warehouse stores http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/11721/all en-US Sam's Club or Costco: Which Warehouse Club Is Right for You? http://www.wisebread.com/sams-club-or-costco-which-warehouse-club-is-right-for-you <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sams-club-or-costco-which-warehouse-club-is-right-for-you" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple_shopping_cart_33524102.jpg" alt="Couple deciding if sam&#039;s club or costco is right for them" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Costco or Sam's? The debate has raged for years and typically involves a pricing breakdown of each warehouse retail giant. But what most comparisons fail to cover are all the intangibles that a membership brings &mdash; things like the return policy and member services that you probably didn't know exist. Well, until now, that is. Here's how the two warehouse giants stack up so you can make an informed decision.</p> <h2>Return Policy (Winner: Costco)</h2> <p>Costco has a&nbsp;<a href="https://customerservice.costco.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1191">legendary return policy</a> which states they'll allow you to return any item, at any time, no questions asked.</p> <p>Unfortunately, their policy was abused in recent years, especially on electronics, and has changed to a 90-day return policy on computers, TVs, tablets, cameras, cellphones, and the like. But what makes Costco's return policy so amazing is that you can bring items back for a full refund without the original packaging, and without your receipt, as they have a record of all your purchases in their system. I was recently able to bring back a Keurig coffee maker that stopped working six months after I purchased it and they gave me full refund, no questions asked. The only items you flat-out can't return at Costco are alcohol, cigarettes, and special orders.</p> <p>Sam's Club&nbsp;<a href="http://www.samsclub.com/sams/pagedetails/content.jsp?pageName=returns">return policy</a> is solid but not quite as attractive. Like Costco, you can return most items at any time for a full refund. But what makes their return policy less attractive is their long list of exceptions. For example, similar to Costco, you have 90 days to return electronics like TVs, computers, and cameras. But this 90-day policy at Sam's also extends to unopened movies, music, and software. Also, you only have 14 days to return connected devices like cellphones and tablets and they must be returned to same store where you purchased them.</p> <p>Furthermore, unlike Costco, Sam's highly recommends that products are returned in their original packaging and you have your receipt in hand. If you don't have either, they claim they'll do their best to process your return, but they reserve the right to deny it. Popular items that you can't return to Sam's Club include alcohol, prescriptions, tickets, tobacco products, and gift cards.</p> <h2>Credit Card (Winner: Costco)</h2> <p>Both stores offer a co-branded credit card. However, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-new-costco-anywhere-visa-card-by-citi-is-good-news-for-costco-shoppers?ref=internal">Costco&rsquo;s Credit Card</a> includes bonus rewards for Costco purchases which, is really the whole point of using a co-branded card. Why would you sign up for a Sam&rsquo;s Club credit card if it only gives you the minimum 1% cash back on Sam&rsquo;s Club purchases and any <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-cash-back-credit-cards?ref=internal">cash rewards credit card</a> could offer? (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-credit-cards-to-use-at-costco?ref=seealso">Best Credit Cards to Use at Costco</a>)</p> <h2>Lower Prices (Winner: Toss-Up)</h2> <p>The brain-trust at Consumer Reports recently did a <a href="http://finance.yahoo.com/news/consumer-reports-put-costco-sams-163618887.html">head-to-head pricing challenge</a> between Sam's and Costco. Interestingly, they found that both clubs offered comparable prices across all departments in the warehouse. Many of the pricing discrepancies were merely regional and didn't hold true across all stores. Thus, they essentially called the two stores' pricing a tie and gave a slight advantage to Costco overall due mainly to customer service and product quality of the Kirkland brand. But keep in mind that this slight advantage to Costco comes with a $15 a year higher price tag, as membership starts at $60 while Sam's starts at only $45. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/walmart-vs-sams-club-who-actually-has-the-better-deals?ref=seealso">Wal-Mart vs. Sam's Club: Who Actually Has the Better Deals?</a>)</p> <h2>Better Coupons (Winner: Toss-Up)</h2> <p>In recent years, both wholesale clubs have gone to an &quot;instant savings&quot; coupon booklet which automatically loads club member's cards with discounts on specific items. That discount is then taken at the register and you're not required to clip a coupon or even have the coupon book in your possession. Both club's coupon booklets last about 24 days before expiring. The Costco coupon booklet gets the nod in terms of savings on furniture, electronics, and gadgets, while the Sam's Club booklet has better savings on grocery and household items. In other words, one is not necessarily better than the other; they'll just appeal to different shoppers.</p> <h2>Services Provided (Winner: Costco)</h2> <p>Both clubs offer member services that extend way beyond a low price on toilet paper and chicken thighs. For example, both memberships come with pharmacy services, optical services, hearing aid services, auto buying programs, identity protection, insurance programs, and business payment processing to name a few. But Costco gets the overall nod here as they also offer a highly regarded <a href="https://costcofinance.com/">mortgage service</a>. Many members like it because it removes the guesswork out of the often murky loan fees associated with home mortgages. Their fee schedule is simple; $350 for executive members and $650 for gold star members. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-probably-didnt-know-you-could-buy-at-costco?ref=seealso">10 Things You Probably Didn&rsquo;t Know You Could Buy at Costco</a>)</p> <h2>Membership Fee Discount (Winner: Sam's Club)</h2> <p>Costco rarely, if ever, offers a discount to entice new members to sign up. Sam's Club, on the other hand, is always throwing a bone or two to get new shoppers to test drive a membership. For example, they just recently had a deal where you could score the basic $45 Sam's Club membership along with $95 worth of upgrades and freebies that included a $20 gift card, free pizza, free cookies, and a free upgrade to the &quot;Plus&quot; membership. Don't sneeze at the membership upgrade &mdash; plus members are granted $10 back on every $500 spent, five free prescriptions per year, and early morning access to the warehouse. They seem to run these types on &quot;new member&quot; deals and upgrades quarterly, so keep an eye out on their <a href="https://www3.samsclub.com/best-deals/membership-deals/">promotions page</a>. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-6-costco-items-will-easily-cover-your-55-membership?ref=seealso">These 6 Costco Items Will Easily Cover Your $55 Membership</a>)</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/sams-club-or-costco-which-warehouse-club-is-right-for-you">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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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. 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I did the research and compared the pricing on over 100 everyday items at both retailers. The price tags were very similar on the majority of the items I examined. But interestingly, I did find 12 commonly-used products that had a fairly drastic price difference at one retailer compared to the other.</p> <p>If you purchase any of these items frequently, it might make the difference in choosing a preferred retailer. Below are the products that offer the biggest savings when comparing Sam's pricing to that of Walmart's.