Having severe asthma and allergies means that I can’t get away with buying flimsy and cheap air filters that miss many small particles
There is this huge bulk shopping center near my house where you pay a monthly membership fee to join. You have access to lot prices that typically only businesses who order directly from the manufacturer get. I save well over $100 a month on groceries from getting many of the essentials that I use the most at the bulk shopping center. I buy paper towel and napkins there once a month, large packages of bottled water and iced tea, packs of soap with several dozen bars, and food items like snacks and spices. It amazes me what I find every time I visit the store. The membership can be immensely helpful if you have a large family, but I get lots of use out of mine just the same. Last week I added one more item to the list of essentials that I am now buying from this store in bulk. That item, believe it or not, is central heating and cooling system filters. These are the one inch thick, disposable filters that fit inside air handlers of forced air HVAC systems. Having severe asthma and allergies means that I can’t get away with buying flimsy and cheap air filters that miss many small particles. The filters that I am forced to buy, which are dense by contrast, are $15 each if you buy them individually at a hardware store. I found a pack of 10 for only $80, saving $70 when buying that many up front. That adds one more expense that I have drastically cut back simply from buying larger quantities at a time instead of only getting items when I run out of something and only replacing things with single quantities of any particular product.