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Attention Homemakers! Try Not To Buy These Food Items In Bulk!

The tendency to buy in bulk stems from the fact that most people are too lazy to shop for groceries on a daily or weekly basis. Especially when there is a sale going on, people tend to stock as many food products as they can so they do not end up paying the maximum retail prices for their favorite food products. Reality said, in quite a number of cases, refraining from buying certain food products in bulk is a better move. Here’s taking a look at how this holds true and for which items you should avoid.

Cooking Oils

A lot depends on the place of storage of these oils and the type. Generally, six months is considered an ideal time for storing oil in any cool and dark place. Thankfully, some types of oil, for example: corn oil or peanut oil can stay in perfect condition for almost a year if unopened, and for six months upon opening. Unless you really need to utilize your cooking oil within that period, buying in adequate quantity is highly recommended.

Brown Rice

In contrast to its white counterpart, brown rice is healthier. The problem arises when we know its longevity isn’t the same as white rice. But consumption wise, the choice is usually of the brown variety, for the white rice does not carry the same nutritional benefits. At most, you can store brown rice for one full year. If you wish to store brown rice even beyond that, you should assess your needs and buy this type of rice. You can extend its shelf life by keeping it in the refrigerator.


This might strike some as a surprise – us too! Contrary to the notion that condiments last for a fairly long time, it is actually six months to a year’s time that they can stay in top-notch condition. Think of items like ketchup, mustard sauce, mayo and most other supermarket foods that can actually go bad if bought in bulk. It’s much the same in cases of peanut butter, jellies, Nutella and the likes.


Avoiding fast foods and choosing to binge on nuts is often advised by experts, as they are known to offer great nutritional value. But just because it appears so, doesn’t mean that nuts can last a lifetime! Most shops offer must-grab deals on nuts, which from a practical point of view is not a wise way of getting lured into buying something in bulk. A couple of months at most is the expiry time of most nuts. Owing to its high-fat content, chances of rancidity is greater. Most seeds like sesame and flax also share the same story.


Spices cease to have the potency they are known for within a year’s time. Unless you have a business like an eatery or you are a part of a huge family, all of which involves significant cooking, buying spices in large amounts and hoarding on containers is not a great idea. With shelf lives spanning barely six months or so, it is a question if so much of every spice is required at all.

Nutritional Supplements

Healthy living seems to be the new fad these days. More than indulging in quality life, which involves exercising, meditation and such, becoming victims of nutritional supplements is largely observable these days. Most so-called health-conscious people often store a lot of multivitamins, protein shake mixes or even bottles of instant energy capsules. Medication and such items must be bought only after checking the expiry dates. In fact, that can also be misleading! In a bid to attract more customers who are a big fan of these products (this could be you as well!), companies extend the dates well beyond the actual expiration time.


Healthy stuff after all! For some early morning breakfasts are incomplete without cereals and oats. Aside from cereals, there are many more foods that have become breakfast staples for American families. However, with the harmful preservatives added in most cereals these days, it becomes necessary to gauge whether they must be consumed on a regular basis and definitely, cut down on the bulk purchase.

Keeping some foods stored while the rest is consumed is surely a great habit of proper food storage. But most can’t deny the fact that the urge to stock on foods is hard to resist, especially at the time of great deals and offers. The best way to come out from these is devising a proper plan and sticking to it, without feeling guilty about throwing away food just because it got spoiled or passed its expiration date only by a few days.

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