</p> <h2>1. Over-the-Counter Medications (Winner: Sam's Club)</h2> <p>Sam's Club is the clear winner when it comes to over-the-counter medications. A great example is 10mg Zyrtec Allergy tablets. At Sam's you can get a 100-count package for $29.98, while you'll have to pay $34.94 at Walmart for only 70 tablets. The same holds true for Benadryl Allergy, where a 48-count box at Sam's goes for $4.89; you'll have to pay $6.48 for the same at Walmart. The price differences extend way beyond allergy medications, as well. For example, Advil tablets at Sam's cost $16.39 for a 360-count bottle, while a 300-count bottle at Walmart sells for $18.48.</p> <h2>2. Alcohol (Winner: Sam's Club)</h2> <p>If you buy alcohol on a regular basis, a Sam's membership will easily pay for itself in terms of savings. For example, Jack Daniels Whiskey sells for $0.55 an ounce at Sam's compared to $0.66 at your local Walmart. In general, this holds true for other spirits as well, including wine and beer. Note that non-members can also buy booze from Sam's Club (and other membership warehouse stores such as Costco).</p> <h2>3. Sports Drinks (Winner: Sam's Club)</h2> <p>If you have kids that play sports and consume Gatorade or PowerAde during games and practices, you'll want to stock up at Sam's Club and save money. For example, Sam's sells a 28-pack of 12oz Gatorades for $10.48, or $0.03 an ounce. In contrast, Walmart sells an 18-pack of the same size bottles for $8.68, or $0.04 an ounce. Over the course of a sports season, the savings is significant, especially if you're assigned a game to bring snacks and drinks for the entire team.</p> <h2>4. Breakfast Cereal (Winner: Sam's Club)</h2> <p>If breakfast cereal is eaten in your home most mornings, you'll want to stock up at Sam's Club and save. At Sam's, you can buy a two-pack of Cheerios (41 ounces in total) for $5.68, or an affordable $0.13 an ounce. Compare that with Walmart, who sells an 18oz box for $3.68, and you'll end up paying a hefty $0.20 an ounce for Cheerios. Cheerios not your thing? Not a problem, as you'll find similar savings at Sam's on favorites like Froot Loops, Frosted Flakes, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and Raisin Bran, to name a few.</p> <h2>5. Frozen Pizza (Winner: Sam's Club)</h2> <p>When it comes to a delicious frozen pizza, Sam's is where you'll save the most money. For example, a DiGiorno Rising Crust Pepperoni Pizza at Sam's costs $4.66 compared to $5.47 at Walmart. Also, it should be pointed out that while Sam's only offers a three-pack of pizzas, you can buy them individually at Walmart. But if you have the freezer space, buying the three-pack for an affordable $13.98 is the best way to go.</p> <h2>6. Peanut Butter (Winner: Sam's Club)</h2> <p>I found this price battle interesting as both Walmart and Sam's stock the Skippy Creamy Peanut Butter pack of two jars, 40 ounces each. The Sam's price is $9.18, while Walmart is over a dollar and a half more at $10.78. Sam's is also cheaper for JIF peanut butter, but the savings is not as significant as it is with Skippy for some reason.</p> <h2>7. Diapers (Winner: Sam's Club)</h2> <p>If diapers are currently on your shopping list, you're well served buying them at Sam's. For example, a 162-count box of Pampers (size 2) at Sam's runs $33.98, or $0.21 each, while the same size at Walmart will cost you over $0.25 each. Four cents might not seem like much until you start adding up how many diapers you'll need before you can potty-train. Similar savings can be found on Huggies and Luvs as well, in all sizes.</p> <h2>8. Laundry Detergent (Winner: Sam's Club)</h2> <p>While Sam's Club sells larger sizes than Walmart, Sam's beats them in price across the board when it comes to laundry detergent. For example, Sam's has Tide Original Liquid Detergent for $0.095 an ounce while Walmart comes in at almost $0.12 an ounce. Also, All Stainlifter detergent sells for $.071 per ounce at Walmart compared to the cheaper version at Sam's which sells for $0.06 an ounce. While the savings seems small in terms of ounces, it really adds up over the course of a year, especially if you're doing laundry for a large family.</p> <h2>9. Shampoo and Conditioner (Winner: Sam's Club)</h2> <p>When buying shampoo and conditioner, Sam's is clearly the place to shop. They currently sell a 40oz bottle of Pantene Pro-V shampoo for $5.88 while Walmart sells a smaller 29oz bottle for a more expensive $6.42. The same can be said for Nexxus Therappe shampoo which Sam's sells for $0.40 an ounce, compared to $0.45 at Walmart. I couldn't find a single example where Walmart had a better per unit price, compared to Sam's, on shampoo or conditioner.</p> <h2>10. Hot Dogs/Sausage (Winner: Walmart)</h2> <p>I'm not sure exactly why, but you'll almost always score a better deal on hot dogs and sausages at Walmart compared to Sam's Club prices. For example, you can buy a 16-count package of Ball Park franks at Walmart for $0.37 each, while you'll have to buy a 24-count package at Sam's and pay close to $0.40 each.</p> <h2>11. Frozen Fish (Winner: Walmart)</h2> <p>When it comes to frozen fish, the prices at Walmart are an easy catch when compared to Sam's. At Walmart, wild salmon fillets in a two-pound bag sell for $9.86, which comes out to $0.31 an ounce. If you head over to Sam's, you'll find that they carry farmed Atlantic salmon, in a three-pound bag, which goes for $22.47, or $0.47 an ounce. Doing some quick math, Walmart is approximately 30% cheaper than Sam's. If salmon is not your thing, you'll find similar savings at Walmart on tilapia and even the tasty fish stick.</p> <h2>12. Blank Media (Winner: Walmart)</h2> <p>In particular, I'm talking about blank CDs and DVDs and Walmart is cheaper across the board. For example, the Verbatim DVD-R 100-pack sells for a low $20.40 on Walmart, compared to $22.48 at Sam's. The same can be said for blank CDs; Walmart sells the Verbatim 100-pack for $16.99, whereas Sam's has the same product for $17.97.</p> <p>Sam's Club clearly won my pricing challenge by a score of nine to three, making a Sam's membership worth the $45 annual fee in many cases. This is especially true if you're accustomed to buying in bulk for a large family, because most of the packaging at Sam's is bigger in size and will last longer. That's a good problem to have, assuming you have the storage space, as it means fewer trips to the store and more money in your wallet at the end of the month.</p> <p><em>Do you have a <a target="_blank" href="http://track.flexlinks.com/a.ashx?foid=1029882.1374705&amp;fot=9999&amp;foc=1" rel="nofollow">Sam's Club membership</a>? If so, what items have you discovered that provide the most savings?</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div align="center"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fwalmart-vs-sams-club-who-actually-has-the-better-deals&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FWalmart%20vs.%20Sams%20Club-%20Who%20Actually%20Has%20the%20Better%20Deals-.jpg&amp;description=Walmart%20vs.%20Sams%20Club%3A%20Who%20Actually%20Has%20the%20Better%20Deals%3F" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <div align="center">&nbsp;</div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/Walmart%20vs.