wholesale clubs http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/11282/all en-US Best Superstore and Wholesale Club Credit Cards http://www.wisebread.com/best-superstore-and-wholesale-club-credit-cards <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-superstore-and-wholesale-club-credit-cards" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-184353173.jpg" alt="store" title="store" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Shoppers want high-quality, affordable options &mdash; even better if they can pick up everything they need at a single store. Superstores and wholesale clubs sell all the basics a regular family needs, including fresh produce, clothing, hardware and fixtures, electronics, auto supplies, and even prescription medicine. Many of these giant retailers now offer their own store credit cards, allowing consumers to earn rewards and save even more on everyday purchases.</p> <h2>Superstore Credit Cards</h2> <p>You can buy pretty much anything at these superstores, and many of these credit cards offer additional rewards, discounts, or benefits on top of the everyday savings.</p> <h3>Target REDCard</h3> <p><img src=" http://adn.impactradius.com/display-ad/2092-173676" alt="" class="img-exempt" style="float:right;margin:0 5px 5px 10px;" border="0" height="97" width="154" /><a href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=250&amp;pid=77&amp;pp=1&amp;uv=xcardbutton" target=" rel=" style="border:none;float:right;clear:right;margin: 0 5px 5px 10px;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/apply-now.png" class="img-exempt img-button" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=250&amp;pid=77&amp;pp=1&amp;uv=xname">Target REDCard</a> offers 5% off all your purchases at Target and Target.com, plus free shipping on most orders at Target.com and an extra 30 days to return items. There's also a debit card version of the REDcard, which works like a check and draws on your checking account. There is no annual fee for either card.</p> <p><a href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=250&amp;pid=77&amp;pp=1&amp;uv=xend"><strong>Click here to learn more and apply for the Target REDcard today!</strong></a></p> <h3>Walmart Credit Card</h3> <p>The Walmart credit card starts you off with a 10% (up to $25) savings on purchases when you open an account. Get 3% back on Walmart.com purchases, 2% back on Murphy USA and Walmart gas, and 1% at Walmart and anywhere else your card is accepted. You receive these savings as statement credit. There is no annual fee.</p> <h3>Amazon.com Rewards Visa Card</h3> <p>Amazon has everything you might expect at a superstore, and their credit card has a strong rewards program to boot. The <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/theres-no-good-reason-not-to-get-the-amazoncom-rewards-visa-credit-card">Amazon.com Rewards Visa Card</a> offers three rewards per dollar on purcahses at Amazon.com, plus two points at gas stations, restaurants, and drugstores. All other purchases are one point per dollar. There are no earning caps and no point expiration. You can use your rewards to pay for Amazon.com purchases, or redeem for cash back, gift cards, and travel. There is no annual fee.</p> <h3>Big Lots Credit Card</h3> <p>Big Lots is known for carrying a wide variety of closed out or overstocked merchandise. Here, you can buy packaged food and drinks, clothing, furniture, and electronics. If you're planning to make a large purchase (or a few large purchases), the Big Lots credit card offers special financing options that will make payment easier on your budget. There is no annual fee.</p> <h2>Wholesale Club Credit Cards</h2> <p>You need to pay a membership fee in order to shop at wholesale clubs, but the savings you reap can be well worth it, especially when you factor in the perks that come with wholesale club credit cards.</p> <h3>Costco Anywhere Visa&reg; Card by Citi</h3> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/Citi-Costco-Anywhere.jpg" alt="" class="img-exempt" style="float:right;margin:0 5px 5px 10px;" border="0" height="97" width="154" /><a href=" http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=250&amp;pid=128&amp;pp=2&amp;uv=xcardbutton" rel="nofollow" title="Costco Anywhere Visa&reg; Card by Citi" alt="Costco Anywhere Visa&reg; Card by Citi" target="_blank" style="border:none;float:right;clear:right;margin: 0 5px 5px 10px;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/apply-now.png" class="img-exempt img-button" alt="" /></a>Costco is one of the biggest names in the wholesale club business. The <a href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=250&amp;pid=128&amp;pp=2&amp;uv=xname" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Costco Anywhere Visa&reg; Card by Citi</a> from our partner Citi offers substantial rewards for cardholders, including 4% back on gas purchases at Costco and other gas stations (on up to $7,000 per year), 3% back on restaurant and eligible travel purchases, 2% back on purchases at Costco and online at Costco.com, and 1% back on all other purchases. You must to redeem your cash back reward coupon at Costco, but you can redeem the coupon for cash and spend your cash back elsewhere. There is no annual fee with a paid Costco membership.