Spices and 9 Other Things You Should Never Buy in Bulk — and 10 You Should

Buying in bulk can be tempting, but will you really use all of that cooking oil before it goes bad?

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Buying in bulk can be so tempting, even if there are only a few people in your family. When you do the math, it seems so much cheaper to buy that enormous vat of ketchup over a single bottle, or to pick up 18 rolls of bathroom tissue instead of four.

Bulk buying can be a complicated equation. Will you really use all of that ketchup? Do you have a place to store that pallet of toilet paper? Balancing need, space considerations, food preferences and product expiration dates, all while standing there in the freezer aisle of a warehouse store, can leave you confused. If you want to capture the savings, but avoid the problems that come with miscalculating, consider this list of 10 items that are ideal to buy in bulk — and 10 that aren’t, starting with those that are worst.

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