Money-Saving Tip: Don't Buy Office Supplies in Bulk

Money-Saving Tip: Don't Buy Office Supplies in Bulk

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Taryn Williford
Jun 21, 2011

If you're the type of thrifty shopper that invests in a warehouse membership for year-round bulk-buying savings, you'll appreciate this penny-saving tip: Don't buy office supplies from warehouse stores. You'll almost always come out on top buying your home office consumables from office stores.

Yeah, we know... we already showed you how you can DIY some of the expensive office gear you'd shell out for at the office supply store. But there are plenty of things that can't be made at home. Like paper.

Forbes Magazine's The Point of Purchase blog did a bit of comparison shopping, pricing out groceries and supplies from supermarkets, warehouse stores and traditional office supply retailers.

What did they find?

Office supplies aren't always cheapest in huge quantities, either. Plain white copy paper, perhaps the most popular office item, is practically given away to get shoppers in on a regular basis. Sam's Club sells a 20 lb. box, or 10-ream case, for $26.60 while Staples and Office Depot both had the same size for $24.99. Occasional manufacturer rebates knock that down even further (vendors offer rebates for retail partners but warehouse clubs don't participate).

Yeah, considering how long that 10-ream case of paper will last you, we're talking about pennies per month. And if you're already at Sam's Club, you'll see that $1.61 savings burn down in gasoline getting across town to Office Depot. But if you're heading out to stock up your home office closet, this shows us that it pays to do a little comparison shopping first.


Forbes.com via Lifehacker

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