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Thrifty Tips for May

My bulk-buying stash
My bulk-buying stash

I get a real kick out of being thrifty, and it felt good to know that others have been enjoying my posts centred around saving money. If you’ve missed them, they can be found here.

I’ve decided to write a regular post, and will be sharing my tips with you each month. Sometimes I’ll talk about brands, or products, sometimes my home made recipes and others the things I do to save cash here and there. I won’t be trying to reinvent the wheel, just passing on information. Hope you enjoy!

My biggest piece of thrifty advice is to buy food in bulk! Here’s what I do…

– order dried goods, tins, jars, coffee, etc through the ethical wholesaler Suma. To obtain free delivery you need to spend £250, so if you don’t have that kind storage space I suggest teaming up with neighbours, family or friends to form a collective

– I also use Birmingham based Natural Choice, who specialise in nuts and dried fruit. You only need to spend £50 for free delivery with these guys

– I found a wonderful from-source supplier of olive oil over in Spain, and now buy directly from them. The quality is unbeatable, it’s good value and only £6.35 delivery

– we buy whole animals (lambs and pigs) from our local farm shop, which works out really good value. They do all the butchering for us, and the meat goes straight into the freezer

– I also use Turner & George for meat deliveries. This is more expensive than buying a whole animal, but it’s still much cheaper than the supermarket. If you’re within the M25 you will get free delivery on orders over £40

Amazon Grocery have a wonderful range of foodstuffs on offer, and is often very economical

– Good old eBay! You would be surprised what you can find on there these days

So there you have it, my thrifty tip this month is: buy food in bulk!


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  3. That’s really interesting Denise, I think the cost of organic food can often put people off if it’s a brand new concept to them. I agree that with a bit of organisation it can bring it down to an affordable-for-all level. Farmers Markets are a good starting place for someone who up until that point is exclusively shopping in supermarkets 🙂

  4. Just come across this (catching up) and I love the fact that you aren’t put off buying healthy, organic produce by the cost.  It’s quite inspiring.  I’ve been to an environmental event where someone with an issue was banging on about the extra cost of being green and healthy that it was only “affordable” to certain classes, but you’ve shown that you don’t necessarily need more money, just need to be organised.


  5. If you can get a small group together a few orders soon add up, so worth doing. Suma are a brilliant, ethical company and they sell so much! Chilled and freezer goods, eco household products, supplements, baby products. All cheaper than the supermarket… food for thought 🙂

  6. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  7. Thanks lovely. It’s a really good habit to get into. We don’t have tons of excess storage space either, but managed to clear the shelf in the photo. In fact the stash is looking a little bare, and I really need to get some more provisions in xx

  8. We go halves on lamb and quarters on pig with our friends, usually works out around 10kg. Sounds daunting but it only takes up one freezer drawer and is so handy having a constant supply of meat. A must for my caveman hubby!!

  9. You should, you never know what bargains will be waiting for you 😉

  10. Thanks Iona x

  11. Be warned Jocelyn, you’ll get hooked 😉

  12. They sell everything these days, and often loads cheaper than elsewhere!

  13. Thank you! Glad you’re a fan of bulk buying too x

  14. Thanks very much x

  15. Thanks for stopping by! It’s well worth doing, can’t recommend it highly enough 🙂

  16. Bulk buying really is a good way to save money, but like you say sometimes the space can be an issue. I never thought of starting a collective, what a great idea! #sharewithme

  17. great tips nothing beats saving the pennies

  18. Caroline (Becoming a SAHM) says:

    Love thrifty tips, and love ebay, like you say, there is much more on there than you’d think! Hubby would love us to do more bulk buying but again space is the issue, would need a second freezer i think – we could in big batches and then freeze and reheat meals, so our freezer is always chocca! xx Lovin ghtis as a new series! xx #sharewithme

  19. Whole animals that’s some serious savings and smart tips here too for buying in bulk and saving pennies. I love it. What a great feature to have too. I will keep my eye out for advice. I buy a lot of things in bulk from costco so much cheaper. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me. #sharewithme

  20. great tips, but storage is definitely an issue for us. Had never thought of Amazon or Ebay though, will be checking those out 🙂

  21. I’ve often thought about bulk buying but we just don’t gave the storage space and we don’t know anyone else who would be interested in sharing the idea. Good tips and suggestions though x

  22. Thanks for the tip! I really need to get into this bulk buying!

  23. I had no idea Amazon did groceries – I’ll look forward to these posts, I’m always trying and failing to budget and save a bit more!

  24. lifeatthelittlewood says:

    What brilliant tips! We have a wholesale meat merchant near by, and often go to stock up there. You are right – the quality is amazing, and so much less expensive than buying it in a supermarket! Great post! X #sharewithme

  25. Love the idea of regular thrify tips! Following you on bloglovin now to stay up to date 🙂 x

  26. Not A Frumpy Mum says:

    Great tips, my husband was suggesting the other day about buying meat in bulk. I think we need to have a good clear out first to find some storage space.

  27. Oh wow hon, I thought we were lacking in space here… How do you cope? We usually go halves on the animal with our friends, so end up with about 10kg of meat which takes up one drawer in the freezer. It saves so much money, and the quality is fab 🙂 xx

  28. Le Coin de Mel says:

    Great post (and fab idea to make it a regular feature, I will certainly be reading)! We are really careful with money, too but due to our obvious lack of space (6 of us soon, teeny 2 bed house), we cannot but in bulk that much. Whole animals, you are definitely taking your bulk-buying seriously, hun! x Mel

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