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When grocery shopping, there are certain items you should buy in bulk to get that discounted price that will save you money.However, if you pick the wrong items, you may end up wasting cash if you don’t use them up before their expiration date.
Here are a couple of items you should refrain from buying in bulk.
If you're buying beer in bulk for a party, know that the beverage lasts for just three to six months.
You might want to limit yourself and make sure that you're not buying too much.
Don't buy too much bleach at one time, as this cleaning agent has a relatively short shelf life of three to six months.
It starts to degrade after the six-month mark and loses its effectiveness.
People assume that brown rice has a long shelf life and can be stored for as long as possible.
In actuality, brown rice doesn't last too long -- just six months -- because of its oil content.
Although you may save money buying candy and unhealthy snacks in bulk, having a lot of these items around may cause you to overeat, which will be a detriment to your health.
Saving money is not worth the cost to your health.
You'd be surprised to learn that cooking oil has a shelf life of about a year. Oils and fats tend to go bad really quickly, so that's a factor to keep in mind when shopping.
If you buy too much cooking oil, some of the oil may go rancid, which is said to cause increased rates of heart disease, cancer, and other health problems. You definitely want to make sure the oil you have is fresh.
Although frozen food will last longer than regular food, it may take up too much space in your freezer and you may not be able to finish it before its expiration date.
Bear in mind that frozen products also have a shorter shelf life (up to a year) than canned foods (can last for up to three years or more).
Olive oil generally lasts longer than regular cooking oil.
However, studies have found that after six months, the antioxidants in olive oil decrease by about 40 per cent.
If you want to take advantage of the health benefits of olive oil, buy small bottles you'll be able to use up by the six-month mark.
You may want to buy your favourite nail colour in bulk, but remember that nail polish has a shelf life of one year.
Ask yourself if you'll be able to use them all up within a year.
Although you may think that condiments never go bad, most sauces have a shelf life of one to two years. If you don't use too much sauce to complement your meals, one or two bottles should be enough to last you the whole year.
And honestly, how many bottles of mustard do you think you will be able to ingest in two years?
These have a shelf life of one to three months so don't store them in your cabinet for future use.
The Crest Whitening Strips website has said that the strips are safe to use past the expiry date and the only drawback is that they aren't as effective.
But if you're going to invest money in the strips, you may as well get some bang for your buck -- using less effective strips for the same price seems like a waste of money.
For all the food products mentioned, the shelf life can be extended if you put these items in your fridge or freezer.
And of course, you're bound to go through these items more quickly if you have more mouths to feed, so it may make sense to buy more of certain items if you have a big family.