some of the things we frequently buy in bulk to save money are toilet paper, paper towels, granola bars, chicken breasts, and ground beef.

Have you noticed that big packs of chicken and beef tend to be cheaper?  Even at the regular grocery store, I notice a price drop when I look at the 3lb+ packs.  I suppose the theory is you are paying for the convenience of smaller portions as well as the additional packaging.  I used to find splitting meat up to be a pain, but it’s not so bad anymore.

20120410-203244.jpg Before I received Ziploc Perfect Portions bags, I used to turn Ziploc sandwich baggies inside out to act as a glove while dividing out bulk meat portions.  I love that now I can use the Perfect Portions bag like a glove and keep the portion in there!  This way I can store more chicken breasts inside ONE Ziploc freezer bag rather than only putting two in each.  They are hard to get apart once frozen which is why splitting them up is important.  I also like the new Ziploc Freezer Bags because I can hear it seal up better and know our meat wil be protected while in the deep freezer.

20120410-203251.jpg I also received their small containers that close up tight with a press in the middle of the lid.  These are great for packing snacks in the diaper bag.  I also like these for splitting up big snack bags into reasonable portions.  No need to buy 100 calorie packs when I can do it myself!  These also work great to make individual pudding cups when I make pudding at home.  Much cheaper than buying the snack packs!

What do you buy in bulk?

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  1. Alicia K April 11, 2012 Reply

    i love my ziplocs!

  2. Danielle April 11, 2012 Reply

    I received a sample of their perfect portions bags inside my gallon size bags that I just bought. I put it aside not knowing what it was and now I’m more eager to try it out! Definitely looks like a great product for my family.
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  3. melissa April 11, 2012 Reply

    We love Ziploc. They are great for all storage needs!
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  4. Susie My SoCal Life April 11, 2012 Reply

    I looove ziplock! what a great tip on using them on your hands! I don’t like touching all the meats!
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  5. LaVonne April 11, 2012 Reply

    I like to buy in bulk too. I also buy on Amazon in bulk. I like to buy grapes and put them in ziploc bags for individual portions. We also buy at Costco, and my Princess loves to have her melons cut up and put in individual bags. Not the most earth friendly but it helps her eat healthy, and she can open the fridge and get it her self.
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  6. Melissa April 12, 2012 Reply

    I buy all staples in bulk 3 times a year. I refuse to shop all the time. LOL
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  7. Jessie C. April 12, 2012 Reply

    We always buy chicken breast in bulk, Ziploc Perfect Portions bags would be perfect to use for them.

  8. christi baham willie April 12, 2012 Reply

    My meat is ALWAYS bought in LARGE amounts so this would be great!!!

  9. Linda Sanders April 12, 2012 Reply

    We buy meat in bulk and package it down.

  10. Megan April 12, 2012 Reply

    We have definitely been buying more meat in bulk when it is on sale and freezing these last few years – it makes it so convenient!meganr

  11. ASHLEY S April 12, 2012 Reply

    I have a way to seperate my food so it doesnt all have to be used at once.

  12. Lynde F April 13, 2012 Reply

    I always buy bulk fruit & veggies from our local Farmer’s Market in the Spring/Summer. Ziploc Bags really help me out allowing me to freeze them safely to last all winter long!

  13. Sara M. April 13, 2012 Reply

    I never pay for “convenience” foods or pre portioned products. I like to buy in bulk or buy family sized products then break it down myself. You save a ton of money! I can create my own “100 calorie snacks” or grab & go snacks.

  14. happi shopr April 13, 2012 Reply

    We buy meat in bulk and divide it down per meal for freezing.
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  15. Heather Bridson April 13, 2012 Reply

    I love the idea of the perfect portions, I so want to try them!

  16. Jo-Ann Brightman April 13, 2012 Reply

    Even before I had Ziploc bags I tried to buy in bulk and divide it up. Now it’s much easier and there is no freezer burnAnnJopb

  17. Rebecca Parsons April 15, 2012 Reply

    I have to buy bulk. With a family of 6 we have to save where we can and I love ziplock for saving money.desiredone72

  18. Gianna April 15, 2012 Reply

    Meats, flour, sugar, pasta, vegetables and fruit.

  19. Jill A. Collins April 15, 2012 Reply

    I am the queen of buying in bulk and freezing portions so that we can save on the grocery bill. Meat is especially good to portion out and freeze in the freezer bags, so I don’t end up with freezer burn.

  20. Seyma Shabbir April 17, 2012 Reply

    There are a few things we buy in bulk to save money. Detergent, is one of them. Thanks!

  21. Cindy B April 18, 2012 Reply

    I generally hate storing things in plastic but it really is the cheapest and most convenient option. And it is definitely used for storing bulk in our household, too.quantmlife

  22. Amanda Tempel April 21, 2012 Reply

    We’ve been buying Ziploc for years and years! Love them!Smile7891

  23. InezbyDesign May 23, 2012 Reply

    I love Ziplock bags. We use them for everything from snacks in my purse to freezing meat portions! My favourite are the Freezer Bags, they tend to be heavier and I can write on them the dates. I have even used these for applesauce!InezbyDesign

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