4 Things to Buy in Bulk—and 3 to Buy in Small Quantities
You already know about toilet paper and lightbulbs, but there are some less obvious purchases you should stock up on to save money, too.
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Less Is More: Peanut Oil
We know cooking oils don't last forever, but until we saw this chart
, we had no idea just how quickly they can go rancid. For instance, peanut oil, which is excellent for achieving the crispiest crust on a chicken drumstick, will keep for two years in your pantry (after you open it). If you're making fried chicken for six
, you'll probably go through about 64 ounces of oil, which is a size that most supermarkets sell for $7, or even less. If you buy a larger size and don't fry foods often, the oil will likely go bad before you finish it (signs to look for: an off smell or a change in color).