I’ve found that in the UK there are few stores that offer discounts on bulk purchases. The best we can hope for are the regular offer of BOGOF and the special offers that are held by stores and none of them are for bulk items. In fact many stores limit the number of purchases of BOGOF items to 5 per customer. There may be the odd store out there who sell in bulk but none who sell what I want near me.
This has advantages and disadvantages. As I’m not bringing back a truck full of shopping my OPSEC is maintained. I can simply park up the side of the house and move the shopping in through the back door when there is no one about. It also means that I’m not regularly buying a ton of stuff from the local supermarket. I spread the load and will even make a couple of trips into the store after I’ve unloaded my shopping into the car. If there is someone with me then they can go through the till seperately. Most BOGOF offers disappear quickly so the most I usually get is two trips into the store.
I have noticed though that few people buy trays of items at once. I’ve done it a few times and questions have been asked but I always respond with the boys are having a camping trip and whine about the cost of the kids requirements and if I buy trays of items I won’t go back into the store again. So it is planned out. Go into the supermarket and stock up. If I am buying trays of items and I come across some BOGOF items I go and get another trolley and buy them plus some of the regular items to make it look like regular shopping and less suspicious. When I have bought them, ensuring a different till, and the car is loaded I go back and finish off with the trays. I may use cards for some items but cash is used for the trays. In some cases I use different cards as well depending on my financial situation so that the store doesn’t see the transactions loaded up on the one card. Not that I am concerned but it is out of habit.
I’ve been told that if I go to Chinatown in Liverpool I can get bulk items but obviously that is items like rice and Chinese like items. I’m going to do that one day when I get the chance but with me currently being in Croydon I’m going to look out for anything down that way. Any pointers would be appreciated.
This way anyway I can keep my OPSEC whilst storing my preps and no one around me is any the wiser. Nice, simple and effective. Just like me.