%20Sams%20Club-%20Who%20Actually%20Has%20the%20Better%20Deals-.jpg" alt="Walmart vs. Sams Club: Who Actually Has the Better Deals?" width="250" height="374" /></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/walmart-vs-sams-club-who-actually-has-the-better-deals">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/the-8-shopping-apps-thatll-actually-save-you-money-in-2016">The 8 Shopping Apps That&#039;ll Actually Save You Money in 2016</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-8-things-that-are-always-cheaper-at-target">The 8 Things That Are Always Cheaper at Target</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/6-creative-ways-to-save-money-with-bulk-buying">6 Creative Ways to Save Money With Bulk Buying</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/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-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-foods-that-are-actually-cheaper-at-whole-foods">6 Foods That Are Actually Cheaper At Whole Foods</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping best value groceries membership fee price comparisons sam's club WalMart warehouse stores Thu, 01 Oct 2015 15:01:05 +0000 Kyle James 1571536 at http://www.wisebread.com These 6 Costco Items Will Easily Cover Your $55 Membership http://www.wisebread.com/these-6-costco-items-will-easily-cover-your-55-membership <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/these-6-costco-items-will-easily-cover-your-55-membership" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_buying_wine_000014683623.jpg" alt="Woman buying items that will cover her Costco membership" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Is Costco really worth the $55 annual fee? If you're on the fence about joining the wholesale club, this is undoubtedly a question you've asked yourself many times. While Costco can contain spending traps for undisciplined shoppers, the store also provides many unique ways to save money. Money that can easily cover, and greatly exceed, the $55 annual membership. (It's even easier to save when you use the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-new-costco-anywhere-visa-card-by-citi-is-good-news-for-costco-shoppers?ref=internal">Costco Credit Card</a>, which gives you cash back on Costco and Costco.com purchases.) Here are a few items that provide enough savings to justify the annual fee. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-probably-didnt-know-you-could-buy-at-costco?ref=seealso">10 Things You Probably Didn&rsquo;t Know You Could Buy at Costco</a>)</p> <h2>1. Wine</h2> <p>If you regularly buy wine from your local liquor or grocery store, you're probably overspending. According to Andrew Cullen, founder and editor of&nbsp;<a href="http://costcowineblog.com/">CostcoWineBlog.com</a>, your local Costco sells an excellent selection of wines at very affordable prices.</p> <p>&quot;I'd say wines at Costco, from my experience in the Atlanta area, are generally priced 10%&ndash;20% below other liquor stores,&quot; says Cullen. &quot;Compared to grocery stores, that difference would be even higher.&quot; If you're buying at least five bottles of wine per month, that savings alone will typically pay for your annual membership.</p> <p>Cullen adds that the &quot;handpicked nature of the selection&quot; at Costco is another factor that gives them an edge when it comes to buying wine. &quot;Regardless of the varietal or region or price range, wines from Costco typically offer a strong quality to price ratio, almost like they have to pass a screening before they are presented in the stores. That's not to say I haven't encountered a few duds here and there, but all in all, the quality of the selection is pretty good.&quot; But like anything in the warehouse, if you pass on a particular wine selection, be aware that it may be gone the next day, never to return.</p> <h2>2. Car Tires</h2> <p>If you're in need of a new set of tires for your car, the $55 membership fee can easily be recouped with a single purchase of four passenger tires. I recently priced a set of four tires for our minivan and Costco was $85 cheaper than my local tire shop and $120 less than what the dealer was asking. Savings was really noticeable when I factored in installation fees which were a reasonable $15 per tire at Costco, compared to $45 at the dealership.</p> <p>Other side benefits of buying your tires from Costco includes lifetime balancing and rotations, free flat repairs, and a 60-month <a href="http://tires2.costco.com/RoadHazardWarranty.aspx">road hazard warranty</a>.</p> <h2>3. Lunch or Dinner</h2> <p>Another easy and tasty way to recoup your $55 is at the very affordable Costco food court. Easily their most famous offering is the hot dog and soda meal, which is really hard to beat. For only $1.50, you get a big hot dog and a 20 oz. soda with free refills. It only gets tastier with an excellent condiment bar which features a fresh onion slicer so you can load up your dog. I have a hard time passing up this meal whenever I visit the warehouse close to the lunch hour as it's a very affordable way to grab a quick bite.</p> <p>The savings aspect is probably greatest when talking about their pizza. For only $10, you get an extra large pizza that can easily feed a family of four or five, depending on how big the appetites are. But if you have kids, and are hosting a birthday party, soccer party, or the like, you can really save by ordering pizza from Costco. You'll be able to feed a lot of people a quality meal, and with the lean prices, you'll come out ahead when comparing the price to most local pizzerias.</p> <p>Insider tip: When checking out from Costco, be sure to place your food court order directly from your cashier. That way you'll only have to pay once and can save time by simply picking up your food from the pick-up window and completely bypass the food court line.</p> <h2>4. Movie Tickets</h2> <p>If you go to the movies at least once a month, you should be <a href="http://www.costco.com/movie-tickets.html">buying your movie tickets</a> directly from Costco. Popular theaters that regularly sell discount tickets at Costco include Cinemark, Regal, AMC, and Cinelux. For example, right now you can buy a 10-pack of tickets for AMC Theaters for $84.99. Before you ask, these tickets have NO expiration date and can be used seven days a week. With tickets hovering around $11&ndash;$13 nationally, you just saved about 30% off your next movie. For a family with kids who love seeing a flick in the theater, buying your movie tickets at Costco is a total no-brainer and can single-handedly pay for your annual Costco membership.</p> <h2>5. Gift Cards</h2> <p>Once you take notice of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.costco.com/restaurant-gift-cards.html">gift card deals</a> at Costco, you'll never buy one anywhere else. They sell gift cards for restaurants, theme parks, local attractions, and golf outings. Savings on average is 20%&ndash;30% off the face value of the card. For example, right now they have four $25 Smashburger gift cards for $79.99 and five $10 Jamba Juice gift cards for $34.99. If you buy discounted gift cards at Costco for places you know you'll be buying from anyways, or are looking for cheap gift ideas for teachers and coaches, you can save significant money.</p> <h2>6. Prescription Drugs (Especially Generics)</h2> <p>If you're buying prescription drugs on a monthly basis, you can easily recoup your membership fee by purchasing from Costco. According to a study by Consumer Reports, shoppers can easily save more than $55 per year by buying their generic drugs from the Costco pharmacy. The reason Costco can charge less has to do with their huge inventory and ability to buy in bulk from suppliers and pass the savings along to you. Also, while drugstores like CVS and Walgreens depend heavily on drug sales, Costco can afford to give a discount on prescription drugs and stay profitable.</p> <p>By understanding the products at Costco that are a great value, you can easily justify the $55 annual membership fee. Just be sure you don't blow the money you save on the bright and shiny objects Costco stocks in the front section of the warehouse. Stuff you had no idea existed, but clearly can't live without&hellip;stuff that also happens to pad their profits. