Best multi-use items to bulk buy to save on household & beauty products

Life is already busy enough as it is, without the constant need to pop into the shops whenever you run out of household essentials. However, if you stock up with the following five handy and healthy items, you’ll not only save precious time, you’ll also help your budget stretch further…

TURMERIC POWDER

This golden spice has a variety of health benefits such as reduced inflammation, improved brain function and mood, as well as assisted weight loss to name a few. I could go on, but this list is pretty long so feel free to click here for more information on this amazing spice! What’s great about turmeric is that not only can you add it to meals and tonics to reap the wonderful rewards for your health, but you can also use it as a natural dye for material (cotton works best) to bring a splash of sunshine into any DIY project.

BICARBONATE OF SODA

Otherwise known as baking soda, bicarbonate of soda is an alkali powder that deserves a front row seat in your pantry. This bargain buy can be used in a bunch of ways around the house such as:

  • A gentle face scrub
  • Hand cleanser
  • Antacid
  • Deodorizer
  • Floor shiner
  • Drain unclogger
  • Silver polish
  • Weed killer
  • Fire extinguisher

If you are looking for a fun craft to enjoy with the kids you can create use bicarbonate of soda to make moulding clay, water fizzing paint, or reaction experiments for any young science enthusiasts. From cleaning hacks to beauty tricks to creative crafts, bicarbonate of soda is one budget buy that will always come in useful.

VITAMINS

So vitamins aren’t the most flexible of products on this frugal list (unless you are eyeing up a quality multivitamin or moringa capsules, perhaps) but the savings you can score on a bulk pack of vitamins cannot be overlooked. Vitamins offer that additional support to you and your family – ensuring healthy growth, organ function and overall vitality. I only buy vitamins when they’re on 3 for 2 offers or half price deals and then I stock up for the coming year. Just be sure to check the use-by dates and don’t buy so many that you’ll end up exceeding the date.

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COCONUT OIL

Antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal – coconut oil is by far one of the most powerful all-purpose products on this list! Whether you are using it as a nourishing hair mask, a face and body ointment (with moisturising anti-wrinkle and cellulite-reducing properties), or in a homemade soap; the range of beauty applications will leave you feeling pampered. This product is also great to use as a cooking oil or substitute into baking recipes for delicious delights. Coconut oil also has an impressive list of health benefits, including:

  • Improves heart health through good cholesterol
  • Promotes brain function and fights off Alzheimer’s
  • Improves energy and balances blood sugar
  • Relieves UTI’s and kills Candida
  • Increases burning of body fat
  • Balances hormones
  • Aids digestion

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Whether you are using it topically, in your cooking or slurping a spoonful before bed – this penny-wise product is a must have for any bulk buy shopping list. You can buy it in huge jars but it might be better to buy multiple smaller pots when they’re on offer, as you’ll be able to keep them airtight until you need them.

VODKA

An unlikely option for a bulk buy list but hear me out! there are an impressive amount of household uses for this odourless clear spirit. For example, killing bacteria in a load of washing or adding some to your dough recipe to bake a crispier crust. You can also use Vodka to treat a toothache, as a disinfectant, or as a bug repellent spray.

Not only can you clean, cook and care with this product, you can get creative with it too. Homemade vodka infusions can be made with fresh fruit, herbs and even sweets – expanding your choice for cocktail concoctions or to give away as a great gift. If you are feeling extra-thrifty; you can also use vodka as a base for a homemade perfume. Add some of your favourite essential oils and find the perfect balance to create your very own signature scent.

I hope these suggestions will help you save money on multiple purchases, as these items are incredibly versatile for cleaning, creative and personal use – making them the perfect products to stock up on when the price is low. Let me know your own tips for what to buy in bulk – what’s in your pantry?!

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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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