</p> <p><a href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=250&amp;pid=128&amp;pp=2&amp;uv=xend" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>Click here to learn more and apply for the Costco Anywhere Visa&reg; Card by Citi today!</strong></a></p> <h3>Sam's Club Mastercard</h3> <p>Part of the Walmart empire, Sam's Club ranks right up there with Costco when it comes to sales &mdash; and savings. With the Sam's Club Mastercard, you get 5% back at U.S. and Puerto Rican gas stations and on gas at Sam's Club (on up to $6,000 in purchases per year), 3% cash back is on dining and travel, and 1% on other purchases. Get a $45 statement credit when you open a Sam's Club consumer credit card and make a $100 purchase on the same day (offer ends March 31, 2016). There is no annual fee for this card.</p> <h3>BJ's Perks Mastercard</h3> <p>Rounding out the top three of wholesale clubs is BJ's Wholesale Club, and the BJ's Perks Mastercard is nothing to sneeze at. Get up to 5% back on most in-Club and BJs.com purchases, 2% back on dining and non-BJ's gas purchases, and 1% on other purchases. Use this card to save 10 cents per gallon at BJ's Gas and save up to $25 when you renew your membership fee.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-superstore-and-wholesale-club-credit-cards">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">5 Best Travel Reward Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-0-balance-transfer-credit-cards">The 5 Best 0% Balance Transfer Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-cash-back-credit-cards">5 Best Cash Back Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-secured-credit-cards">The 5 Best Secured Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-low-interest-rate-credit-cards">The Best Low Interest Rate Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Credit Cards best credit cards superstores wholesale clubs Fri, 27 Jan 2017 23:42:52 +0000 Amy Lu 1882263 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Sneaky Ways Wholesale Clubs Get You to You Spend More http://www.wisebread.com/8-sneaky-ways-wholesale-clubs-get-you-to-you-spend-more <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-sneaky-ways-wholesale-clubs-get-you-to-you-spend-more" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man_warehouse_store_18578927.jpg" alt="Man learning sneaky ways warehouse clubs get you to spend more" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Whether you're a loyal wholesale club shopper, or someone trying to decide if the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-6-costco-items-will-easily-cover-your-55-membership">membership fee is worth the savings</a>, it's important to understand how Costco and Sam's Club trick you into spending your money. From the floor plan of the warehouse, to how they stock their shelves, everything is done for a reason. And that reason is to separate you from as much of your hard-earned money as possible. Here are the tricks to be aware of so you can become a savvier warehouse club shopper. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-things-you-need-to-know-about-the-new-costco-credit-card?utm_source=wisbread&amp;utm_medium=seealso&amp;utm_campagin=article">What You Need to Know About the New Costco Credit Card</a>)</p> <h2>1. The Shiny Objects Are Stacked Up Front</h2> <p>Have you ever wondered why warehouse clubs put their 4K 65&quot; TVs right near the entrance, and you almost have to step over them to get in and do your shopping? This is where you'll also find all the coolest new gadgets and electronics that are designed to suck you (and your money) in like a <em>Star Wars</em> tractor beam. It's hard to not stop and daydream a little bit. But unless one of these bright and shiny objects is on your shopping list, keep on trucking.</p> <p>Warehouse clubs are also famous for stocking really cheap seasonal items near the front of the store, forcing you to walk by them. During the summer, you'll find bargains on camping chairs and shorts. During the winter, you'll find deals on coats, sleds, and warm clothing. Known as &quot;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-to-spot-and-avoid-a-fake-sale">Open the Wallet</a>&quot; pricing, it's done to get you excited about the idea of saving money. Money that you can, in theory, use to buy more stuff at full price before you check out.