Most savvy shoppers are members of bulk value shopping clubs. If you aren't, then join one soon to start saving money, because buying in bulk is almost always the cheapest way to go. The trick to bulk purchasing is sticking to items you know you use a lot. Otherwise, you may end up with an overflowing pantry and a five gallon can of ravioli staring you in the face. Another tip is to stick with non-perishable items for bulk purchases. For parties and cookouts, look for cuts of meat in bulk to save money. Joining a shopping club usually costs a low yearly membership fee, but the savings you'll accrue surpasses this cost quickly.