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Three Tips For Saving Money On Supplies

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Three Tips For Saving Money On Supplies

Whether you’re ordering supplies for a small office or an entire university, cost saving is an important component of successful budgeting. Working with a supplier who can help you find the right products for your needs is an important first step. But if you need to pinch pennies a little further, use some of these tips for a quick boost to your bottom line:

Pick the right product for the job: You wouldn't use a sledgehammer in place of a ballpein hammer; similarly, you don’t need to over do it with your supplies. A great example of this is trashcan liners. Using a trashcan liner that’s too large for the receptacle can add up to as much as 70% waste.

Consider the durability and weight of the product as well. Most packages (under 10 lbs) can be successfully sealed with conventional packing tape. Using heavy-duty packing tape on small packages only adds weight to the package and cost to your budget.

Think about cost per unit. Toilet paper is a necessary expense for any business. Even if you have a small staff, you may save plenty of money by buying something like toilet paper in bulk—provided you have the space for storage.

Avoid Brands that “lock you in:” When you consider a supply purchase, especially equipment, consider how many accessories you’ll need to purchase in order to make you new acquisition work. Compare all the various parts of the purchase to the whole package from another manufacturer before making your final decision. It’s possible that spending a little more upfront can save money in the long run.

Buy Supplies Online: Buying office, restaurant and custodial supplies online can save both time and money. Good online suppliers offer comprehensive catalogs and simple purchasing systems. Contacting customer service for questions and advice should be easy and immediate. Some suppliers will offer discounts on quantity, which is a savings bonus.

At Mailender, we make it our business to know your business, so contact one of our highly trained Customer Service Reps today, and find out how we can help you save money on supplies.



 
 

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