I have a confession to make. I am a bulk buyer. There is very little else that makes me as happy as coming home with 40 rolls of toilet paper or 24 tins of chopped tomatoes. It’s a sad state of affairs when heading over to Costco to do my shopping makes me this happy. In my defense I know I am saving money by buying in bulk- it gets rid of the mindless spur of the moment shopping which is how a lot of us fritter away our money. Or is that just me? I am also saving time not having to run to the shops to pick up things for dinner- I know what I have in the freezer and I can pop into the green grocer on the way to pick up Squidge from school for any fresh veg I might need. Time saved is mega! I’d be out anyway to pick Squidge up and there’s no fighting traffic heading to the supermarket where I might end up w/ more in my trolley then I walked in for.
Today for example we headed to Costco to buy meat as we were running low. I picked up boneless skinless chicken thighs, chicken goujons, aberdeen angus mince and pork tenderloin. I now have enough meat for 30+ family meals and I’ve portioned out mini portions of mince and goujons for Squidge.
I use these mini portions to make really quick spaghetti bolognaise on nights when Squidge has after school activities. In the time it takes to boil the water for the pasta I can chop, season and cook the mince sauce. Start to finish I can have a home cooked meal for Squidge in under 15 minutes. The best bit is she loves it. Then factor in cost and all the goodness I put in there and I’m Mother of the Year! In all honesty I’m not out to be a super mom- I try to have healthy meals for all of us but I do have a (bulk) bag of chicken nuggets in the freezer which we replenish about once every couple of months. I am also very lucky that Squidge loves most foods so I can buy a (bulk) bag of frozen prawn and have a healthy veggie heavy meal for her in 5 minutes. When you work 2 jobs and your kid has loads of after school activities a meal of prawns, veg, pancetta and pesto pasta in 10 minutes is a win in anyone’s book!
I also have bulk buy fails- like the FIVE boxes of 500 count dishwasher tabs I have in my garage! I have A LOT of laundry tabs too. It’s always (for me) important to have a bit of a recon before heading to Costco and it’s a lesson learned after buying that 5th box of dishwasher tabs! I didn’t do that this morning and as I stood in front of the toilet paper and kitchen towels I couldn’t remember which I needed- I knew I needed one of them… so I chose the toilet paper. As you’ll have probably figured out I guessed wrong. I am now the proud owner of 72 rolls of toilet paper and only 3 rolls of kitchen towels.
Please tell me I’m not the only bulk buyer out there! Wal thinks I’m sick and it’s a fine line between bulk buying and ending up on Hoarders! What say you?? Do I need a bulk buying intervention?