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-things-you-should-buy-at-costco?ref=seealso">15 Things You Should Buy at Costco</a>)</p> <p><strong>UPDATE</strong>: As several commenters have noted, Costco does, in fact, sell alcohol and prescription medications to non-members. Note that Costco offers an additional, members-only prescription drug benefit called the <a href="http://www.costco.com/pharmacy/member-prescription-program.html">Costco Member Prescription Program</a>. It is aimed at Costco members who do not have prescription drug insurance, or whose insurance does not cover some of their medications. Thank you to the commenters and email correspondents who notified us. -- The Editors</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div align="center"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fthese-6-costco-items-will-easily-cover-your-55-membership&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FThese%206%20Costco%20Items%20Will%20Easily%20Cover%20Your%2055%20Dollar%20Membership.jpg&amp;description=These%206%20Costco%20Items%20Will%20Easily%20Cover%20Your%2055%20Dollar%20Membership" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <div align="center">&nbsp;</div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/These%206%20Costco%20Items%20Will%20Easily%20Cover%20Your%2055%20Dollar%20Membership.jpg" alt="These 6 Costco Items Will Easily Cover Your 55 Dollar Membership" width="250" height="374" /></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/these-6-costco-items-will-easily-cover-your-55-membership">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/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-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-sneaky-ways-wholesale-clubs-get-you-to-you-spend-more">8 Sneaky Ways Wholesale Clubs Get You to You Spend More</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/shop-in-stores-with-concrete-floors">“Shop in stores with concrete floors.”</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/8-expert-ways-to-save-time-and-money-at-costco">8 Expert Ways to Save Time and Money 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/13-food-items-to-always-buy-in-bulk">13 Food Items to Always Buy in Bulk</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping costco membership fees warehouse stores wholesale Mon, 17 Aug 2015 15:00:32 +0000 Kyle James 1523946 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Creative Ways to Save Money With Bulk Buying http://www.wisebread.com/6-creative-ways-to-save-money-with-bulk-buying <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-creative-ways-to-save-money-with-bulk-buying" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/farmers_market_000038571134.jpg" alt="Woman buying food in bulk at farmers market" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When it comes to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/bulk-buying-basics-what-to-buy-how-to-store-and-money-saving-tips">buying in bulk</a>, warehouse clubs get all the publicity. But there's a lot of stuff they simply don't sell, or the amounts they do sell just aren't big enough. It's times like these when some out-of-the-box thinking on bulk buying comes in handy. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-didnt-know-you-could-buy-in-bulk?ref=seealso">10 Things You Didn&rsquo;t Know You Could Buy in Bulk</a>)</p> <p>Below are some <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-food-items-to-always-buy-in-bulk">bulk buying ideas</a> that you've probably never considered, but could end up saving you significant money.</p> <h2>1. Home Improvement Materials</h2> <p>If you're considering a significant home improvement project and want to tackle the work yourself, look into buying in bulk at the <a href="http://www.homedepot.com/c/Pro_VolumePricing"> Home Depot Pro Desk</a>. If you spend at least $2,500, you're eligible for exclusive savings and rewards when buying building supplies like lumber, masonry, nails, screws, and sheetrock.</p> <p>If you're doing landscape work at your house and the idea of hauling 25 bags of bark is overwhelming, consider buying landscaping materials in bulk from a local supplier. If you don't own a truck, borrow a friend's and haul things like bark, rock, and soil directly to your home and easily save 25% to 50%, depending on the material.</p> <h2>2. Online &quot;Subscribe &amp; Save&quot; Programs</h2> <p>It seems like every other person you see at Costco or Sam's Club pushes a cart around with a huge package of toilet paper or dog food hanging over the edge. While these are often good bulk buys, did you know that you can typically get the same products mailed directly to your home via online &quot;Subscribe &amp; Save&quot; programs? The two big players are <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/subscribe-and-save/details/?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=JBPXV7KSAISOFU6R"> Amazon</a> and<a href="http://goto.target.com/c/27771/81938/2092?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.target.com%2Fc%2Ftarget-subscriptions-ways-to-shop%2F-%2FN-55b84"> Target</a>, and their pricing is surprisingly competitive. They both offer free membership, free delivery, and Amazon even offers 15% off if you have at least three items mailed to your home on a regular schedule.</p> <p>If you are a busy parent, and love the idea of having certain items sent to your doorstep on a regular schedule, you should definitely look into it. Some of the popular items include diapers, toilet paper, laundry detergent, dog food, shampoo, soap, and paper towels. The best part of both programs is the flexibility. If, for example, you have enough toilet paper to last six months, you can easily postpone future deliveries with no penalty.</p> <h2>3. Meat</h2> <p>If you have the freezer space, consider teaming up with friends or family and buying half a hog or a quarter of a steer.</p> <p>First, consider purchasing a 4-H project animal from your local county fair. You'll pay more than market price in most cases, but you'll be supporting local 4-H kids and end up with very high quality, antibiotic-free meat.</p> <p>Second, check out your local butcher shop for bulk meat buys. For example, my local butcher shop has a &quot;beef deal&quot; for five pounds of each of the following: round steak, chuck steak, 7-bone chuck roast, short ribs, and ground beef. Total price = $89.99 or $3.60/pound. If you have the freezer space, it's a great way to stock up and save.</p> <h2>4. Gift Cards</h2> <p>I have two kids who play youth sports year-round, and we are constantly buying coach gifts. Gift cards make awesome presents, especially when you buy in bulk from Costco. I recently bought five $10 Jamba Juice gift cards for only $30. So the next time you are hard up for a gift for a coach, teacher, or friend, swing by Costco and stock up on the cheap. Another cool thing about buying gift cards from Costco is they often feature <em>local </em>restaurants and businesses in addition to the usual chains.</p> <h2>5. Gas</h2> <p>For a $30 annual membership fee, <a href="http://www.mygallons.com/">MyGallons</a> will allow you to buy a large portion of gas at the current price. The service basically protects against a gas price increase over the coming months or years. You fill up at the station of your choice, and get a credit to your checking account or MyGallons debit card whenever you buy gas for more than your &quot;buy-in&quot; price. If gas prices go down, you can hold your gallons indefinitely until prices go up again, which they undoubtedly will. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-gas-rewards-credit-cards">Best Gas Rewards Credit Cards</a>)</p> <h2>6. Fruit and Veggies</h2> <p>If your family devours fruits and veggies like they are going out of style, you know just how expensive it can be to keep the fridge stocked. The absolute best way to stock up and save is by purchasing straight from the grower. Summer and fall are terrific times to hit up local farms, roadside stands, and farmer markets. I buy apples, apricots, peaches, and nectarines by the bushel basket from a local farm and typically negotiate a price 25%-40% cheaper than the grocery store.</p> <p>Also, ask local farmers if they have any &quot;seconds&quot; available to score a great deal on fruit and veggies that may not be perfectly shaped or colored, but still taste amazing. We are talking 50% off compared to the price of &quot;perfect&quot; varieties. By building a rapport with the farmer, they'll let you in on some great bulk buys.</p> <p><em>What is the most out-of-the-box bulk purchase you have ever made and how much did it save you?