• Dried beans and lentils are the perfect items to buy in bulk. They're one of the cheapest foods around already, but even more so when purchased in bulk. They're ideal for cooking in large batches, and can then be added to all kinds of meals for a cheap and healthy protein.

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  • Again, rice is cheap to buy, but buying in bulk can save you some more of those precious cents. Store it in an airtight container to help it stay fresh. If you do the same with your other bulk buys, your store cupboard will be well-organized in easy-to-stack tubs.

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  • If you're the kind of person who buys individual packets of microwave popcorn, you could be saving an immense amount of money by purchasing your popcorn kernels in bulk instead. At just $21 for a 21.5-pound bag, this bulk buy is well worth it. Just think how much that amount of popcorn would cost if you were to buy it individually wrapped.

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  • It's much cheaper to buy spices in bulk bags rather than in the tiny tubs you find at the supermarket. As long as you're the kind of cook who uses herbs and spices regularly, it's a great idea to buy in bulk. Whole spices (like cinnamon sticks or whole peppercorns) tend to last longer than ground spices, but both should last a few years with no problems.

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  • If you bake regularly, or often sprinkle sugar on your porridge or cereal, it might be worth buying extra large bags. Again, store it in an air-tight container, and it should last almost indefinitely.

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  • Do you have porridge every day for breakfast through the winter? Then you need to be buying your oats in bulk. It can work out significantly cheaper, especially if you usually buy flavored sachets of oatmeal. As long as it's stored correctly, one large bag could see you through at least a couple of winters.

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  • It's not just edible groceries that can be bought in bulk—toilet paper and paper towels are cheaper bought in bulk too. If you need to, store the excess in the attic or garage (well-wrapped, of course) to save space in your bathroom.

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