Q is for Quantities (and Quality)
Buying in bulk can save money – whether from a warehouse store as pictured above or elsewhere. As long as you are able to store the resultant quantity and use it up before it can be spoiled. In bulk doesn’t mean having to buy things in hundreds either.
One of the many uses of an inventory
- is the ability to work out how quickly items are used up.
- plus as how much space you have to safely store replacement items.
Knowing these two facts can help you set budgets as well as decide when it is worth paying for higher quality items and when cheap and cheerful is more sensible.
It can even lead to reorganising within the building to ensure that there is a safe and suitable space for storage.
Always amazed at how much decluttering is possible is most meeting houses, often because Quakers declutter their own houses and bring things to the meeting house to donate. When sorting at Muswell Hill just after we started I came across a box carefully sealed and labelled, “Unwanted Crockery”. I did check before getting rid of it.
- Does your Meeting buy supplies in bulk?
- Do you find that this helps keep costs down?
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