I recently found myself in an aisle of Target staring longingly...at bulk paper products. I live in a smallish apartment in Brooklyn and am accustomed to buying just what my family needs for a few days or a week at a time. A great sale on cereal? I'll take one, please.
It's not even the cost savings that I find so attractive about buying in bulk. It's the comfort of knowing you're not likely to run out of staple items quickly. There's a sort of mild anxiety seeing the last roll of paper towels getting thinner and thinner and feeling like buying more is on your "to do" list each and every week.
We don't have a lot of storage in our apartment and what we do have is usually spoken for. We recently purchased our first car and my sister, my Target shopping buddy, suggested, in all seriousness, that I could store bulk supplies in our trunk. I could, but it's not worth it (especially since we only have street parking and are often parked several blocks away).
On this particular day I relented and bought the 18-pack of toilet paper and 8-pack of paper towels. I stashed one on top of the fridge and the other has been sitting in a hallway waiting for me to find it a home - or get used up - whichever comes first.
What about you, small home dweller? Do you buy in bulk?
(Image: Carrie McBride)