</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/6-creative-ways-to-save-money-with-bulk-buying">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/save-100s-next-month-with-these-10-grocery-shopping-tips">Save $100s Next Month With These 10 Grocery Shopping Tips</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-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-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/20-easy-ways-to-stretch-your-grocery-dollars">20 Easy Ways to Stretch Your Grocery Dollars</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-places-to-get-coupons-online">The Best Places to Get Coupons Online</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Budgeting Shopping building materials bulk Food gas groceries subscriber programs warehouse stores Tue, 07 Apr 2015 13:00:08 +0000 Kyle James 1370265 at http://www.wisebread.com 13 Food Items to Always Buy in Bulk http://www.wisebread.com/13-food-items-to-always-buy-in-bulk <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/13-food-items-to-always-buy-in-bulk" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple_buying_wine_000019154731.jpg" alt="Couple at the store buying wine in bulk" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It can be hard to decide what's worth buying in bulk. Are you getting a better deal? Will you use all of an item before it goes bad? (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/bulk-buying-basics-what-to-buy-how-to-store-and-money-saving-tips?ref=seealso">Bulk Buying Basics: What to Buy and Money Saving Tips</a>)</p> <p>Be sure to follow some general rules when you go shopping: Only buy things you always use and use often. Don't buy something you don't know if you like; try a single serving first (for example, a soup brand you like, but a new flavor you haven't tried). And, of course, always consult this list. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-didnt-know-you-could-buy-in-bulk?ref=seealso">10 Things You Didn't Know You Could Buy in Bulk</a>)</p> <h2>1. Alcohol</h2> <p>If you're having a party, you can save some real cash by buying booze in bulk. The bigger the package of beer, the better the deal, and the same goes for spirits. Warehouse stores can offer some real savings, and in some states you don't have to be a member to buy alcohol. Even if you're buying wine from a wine shop, most offer discounts of 5%-15% for a case of 12.</p> <h2>2. Beans</h2> <p>Whether you buy your beans canned or dried, they last a long time and don't run a high risk of going bad before you use them all up. Dried beans offer the biggest savings, and can be cheaper when bought in larger quantities or from a bulk bin. When shopping at Costco or Sam's Club, packages of multiple cans of beans offer a per-can discount of around 15%.</p> <h2>3. Pasta</h2> <p>If you're a pasta lover, stop buying your dried pasta just one little package at a time. You can save up to 40% off the supermarket price by buying in bulk, including whole wheat varieties. The <a href="http://shelflifeadvice.com/grains-pasta-and-cereal/grains-and-pasta/pasta">shelf life of dried pasta</a> is up to two years in air-tight packaging, and many families eat it often, making it a bulk-buy must.</p> <h2>4. Oats</h2> <p>If you enjoy making oatmeal or baked goods using oats or oat flour, then you may want to consider buying wholesale. If you have the space and will use 50 pounds of oats, you can save nearly 70%. Even if you're buying out of the bulk bin or in bigger bags, there are still savings to be had. Make sure you store your oats in an airtight container.</p> <h2>5. Spices</h2> <p>The price difference for <a href="http://allnaturalsavings.com/2014/07/22/bulk-food-vs-packaged-food-price-comparisons/">bulk spices</a> and packaged spices at the grocery store can be huge. However, if you buy five pounds of cinnamon and then don't use it, then it's money wasted. Only buy spices in amounts that you know you'll use. This can be a great time to visit the bulk section of the market and measure out how much you want. One spice that's especially great to buy in bigger amounts is peppercorns. The whole variety keeps for longer, and since pepper goes in nearly everything, you'll keep your pepper mill stocked for cheaper.</p> <h2>6. Meat</h2> <p>If your family loves meat and you cook it often, then go ahead and buy ahead. The key to buying meat in bulk is to portion it out, wrap and package it well, and freeze it. If done properly, meat can last up to one year in a freezer. Be sure to compare prices, since sales at supermarkets can sometimes beat out warehouse store prices.</p> <h2>7. Dried Fruit</h2> <p>A great healthy snack, dried fruit can unfortunately be expensive. It's frequently cheaper at warehouse stores, assuming you will use all of those dried cranberries in a reasonable amount of time. If you shop at a grocery store with bulk bins, dried fruit can be a great buy. Make sure that you buy from bins that are busy and therefore get refilled often.</p> <h2>8. Canned Tomatoes</h2> <p>Canned tomatoes are an item used by home cooks and chefs alike, and they're more than handy to have around. They also last, so they're a great bulk buy. Buying a six-pack at a warehouse store can add up to 25% savings, and won't even take up that much room in your pantry.</p> <h2>9. Coffee</h2> <p>If you're a frequent coffee drinker and you don't buy your coffee in bulk, then it's time to make the switch. It makes economic sense as well as ecological sense. Buying in bulk <a href="http://www.bulkisgreen.org/bulk-questions-answers_5067_ct.aspx">saves on packaging</a>, and you'll get your fix all the same. It's best to buy whole beans, which stay fresh for longer and offer more flavor when freshly ground.</p> <h2>10. Rice and Grains</h2> <p>Grains are another great dry good to stock up on and save money. Buying bigger bags tend to offer real savings, as does buying from the bulk bin. Grains last as long as they are stored properly, but keep in mind that rice and <a href="http://wholegrainscouncil.org/recipes/storing-whole-grains">whole grain shelf lives</a> differ. For example, brown rice spoils faster because of higher oil content. Keep grains in a sealed container, away from sunlight and heat.</p> <h2>11. Sugar</h2> <p>For the bakers out there, going for the big bag of sugar should be a no-brainer. At Costco, you can <a href="http://allnaturalsavings.com/2013/10/28/costco-price-list-vs-grocery-store-price-list/">save 25% on sugar</a> by purchasing ten pounds rather than a two-pound bag. When stored in a cool and dry place, white sugar practically lasts forever. No need to beg for a cup from the neighbors!</p> <h2>12. Oils</h2> <p>Cooking oils such as olive oil are consistently cheaper when purchased in larger quantities, and if you cook with them often, go big. When specifically buying olive oil, make sure the glass container is a dark green to keep out sunlight, or buy in a metal container and transfer smaller amounts to your own bottle. Note that <a href="http://www.eatbydate.com/other/condiments/how-long-does-oil-last/">oil will go rancid</a>, so don't buy more than you can use.</p> <h2>13. Maple Syrup</h2> <p>Good maple syrup can be a costly food item, really putting a damper on your pancake breakfast plans. Luckily, the price gets a little more reasonable the bigger the container. You can order it online or visit a big box store &mdash; just compare price per ounce to get the best deal. Stored properly, it'll last for several months and drown dozens of pancakes.</p> <p><em>What are your regular bulk buys. Please share in comments &mdash; you have plenty!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/laurel-randolph">Laurel Randolph</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-food-items-to-always-buy-in-bulk">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/how-smart-shoppers-will-save-at-amazons-whole-foods">How Smart Shoppers Will Save at Amazon&#039;s Whole Foods</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/6-creative-ways-to-save-money-with-bulk-buying">6 Creative Ways to Save Money With Bulk Buying</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/these-6-costco-items-will-easily-cover-your-55-membership">These 6 Costco Items Will Easily Cover Your $55 Membership</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/how-to-shop-for-food-once-a-month-and-save-big">How to Shop for Food Once a Month and Save Big</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/6-ways-having-your-groceries-delivered-can-save-you-money">6 Ways Having Your Groceries Delivered Can Save You Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Shopping bulk saving money warehouse stores wholesale Wed, 25 Mar 2015 15:00:07 +0000 Laurel Randolph 1353920 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Secret Tactics for Shopping at Warehouse Stores http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-secret-tactics-for-shopping-at-warehouse-stores <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-secret-tactics-for-shopping-at-warehouse-stores" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-shopping-178630538-small.jpg" alt="woman shopping" title="woman shopping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some terrific articles on secret tactics for shopping at warehouse stores, getting organized even when you don't have time, and conquering indecision.