6 Times Cheaper Foods Win Out Over Pricier Options

January 22, 2015 3:58 PM

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6 Times Cheaper Foods Win Out Over Pricier Options

Just as some super organized people begin their holiday shopping while still in T-shirts, smart shoppers get a head start on supplies for the cookies they'll be baking come December. Butter can be pricey (and many cookie recipes require at least a stick), but Collin Morgan, blogger at the coupon and savings site Hip2Save.com, says it's deeply discounted when you buy large quantities at warehouse clubs. You can get 4 pounds of unsalted butter at Costco for $10.49, which comes out to $2.62 a pound, while a supermarket charges about $4.99 for a pound. The same goes for nuts, most of which can last in the freezer for one to two years. A 2-pound bag of walnuts is about $12 at Sam's Club, or $.38 per ounce, while at a supermarket you'll pay closer to $.90 per ounce. Bonus: Both nuts and butter are perishable, but freeze wonderfully, so you can buy now and bake later. The one baking item you don't want to buy in bulk, however, is a spice, such as cinnamon or nutmeg. Unless you're going in with a friend and splitting that 10-ounce jar, it'll probably lose its flavor before you finish using it.

Morgan, who checks the prices at Costco about once a month (soon, everyone will be able to do this online), says deodorant and other personal-care items can actually be more expensive when you buy them in bulk. You're much better off at the grocery store or drugstore, since these retailers often dis...

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