Bulk food shopping tips for saving time and money

If you love cooking in bulk, discover some great food shopping tips for cooking in bulk this weekend. Saving money on groceries and saving valuable time is easy if you plan ahead, purchase groceries in bulk and batch cook.

Bulk food shopping tips for this weekend

Meat & poultry

Buy meat in bulk and find wholesale suppliers in your area. Money saving meat purchases include budget mince, sausages and stewing meats. Purchase chicken fresh or frozen and try to get your chook for under $5.00. It is cheaper to buy a chicken, roast it and shred it for meals than it is to cook up fillets. Roast chicken is also delicious in a pasta or a soup! If you have to buy fillets buy them in a big pack at a wholesale poulterer.


Buy onions, potatoes, garlic, ginger and fresh herbs (for freezing) in bulk.

Kitchen Gear

Buy a big community size cling wrap and aluminum foil that will last you months! It is much cheaper to

buy products like this in bulk. I sit my cling wrap at the top end of a large bread board so it is easy to access when making the kids’ lunches.

Grocery Items

Items on your grocery list should include oils, oil sprays, sauces such as tomato sauce and soy sauce.

Herbs & Spices

Fill your spice rack and keep it well stocked with all the spices you require for the coming season and year. Also include beef, chicken and vegetable stock powder.

Milk & Bread

Buy long life milk and bread for the freezer. This will reduce unnecessary trips to the shops where you will likely spend $30 or more on items you were not planning to buy.

Canned Goods

Stock up on diced tomatoes, soups, chick peas, lentils and the like.

Freezer Items

Stock up on pastry, frozen peas, mixed vegetables, frozen corn and spinach.


Stock up on rice and pasta. If you keep your pantry well stocked you can save much time avoiding extra trips to the supermarket for groceries and more time in the kitchen cooking up beautiful bulk cooked meals for the family!

Hope you liked my bulk food shopping tips! Good luck with your next cooking adventure!

Can’t be bothered working it all out?

If you want a great resource for cooking in bulk and stocking your pantry check out Table Tucker or FREEZER MEALS cookbook. Table Tucker delivers annual, seasonal and monthly pantries for 52 weeks of budget dinners for the entire year! You will never have to write a pantry list ever again. Freezer Meals is a savvy bulk cooking system, which will save you up to $400 on your monthly grocery spend.

Got some great food shopping tips to share? Add them to comments below!

8 secret shopping tips for saving big on everyday items

8 secret shopping tips for saving big everyday

Due to popular demand here’s my big list of how to save thousands each year by shopping in the right places both online and offline.

This list combines a number of strategic shopping tactics including:

  • Shopping online to save time and money
  • Shopping at the right stores offline
  • Weighing up your time and travel compared to shopping online
  • Using technology and reminders when shopping online
  • Becoming as organised as possible to produce big savings

These are the places I shop and the tactics I use to save time and money every week.

Random tip 1: Reasons to shop online

  • Saves money – Buy in bulk and save big
  • Save time – By traveling to the supermarket for little items
  • Saves petrol – Getting to the supermarket / stores
  • Sort by price – Sort by price and save time fishing for bargains in-store
  • Avoid temptation – Avoid the temptation of other items and stores

Random tip 2: A few reasons to shop in store

  • The convenience of getting what you need and now
  • Get out of the house and meet new people on your travels
  • Touch and feel goods

Random tip 3: Use your calendar

I use my calendar and phone alerts to make sure I stay organised. This is roughly my weekly run. Depending on my weekly schedule I will either shop in store (with my daughter) so we can get out of the house or online if time is limited.

Here’s my big list: 8 secret shopping tips for saving big on everyday items

1. Buying milk and bread


  • Set up a weekly delivery and set and forget. I find Sat morning delivery is best.
  • Just when you run out – there’s that fresh milk waiting at your door.
  • Note: Buy two long life milks at Aldi to keep in the cupboard in case the kids drink all your milk in one day.

2. Buying groceries


  • Put a note in your weekly calendar to schedule delivery for Sat morning.
  • Click and collect is also convenient but I prefer someone to carry those groceries to my kitchen bench.

3. Stock up your liquor cabinet


  • Shop online and click and collect for FREE.
  • Pick delivery for $7. Order on a Tues in time for the weekend.
  • (2-4 business day delivery).
  • Brand ‘Gossips’ or their six pack wine boxes are a great deal.

4. Meat, poultry & frozen seafood

5. Cleaning products

6. Cheapest fuel

7. Personal care items

8. Clothes, gifts, party supplies & home décor

Do you have any secret tips for saving big on everyday items? Share them in the comments below.

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Shopping budget

Stick to your budget

Whip in and whip out!

With Table Tucker it is easy to set your grocery budget each week. TT’s dinner budget is roughly $110-$120 per week (at AUD April 2012 prices). These prices reflect average market prices. If we (our family) bulk buy and use all the tips in TT, including shopping at local markets to save more, it’s less! Remember that TT works over time. 

See Money Crunch in our seasonal apps for statistics on savings you can make by shopping smarter, growing your own and buying in bulk. 

I find that even with extra items like stuff for bubs or washing powder, our bill rarely goes over $150. 

Further savings include your time (which is money), sanity and Earth-happy savings.

Savings also include the extra money you would normally spend on rash buys through lack of organisation. These extras can easily add another $50 to $100 to your weekly bill! 

The $110-$120 quoted above also accounts for our lunches because we rely on our combo meals to give us leftovers. 

Make a budget and stick to it. Only buy what is on your list and nothing more. Be strong! Stay focused! Whip in and whip out! 

Stretch out leftovers and book them in on your fridge calendar. Use up everything before doing another shop. Reducing waste saves much money over time. 

Use leftovers for lunches. Make your own. 

Try to document the savings you’re making on a spreadsheet or using an app. Send them in! I’d love to hear how Table Tucker is working for you. 

Also see Ultra Budget Tips in our seasonal app cooking guides. 

Buy in bulk

Buy Groceries In Bulk

Your time (which is money) and the petrol savings are what really make bulk buying worth it.

When you buy in bulk every month and season, Table Tucker reminds you to buy other non-food needs that might run out when you prefer they wouldn’t. 

Buying these items in bulk avoids extra trips to the shops where chocolate biscuits, bags of chips and other rash buys are there to tempt you. 

The list includes such items as toilet paper, laundry powder, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, razors and soap for example. 

While bulk-buy savings are great, your time (which is money) and the petrol savings are what really make bulk buying worth it. Petrol costs from all those extra trips amount to a large sum over the course of a year. See our Money Crunch pages in TT’s seasonal apps. 

There is nothing worse than having to go and buy toilet paper in the middle of watching your favourite show, is there? Or running out of toothpaste before an important morning meeting, causing you to spend more money on fresh mints on your way to work! The spending can just go on and on. 

Shop monthly at stores that specialise in bulk-buy items. 

Because the ingredients in Table Tucker are so basic, these bulk-buy stores should stock all that you need.