The Big Box Store Shopping Guide

Find out what to buy when buying in bulk.

The Big Box Store Shopping Guide

Big box stores can often feel like an endless treasure trove of tempting goods. With so many money-saving items, it can be tricky figuring out which ones are worth buying and which ones you can pick up somewhere else. Luckily, investigative retail journalist Hitha Herzog has the inside scoop to help us navigate the aisles and take home the essentials. Read on to find out her top tips for being a shopping pro.

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Check Per-Unit Pricing

To determine if something is worth buying, always check the unit price first. It’s easy to think you’re getting a good deal when you see your favorite products in bulk, but the cost per use is the important factor to consider. For example, if a big box laundry detergent is $19.99 (225 fl oz) then the cost per load is $0.18 (2 fl oz load). Whereas if a store-bought detergent is $11.99 (100 fl oz) then the cost per load is $0.24 (2 fl oz load), making the big box option a better deal.

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