</p> <h2>2. Bland Décor Tricks Your Brain</h2> <p>Have you ever taken a second and looked around at the décor at warehouse clubs? The gray concrete floors, the metal shelving, the pallets stacked to the ceiling. While some of it's for inventory reasons, it's mainly done to make it appear like very little money was spent on sprucing up the warehouse and all the money saved is being passed along to you, the shopper. It's clearly a Jedi mind trick designed to separate you from your money and make you think you must always be getting a great deal. Don't be fooled.</p> <h2>3. The Center Aisle Is a Trap</h2> <p>The center aisles at Costco, especially toward the front of the warehouse, are full of items that you had no idea existed but clearly cannot live without. If you're like most, and easily tempted to wander those aisles and throw a couple &quot;must haves&quot; in your cart, I have a tip. When you walk into Costco, keep your shopping cart in the outside aisle around the exterior of the store and shop from there. The best way to not be tempted by items you don't need is to stay out of the center of the store whenever possible.</p> <h2>4. Free Samples Can Play Mind Games</h2> <p>Costco doesn't offer free samples out of the kindness of their hearts. The do it because it helps pad their bottom line. Offering a sample creates a sense of reciprocity in which some shoppers feel obligated to buy something. Often it might not even be the product being sampled, but something similar. For example, maybe the orange juice you sampled is not your favorite, but you decide to pick up some apple juice instead.</p> <p>Also, there is an <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/10/the-psychology-behind-costcos-free-samples/380969/">interesting psychological effect</a> that takes place when you indulge in a free sample with a bunch of people standing around you. It's as if you don't want to look like a cheap freeloader in front of everyone, so you'll throw a box of the cookies in your cart. The obvious solution to these psychological tricks is to quickly walk past the sample stations and stay focused on why you walked into the warehouse to begin with.</p> <h2>5. Large Quantities Don't Always Signify a Deal</h2> <p>Whenever you're shopping, and see a large pile of a particular item, most brains will automatically associate it with a deal. After all, just think of the quantity discount Costco or Sam's must have received by ordering such a huge amount of product. Surely that saving is being passed along to us shoppers. Right? Wrong.</p> <h2>6. Buying in Bulk Isn't Always a Deal</h2> <p>There are clearly some items that will save you money by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-food-items-to-always-buy-in-bulk">buying in bulk</a>. But don't assume that just because you can buy in bulk from a warehouse club, it makes it a screaming deal. The take-away here is to always do the math and figure out the per unit price to determine if it's a good buy.</p> <h2>7. Expect Highly Targeted Marketing</h2> <p>Sam's Club is famous for looking closely at your order history and sending out targeted marketing campaigns via email and snail mail to get you back in the warehouse. By being aware that they're coming after you directly, you can better decide if the incentive or coupon they're offering really does give you the best value. Bottom line, it's not a coincidence that you just ran out of diapers and within a couple days you get a Sam's Club email with a coupon for diapers inside.</p> <h2>8. Beware the &quot;Fear&quot; of Missing Out</h2> <p>Perhaps the greatest psychological trick that warehouse clubs use is planting the seed in shoppers minds that once an item is gone, you'll never see it again. While this may be the case on seasonal items, it shouldn't be the deciding factor when deciding on a purchase. Do you actually need the item? Or will you end up storing it in the hopes that you might someday use it? If it's the latter, walk by the item like you have blinders on and your budget will thank you.</p> <p><em>How do you stay focused and not overspend when shopping at warehouse clubs?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kyle-james">Kyle James</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-sneaky-ways-wholesale-clubs-get-you-to-you-spend-more">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/shop-in-stores-with-concrete-floors">“Shop in stores with concrete floors.”</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sams-club-or-costco-which-warehouse-club-is-right-for-you">Sam&#039;s Club or Costco: Which Warehouse Club Is Right for You?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/walmart-vs-sams-club-who-actually-has-the-better-deals">Walmart vs. Sam&#039;s Club: Who Actually Has the Better Deals?