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Published: Jan 03, 2022 8 min read
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This article is part of Money's January 2022 digital cover, which features 22 ways to make 2022 the best money year of your life. Browse all 22 articles here.

The coronavirus pandemic has taken consumers on a wild ride.

In the early days, it was a toilet paper shortage. Then it was skyrocketing meat prices, followed by holiday gifts that were as hard to come by as they were expensive.

“The pandemic has turned us all into hoarders,” says shopping expert Lisa Lee Freeman. Now, she says, we’re incentivized to “stock up on what you shouldn’t be stocking up on.

For all goods, inflation surged to 6.8% year-over-year in November, according to the latest government numbers. At-home food costs spiked 6.4%, fueled largely by meat, poultry, fish and egg prices, which ballooned nearly 13%.

To manage these soaring costs, Freeman is a big proponent of buying in bulk. But only if you’re shopping for items you truly need — and have the space for.

“What makes sense is to stock up when things are on sale,” she says.

Here are 10 items worth buying in bulk if you find them at the right price.

Meat