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/7-secret-tactics-warehouse-stores-dont-want-you-know">7 Secret Tactics Warehouse Stores Don't Want You to Know</a> &mdash; Beware the fear of missing out! If you don't really need or want something, it doesn't matter if it won't be available for purchase next week. [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://www.getorganizedwizard.com/blog/2014/11/10-quick-tips-master-time-management/">10 Quick Tips to Get Organized When You're Short on Time</a> &mdash; Setting time frames for your daily tasks will help you keep up with your schedule. [Get Organized Wizard]</p> <p><a href="http://www.stevenaitchison.co.uk/blog/8-truths-to-conquering-indecision">8 Truths to Conquering Indecision</a> &mdash; Know that it's OK to change your mind &mdash; any decision can be replaced by another. [Change Your Thoughts - Change Your Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Neat-Freak-Tips-35312800">How to Become the Neat Freak You've Always Dreamed of Being</a> &mdash; Buy or make drawer dividers to organize your underwear, socks, and everything else. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://moneyminiblog.com/family/family-productivity/">How to Increase Your Entire Family's Productivity</a> &mdash; And the end of the week, get together with your spouse to prepare next week's schedule. This way, you'll both know what's coming up. [Money Mini Blog]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.mybanktracker.com/news/20-something-spending-habits-to-avoid">4 Bad Spending Habits to Avoid in Your 20s</a> &mdash; Don't splurge on experiences at the expense of your savings account! You can create lasting memories without the lasting debt. [My Bank Tracker]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneywisdom.com/save-money-like-boss/">Save Money Like a Boss</a> &mdash; Business owners think in terms of assets and liabilities &mdash; you can do the same with your finances. What assets are bringing in money, and what liabilities are taking money out of your wallet? [Free Wisdom]</p> <p><a href="http://www.creditdonkey.com/financial-aid-mistakes.html">23 Financial Aid Mistakes to Avoid</a> &mdash; Leaving blank spaces on your FAFSA may delay the processing of your application. If you don't know the answer to a question, or it doesn't apply to you, enter &quot;0&quot; or &quot;Not Applicable.&quot; [Credit Donkey]</p> <p><a href="http://www.debtroundup.com/gratitude-breeds-success/">How Gratitude Breeds Success</a> &mdash; True gratitude encourages you to focus on reaching your goals in a way that benefits others as well as yourself. [Debt Roundup]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/how-to-survive-the-holidays-with-your-in-laws">How to Survive the Holidays With Your In-Laws</a> &mdash; Avoid hot button topics that you know will provoke an argument. [Parenting Squad]</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-money-tips-secret-tactics-for-shopping-at-warehouse-stores">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/these-6-costco-items-will-easily-cover-your-55-membership">These 6 Costco Items Will Easily Cover Your $55 Membership</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/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-3 views-row-odd"> <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-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-creative-ways-to-save-money-with-bulk-buying">6 Creative Ways to Save Money With Bulk Buying</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/13-food-items-to-always-buy-in-bulk">13 Food Items to Always Buy in Bulk</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping best money tips warehouse stores Mon, 17 Nov 2014 20:00:04 +0000 Amy Lu 1255767 at http://www.wisebread.com 25 Things You Shouldn't Buy at the Grocery Store http://www.wisebread.com/25-things-you-shouldnt-buy-at-the-grocery-store <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/25-things-you-shouldnt-buy-at-the-grocery-store" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/produce_shopper.jpg" alt="Woman shopping for produce" title="Woman shopping for produce" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We've all done it &mdash; grabbed a candy bar or gossip magazine while waiting in the checkout line at the grocery store. Without realizing it, we've just thrown our meticulous shopping out the window for the sake of convenience and a last-minute treat. Such quick spending decisions can add up over time. </p> <p>There are plenty of purchases at the grocery store that can be avoided with a little forethought. They can be found cheaper elsewhere, which I admit is a hassle if you want to finish your shopping trip at one store and get it over with. But with some planning and the strength to avoid last-minute shopping for things you forgot, you can save money by buying these 25 things elsewhere. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-overpriced-grocery-items-to-skip">8 Overpriced Grocery Items to Skip</a>)</p> <h2>1. Magazines</h2> <p>Let's start with the common item that catches your eye while waiting in line. The headlines and photos are meant to grab your attention, and while a quick glance through may be worth a minute or two, don't give in and buy them. You'll pay the full cover price at the grocery store, and even if they give a 10% discount, it's still a ripoff. If you're only going to read that particular magazine once, go to the library, borrow an issue from a friend, or go to the magazine's website to read a few articles. If you want every issue (or even just a few) it's a lot cheaper to subscribe.</p> <h2>2. Organic Fruits and Vegetables</h2> <p>Compare supermarket prices of organic and non-organic fruits and vegetables, and all of the organic ones will likely be higher &mdash; much higher. If it's in-season (apples in the fall, watermelon in summer), find your local farmers market. You should find cheaper prices there for organic fruit and vegs that should taste a lot better than something trucked to your store.</p> <h2>3. Batteries</h2> <p>You can save 70% by buying in bulk at Costco, or better yet, buy rechargeable batteries for a higher upfront cost that will save you a lot of cash over the year. Department stores such as CVS often have much better sales on rechargeable batteries than grocery stores do.</p> <h2>4. Cakes</h2> <p>This goes for many things that are pre-made at a grocery store, but cakes are one of the top ones. You're paying for a baker's time and expertise in making a cake for you. For a lot less money, you can make one at home. Then again, your time may be worth enough that it makes sense to pay someone to bake the cake for you.</p> <h2>5. Cut-Up Stew Meat</h2> <p>This is another instance where paying for convenience doesn't make sense. Stew meat is comprised of some of the cheapest cuts of meat, so paying for it to be cut up into chunks just adds profit back to something that should be inexpensive to begin with. Grab a knife when you get home. If you can't do that, then buy a big piece of meat at the grocey store and ask the butcher to cut it up for you for free.</p> <h2>6. Pre-Cut Vegetables</h2> <p>You're not saving as much time as you think you are by buying pre-cut vegetables. Get to know your meal by washing and cutting veggies yourself, and don't pay a supermarket employee to do it for you. Same goes for fruit. You can slice a watermelon at home for free.