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-things-you-should-buy-at-costco">15 Things You Should Buy at Costco</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/maximize-your-membership-16-tips-to-shopping-warehouse-stores">Maximize Your Membership: 16 Tips to Shopping Warehouse Stores</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Bulk buying costco deals sam's club Secrets sneaky warehouse stores wholesale clubs Fri, 15 Jul 2016 10:00:13 +0000 Kyle James 1752236 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Frugal Rules You Must Follow When Shopping at Costco http://www.wisebread.com/5-frugal-rules-you-must-follow-when-shopping-at-costco <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-frugal-rules-you-must-follow-when-shopping-at-costco" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/2559177539_494b233df2_z.jpg" alt="man at costco" title="man at costco" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Everything is cheaper at <a href="http://costco.com">Costco</a>, right? Not so fast! For a frugalist, Costco and its warehouse membership club brethren can be very appealing. So much so, in fact, that&nbsp;<a href="http://retailindustry.about.com/od/topusretailcompanies/a/us_2010_largest_retailers_world.htm">Costco has become the fourth largest retailer in the U.S. and eighth in the world</a>. After all, who doesn't see the bargain provided in buying a 50-pack of veggie burgers or a 120 oz. jar of spaghetti sauce?</p> <p>Costco can provide some cost-saving values, but it can also be a money pit <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-you-wasting-or-saving-money-with-a-warehouse-club-membership">if you are not careful</a>. Here are five rules to adhere to when shopping at the wholesale retail giant.</p> <h3>1. Make a List of Everything That You Typically Need From the Grocer</h3> <p>Do this before you ever set foot in a Costco. Costco has a way of luring you into buying things that you normally don't buy. If something does not make your list, there's a good chance that you should not buy it at Costco. At the same time, you won't find 75% of the stuff you might typically buy elsewhere, so don't rely on Costco for your entire grocery buying experience. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-things-that-are-worth-buying-at-costco" title="9 Things That Are Worth Buying at Costco">9 Things That Are Worth Buying at Costco</a>)</p> <h3>2. Compare Apples to Apples</h3> <p>For units of identical size, figure out the <em>per unit </em>price of the things that you normally buy and what their typical weight per unit is. Usually you'll have to buy packs of six, eight, or more units of something that you'd buy one of elsewhere. This makes comparing easy if you just do some simple math.</p> <p>What's harder is comparing identical items that come in different size units. Find out the price per ounce of the item from Costco and compare it to the price per ounce of the same thing elsewhere. Go with the retailer that's cheaper, except when you'd have to buy more of a perishable item than you could ever use by the time the <a href="http://20somethingfinance.com/sell-by-date-use-by-date-best-before-date-food-shelf-life/">use by date</a> passes.</p> <h3>3. Use the Costco Credit Card</h3> <p>If you're looking for savings at Costco, it only makes sense to get the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-new-costco-anywhere-visa-card-by-citi-is-good-news-for-costco-shoppers">Costco Anywhere Visa</a> card. You'll earn 4% cash back on eligible gas, 3% on dining and travel, 2% on Costco and Costco.com purchases, and 1% on other purchases. If you use your Costco credit card for your regular monthly spending, you'll easily earn enough cash back rewards to pay for a Costco shopping trip.</p> <h3>4. Try the Samples...If You Dare</h3> <p>Costco typically offers up several sample stations. Usually, the food and drink at these stations is not the healthiest. As in most grocery stores, it's offered up by friendly older women, and it's hard to say no to them when they ask you how many bags of cheddar popcorn you need. So if you grab a sample, get the heck out of there...fast.</p> <h3>5. Make Planned Trips Every <em>Other</em> Month or More</h3> <p>If you are buying things in bulk that get you a nice discount, you usually don't need to re-stock them for a few months. There's nothing wrong with that! Resist the urge to go back more frequently when you really don't need to, because you most likely will get tempted by electronics or some of the other cool things you probably don't need.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ge-miller">G.E. Miller</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-frugal-rules-you-must-follow-when-shopping-at-costco">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-times-to-go-grocery-shopping">The Best and Worst Times to Go Grocery Shopping</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-produce-workers-guide-to-choosing-fruits-and-vegetables">The Produce Worker&#039;s Guide to Choosing Fruits and Vegetables</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-grocery-shop-for-five-on-100-a-week">How to Grocery Shop for Five on $100 a Week</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/trader-joes-vs-costco-whats-a-better-place-to-shop">Trader Joes vs. Costco: What&#039;s a Better Place to Shop?