Whenever summer rolls around, life typically gets a little more relaxed. The weather warms up and people often spend more time outdoors hosting cookouts, snacking poolside and indulging in cool, refreshing treats.
If you have kids on summer vacation, they'll be home instead of at school, which means your pantry and your refrigerator will empty out faster. Instead of running back and forth to the grocery store constantly, why not stock up on some items that make sense for your family?
To help you fill the void and save time and money, here are the eight best food items to buy in bulk at Walmart this summer.
Perrier Sparkling Water
Stock up on several cases of Perrier Sparkling Water to last you through the summer. Walmart currently has 16.9-ounce plastic bottles of this cult-favorite beverage in a 24-pack for $25.81.
If you choose to order online and have it shipped to your doorstep, you might be able to get an even better price. For example, the same product sells for $17.88, almost $8 cheaper, if you order through Walmart's website.
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Bird's Eye Sheet Pan Meals
As long as you have room in your freezer, you can stock up on Family-Size Bird's Eye Sheet Pan Meals, which retail for $7.97 each at Walmart. Walmart sells two options: Chicken with Rosemary Brown Butter Potatoes and Chicken with Garlic Parmesan Potatoes.
These meals are chopped, seasoned and ready to roast with no prep -- plus, they take 25 minutes or less to cook. These quick and tasty ready-to-cook meals are perfect to add to your weekly summer meal rotations.
Oscar Mayer Original Uncured Wieners Mega Pack
For all of those upcoming summer cookouts you have planned, buy a few mega packs of Oscar Mayer's Original Uncured Weiners. A 20-pack retails for $4.88 at Walmart.
With no added nitrates, nitrites, artificial preservatives or by-products, these hot dogs deliver the same great quality and taste you expect from the brand without the unwanted ingredients. According to the USDA, hot dogs are safe indefinitely if you keep them frozen at 0 degrees or below. However, for best quality, the agency recommends using them within one or two months -- still good for a bulk buy.
Great Value Tomato Ketchup
Speaking of summer cookouts, having an extra bottle or two of ketchup on hand would likely be wise. Walmart's Great Value brand ketchup in the 64-ounce size is the best value at 3.9 cents per ounce or $2.52.
When you compare that price to Heinz Tomato Ketchup in the same size, which retails for 9.3 cents per ounce or $5.98, you'll know you're getting a great deal by stocking up on Walmart's house brand.
On the Border Salsa
For those occasions when you need to put out snacks in a flash this summer, chips and salsa are a great option. On the Border Salsa combines flavors of onions, tomatoes, jalapenos and garlic for just the right amount of flavor and heat.
A jar of 16-ounce On the Border Medium Salsa is $2.24, while the mild and hot versions are a bit more at $2.58. No matter what version you choose, however, they all beat the price of Walmart's Great Value Restaurant Style Salsa, which retails for $2.72.
On the Border Cafe Style Tortilla Chips
There's likely not a better accompaniment to On the Border Salsa than On the Border Chips. The brand's Cafe Style chips are light and crispy with the perfect amount of salt. Each 18-ounce bag is $2.98, compared to the smaller 15-ounce bag Target sells for $3.59.
Great Value Freeze Dried Fruit Crisps
Freeze-dried fruit can be pricey, but Great Value's offering is reasonable. A six-count variety pack is $4.98 and contains two Asian Pears, two Fuji Apples and two Bananas and Strawberries packaged as single servings.
Granted, dried fruit isn't to everybody's liking. However, it's shelf-stable and can be added to yogurt, cereal, oatmeal or simply eaten as a snack. And if your family loves the Fuji Apples but doesn't really care for the other flavors, you can buy a six-count pack of just that one flavor.
DeeBee's Organics Fruit Freezies Ice Pops
Take a look around, and you'll discover these pops are hard to find. A quick check of Amazon and Kroger yielded that this product is unavailable at this time. But Walmart has them for $3.98 for a 10-pack.
These organic, juice bars are made from 100% fruit juice plus added puree. They contain no added sugars, artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. Plus, the flavors are far from ordinary. Each pack contains Strawberry Lemon, Mango Orange, and Blueberry Pomegranate. And because you buy them unfrozen, you can stock up and store them in your pantry until you're ready to freeze and eat -- all summer long.
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