</p> <h2>7. Anything Cooked or Made at the Store</h2> <p>Like buying cakes, buying friend chicken or going to the deli department and paying someone to make you a sandwich carries a hefty price for the convenience of not doing it yourself. That may be worth it to you. But if you want to save money, do it at home. Think ahead and buy everything you need to make sandwiches for the week, and make them at home for at least half the cost of what the store charges.</p> <h2>8. Canned Goods Not on Sale</h2> <p>Grocery stores mark up canned goods a lot &mdash; 50% is common &mdash; because they're often staples that people use a lot. Canned soup, for example, is a big seller in the fall and winter, and eventually a sale will lower the price. When you see a sale for something you buy often, stock up.</p> <h2>9. Deli Cheese</h2> <p>Many things in the deli section are more expensive than they are elsewhere in the grocery store, so it's a good area to avoid. Fancy cheeses can be found in the dairy section for a lot less money.</p> <h2>10. Spices</h2> <p>Name-brand spices especially are more expensive at a grocery store than at a natural food store. Instead of paying a few dollars for a spice you use regularly, you'll pay pennies at a health food store.</p> <h2>11. Fruit With a Short Shelf Life</h2> <p>Berries are notorious for getting moldy within a few days of purchase, and grocery stores charge more for such fruit because they have to cover their cost for the spoiled fruit that doesn't sell and they have to throw away. Either buy it fresh at the farmers market, where it's more likely to be freshly picked and won't go bad as quickly, or pay up and eat it soon.</p> <h2>12. Bottled Water</h2> <p>You probably already know that bottled water is a waste of money and that free tap water at home is just as safe. But if you're going to buy bottled water, buy it in bulk at Costco or another discount store, or at least buy generic brands that cost less. While water is a staple of life, bottled water at a grocery store is overpriced and should be avoided.</p> <h2>13. Cereal</h2> <p>The markup is too high to make a box of cereal worthwhile. Either wait for a sale or buy a two-pack box at a warehouse store. I'm not trying to say that bulk stores are the answer to all of your grocery-shopping problems, but this is another area where they make a lot of financial sense.</p> <h2>14. Detergent</h2> <p>Warehouse stores beat supermarkets in this area too, and online stores such as Target have better prices. If it's something you use a lot of, you might as well stock up.</p> <h2>15. Toothbrushes</h2> <p>If you can't get these free from your dentist, get another dentist. A regular pharmacy should be able to sell you a toothbrush or dental floss for a cheaper price than a grocery store can.</p> <h2>16. Greeting Cards</h2> <p>I have yet to see these sold at anything but full price at a grocery store. $2.99 for a paper card with printed thoughts from someone else? No thanks. Buy them in bulk online, make one yourself, or even better, have your kid make cards and pay them half of what you'd pay a grocery store. </p> <h2>17. Party Supplies</h2> <p>Candles, birthday hats, and paper plates are some of the party supplies that supermarkets stock for shoppers' convenience. Go to a dollar store or party supply store for lower prices.</p> <h2>18. Light Bulbs</h2> <p>Like any hardware item you'll find in a grocery store, it's probably a lot cheaper at a hardware store that specializes in such things. Again, you're paying for the convenience of having many things on your shopping list for sale at a grocery store, but don't let a darkened light bulb at home make you buy one immediately.</p> <h2>19. Bakeware</h2> <p>This is another item that's at the grocery store for your convenience, but the high price of a baking pan, cooking utensils, or similar kitchen products is often so high that you're better off shopping elsewhere. Baking cookies may be a spur-of-the-moment decision, but a good baking sheet should be a staple of every home.</p> <h2>20. Cosmetics</h2> <p>Like toothbrushes and other such products, most skin-care items can be bought cheaper at a drugstore.</p> <h2>21. Swiffer Cloths</h2> <p>These popular dusters are great for cleaning, but the replacement cloths can be bought a lot cheaper at a dollar store. Or tie an old rag to the device and sweep away.</p> <h2>22. Beer</h2> <p>Like many things at a grocery store, unless beer is on sale, skip it and go to a discount liquor store. You'll find the same brands at cheaper prices.</p> <h2>23. Diapers</h2> <p>Not that they go together with beer, but unless they're on sale, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-places-to-get-cheaper-diapers">diapers can be found cheaper</a> at department stores.</p> <h2>24. Rotisserie Chicken</h2> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-things-to-do-with-rotisserie-chicken">Rotisserie chickens</a> look good under the hot bulbs at the supermarket, but you'll likely find them cheaper at warehouse stores. And you'll get a bigger bird for your money elsewhere &mdash; giving you more leftovers to enjoy.</p> <h2>25. Milk</h2> <p>Yes, it's a staple at most houses and is needed so often that a quick trip to the grocery store is worth it as far as saving time. But a gallon of milk is usually half the cost at a warehouse store, so if you don't mind the crowds and are there for other purchases, grab some cheaper milk.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/aaron-crowe">Aaron Crowe</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-things-you-shouldnt-buy-at-the-grocery-store">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-3"> <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/why-theres-no-reason-not-to-buy-store-brand-baby-formula">Why there&#039;s no reason NOT to buy store brand baby formula.</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/5-frugal-rules-you-must-follow-when-shopping-at-costco">5 Frugal Rules You Must Follow When Shopping at Costco</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-things-other-grocery-stores-should-steal-from-trader-joes">5 Things Other Grocery Stores Should Steal from Trader Joe&#039;s</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/buy-your-groceries-european-style">Buy Your Groceries European-Style</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/canned-vs-dried-beans-which-are-cheaper">Canned vs. Dried Beans: Which Are Cheaper?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink cheap groceries target warehouse stores Wed, 10 Oct 2012 10:36:44 +0000 Aaron Crowe 954918 at http://www.wisebread.com Maximize Your Membership: 16 Tips to Shopping Warehouse Stores http://www.wisebread.com/maximize-your-membership-16-tips-to-shopping-warehouse-stores <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/maximize-your-membership-16-tips-to-shopping-warehouse-stores" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/2937157436_007c50dfe0.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="195" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>More than one-third of 1,900 consumers recently surveyed by <a href="http://www.thefrugalshopper.com/articles/warehouse.shtml" rel="nofollow">The Frugal Shopper</a> said their &quot;favorite way to save money&quot; was to shop warehouse clubs. Clearly, the recession has given these super-super-super-sized stores a boost. More than 75 million cardholders shop the 500-plus warehouse stores spread across the country.</p> <p>Some find the price savings invaluable to reign-in tight budgets. Others are simply confused by these stores that average more than 100,000 square feet and offer everything from creamed soup to caskets.</p> <p>Warehouse stores are no-frills and no-service discount stores, usually located in low-rent areas. Many grocery chains now have their own warehouse stores, which allow them to attract low-income, value-conscious buyers while maximizing their buying power. Major warehouse stores include <a href="http://www.samsclub.com/shopping/index.jsp">Sam's Club</a>, <a href="http://www.costco.com/">Costco</a>, <a href="http://www.bjs.com/">BJ's Wholesale Clubs</a>, and <a href="http://www.food4less.com/Pages/default.aspx">Kroger's Food4Less</a>. Some clubs focus on a single type of merchandise, such as clothing, children's products or pet supplies.