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-only-15-foods-that-are-worth-buying-organic">The Only 15 Foods That Are Worth Buying Organic</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Shopping cheap groceries costco credit cards grocery shopping wholesale clubs Sun, 14 Nov 2010 17:00:10 +0000 G.E. Miller 297201 at http://www.wisebread.com Are You Wasting or Saving Money With a Warehouse Club Membership? http://www.wisebread.com/are-you-wasting-or-saving-money-with-a-warehouse-club-membership <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/are-you-wasting-or-saving-money-with-a-warehouse-club-membership" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/6062319821_50a7c8240b_z.jpg" alt="costco" title="costco" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Warehouse clubs or wholesale clubs are large stores such as Costco or BJ's that charge a yearly membership that allows customers to purchase items at prices that are slightly above wholesale. The memberships cost anywhere from $50 to $100 a year and the idea is that you can save more than the membership cost by shopping at these stores. My husband and I recently decided to cancel our membership after realizing that we were <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-do-to-save-money-that-end-up-costing-you-more">not really saving money</a> at all. Here are our reasons why we parted ways with the warehouse club. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-frugal-rules-you-must-follow-when-shopping-at-costco">5 Frugal Rules You Must Follow When Shopping at Costco</a>)</p> <h3>1. Warehouse prices are not necessarily the best.</h3> <p>We used to buy things like toiletries and various meats at the warehouse, but pretty soon we realized that we could get cheaper prices at local grocery stores or stores such as Target if we just looked for weekly specials. When you pay a membership fee you expect that the prices are low, but that does not mean that you always get the lowest price. Many people just assume that the wholesale club has the lowest price and ignore other stores, and that could mean missed savings.</p> <h3>2. Quantities are too large.</h3> <p>Buying too much of something is a problem for small families like ours. These warehouses force you to buy a large quantity of everything, and sometimes things go to waste when they are not consumed in time. Another problem with large quantities is that it takes a lot of room to store them. We live in a 1000 square feet apartment and large piles of paper towels had to be stored in the living room, and that was a bit ridiculous. We also do not have a large freezer so a lot of frozen foods just will not fit.</p> <h3>3. The fee is not always recouped.</h3> <p>In the past few years we visited the warehouse club less than 10 times, and we are pretty sure we did not save enough to cover the membership fee. This is because it is just much easier to buy foods at grocery stores that are close by.</p> <h3>4. Shopping at a warehouse is stressful.</h3> <p>A big reason why we do not like visiting the warehouse store is because it is so crowded every single time. My husband also hates driving in the parking lots of these stores because people are always streaming out with huge carts of stuff. When you get inside the lines are always long. It is much easier for us to just walk to the grocery store on the next block to get something small like toothpaste even if we are paying 50 cents more. I do not know if it is like this in other parts of the country, but here in San Mateo the warehouse clubs are seriously mad houses.</p> <p>Warehouse clubs make a lot of sense for families with a lot of storage space and the ability to consume large quantities of food without waste, but for us it just was not working out. Interestingly enough most of these warehouses <a href="http://seekingalpha.com/article/16582-are-warehouse-stores-too-dependant-on-membership-fee-income">make a large part of their profits through the membership fees</a>, and not through their merchandise. So it would seem that many members may be underutilizing their memberships. If you have one of these memberships, look back on how much you used it in a year and how much you actually saved to determine whether or not it is worthwhile.</p> <p><em><strong>What do you think?&nbsp; Are you saving money through a wholesale club or are you throwing money away on a&nbsp; membership?</strong></em><br /> &nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/xin-lu">Xin Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-you-wasting-or-saving-money-with-a-warehouse-club-membership">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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