</p> <p>Coupon Sherpa compiled 16 guidelines to help you make the most of your warehouse club membership.</p> <h3>1. Membership Fees</h3> <p>Paying for the privilege to shop seems like an oxymoron. Shouldn't THEY be paying us to shop their stores? Do the math, however, and you may find the $30 to $50 annual fee is well worth 365 days of savings. As a rule of thumb, you'll need to spend at least $250 annually to justify the fee. Keep in mind the value of a membership also greatly depends on the location of the store, as well as your family's size, shopping and cooking habits and available storage space.</p> <h3>2. Split a Membership</h3> <p>Split the cost of membership dues with another family or friend and you'll only need to spend about $125 per year to cover the cost of the card. Check with each store to make sure they allow membership splitting, however.</p> <h3>3. Shop for Prescription Drugs</h3> <p>Federal law stipulates warehouse stores may not require club membership to use the pharmacy, meaning you don't need to recoup a membership fee to save money on prescriptions. Many prescriptions are substantially cheaper through warehouses, so this can be a real boon to your budget. For example, 100 pills that cost $40 at WalMart may run just $10 to $12 a Sam's Club. Surveys indicate you can save anywhere from 25-percent to 77-percent on many prescriptions at a warehouse.</p> <h3>4. Payment Methods</h3> <p>Many clubs don't accept credit cards, preferring you pay using cash, checks, or debit cards. If this is going to be a problem each time you shop, it may not be worth your while.</p> <h3>5. Make a List</h3> <p>Warehouse stores depend on impulse shoppers for hefty profits. How many shoppers pop in for a gallon of milk and come out with two full shopping carts. Buying in bulk fills those carts fast, so make a list and stick to it.</p> <h3>6. Pull Back on the Perishables</h3> <p>The prices on bananas or artichokes may be mighty tempting, but perishable items as produce, breads, and dairy products may go bad long before you can use them. Check expiration dates &mdash; even on batteries &mdash; to make sure you'll use up the product before it expires.</p> <h3>7. Not Everything is Cheaper</h3> <p>You'll want to shop elsewhere for paper products, cereals, pet food, can goods, and snacks as warehouse prices on these items rarely prove to be a good deal.</p> <h3>8. Comparison Shop</h3> <p>Don't assume the warehouse price is the lowest price available. It helps to have a rough idea of supermarket versus club per-unit prices for commonly purchased items. Unit prices are usually listed as &quot;cost per pound,&quot; &quot;cost per tissues,&quot; etc. and are listed at the bottom of price tabs on store shelves. In some cases, you can comparison shop on the Web before heading out to the warehouse.</p> <h3>9. Consider Gas Prices</h3> <p>Gas is generally 5 to 10 cents per gallon cheaper than local stations. If you do a lot of driving, it'll take no time to recoup your membership fee. A Costco membership also entitles you to a free tire check and refill.</p> <h3>10. Wine, Beer, and Liquor</h3> <p>Most clubs sell alcohol at an amazing discount. For example, a 30-pack of 12-ounce Coors cans averages $17.50 at Sam's Club, nearly $4 less than at your local Stop &amp; Shop.</p> <h3>11. Shop the Periphery</h3> <p>The middle aisles are filled with discretionary-spending items (aka non-necessities), while row ends push sale items that aren't always that good a price.</p> <h3>12. You Snooze, You Lose</h3> <p>Inventory turns over rapidly and may be replaced by an entirely different brand the next time you shop. If you spot something you frequently use in the brand you prefer, grab it.</p> <h3>13. High-ticket Items</h3> <p>Electronics, furnishings, and appliances are often sold at deep discounts, as compared to major-chain stores. Don't compromise, however, on brand, style, or quality just to save money. You may end up with a product that doesn't suit your needs and will disintegrate before your eyes. When comparing high-ticket prices, however, keep in mind that most membership stores don't charge a restocking fee, as opposed to big electronic stores that may charge up to 15 percent on returns.</p> <h3>14. Shop for the Office</h3> <p>Some Clubs offer executive memberships to small-business owners that include a two-percent annual return on expenditures. It's a great way to stock up on frequently used items, like paper and pens, and such major purchases as office furniture, computer peripherals, etc. Again, research quality before you buy.</p> <h3>15. Know the Benefits</h3> <p>Read the brochure so you'll know all the benefits included in your membership, such as discounts on carpet cleaning, automotive services and more.</p> <h3>16. Break It Down</h3> <p>After unpacking your bags and boxes at home, separate large combo-packs into smaller packages for easier storage. For example, divide packets of multiple-chicken breasts into freezer bags containing one or two breasts so you need only defrost as many breasts as you need for a meal.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This is a guest post by the <a href="http://www.couponsherpa.com/ask-coupon-sherpa/">Coupon Sherpa</a>, a source of reliable online, printable and grocery coupons. You can download the free <a href="http://www.couponsherpa.com/mobile-coupons/">Coupon Sherpa iPhone app</a> with in-store mobile coupons, or check out more great tips from the <a href="http://www.couponsherpa.com/ask-coupon-sherpa/">Ask Coupon Sherpa blog</a>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.couponsherpa.com/ask-coupon-sherpa/6-tips-to-shopping-consignment-stores/">6 Tips to Shopping Consignment Stores</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.couponsherpa.com/ask-coupon-sherpa/5-ways-to-sell-your-stuff/">5 Ways to Sell Your Stuff</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.couponsherpa.com/ask-coupon-sherpa/9-steps-to-shopping-for-gluten-free-foods/">9 Steps to Shopping for Gluten-Free Foods</a></li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/coupon-sherpa">Coupon Sherpa</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/maximize-your-membership-16-tips-to-shopping-warehouse-stores">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/8-sneaky-ways-wholesale-clubs-get-you-to-you-spend-more">8 Sneaky Ways Wholesale Clubs Get You to You Spend More</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/shop-in-stores-with-concrete-floors">“Shop in stores with concrete floors.”</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/calculate-the-stock-up-price-to-save-on-these-baby-essentials">Calculate the &quot;Stock Up Price&quot; to Save on These Baby Essentials</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/these-6-costco-items-will-easily-cover-your-55-membership">These 6 Costco Items Will Easily Cover Your $55 Membership</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/25-ways-to-lower-your-grocery-bill">25 Ways to Lower Your Grocery Bill</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Bulk buying warehouse stores Mon, 18 Jan 2010 15:00:02 +0000 Coupon Sherpa 4650 at http://www.wisebread.com “Shop in stores with concrete floors.” http://www.wisebread.com/shop-in-stores-with-concrete-floors <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/shop-in-stores-with-concrete-floors" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000016470480_Large.jpg" alt="costco store" title="costco store" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A self-made millionaire gave me that little nugget of wisdom. And boy oh boy, he was dead on the money. Basically, those huge warehouse stores (like Costco, Sam&rsquo;s Club, and BJ's) are a treasure trove of cheap deals for the frugal shopper.</p> <p>Now, I&rsquo;m not suggesting everything they sell is quite right for your needs. A five-gallon drum of relish is probably going to go bad long before I get to use even half of it. But when it comes to things like toilet paper, cling wrap, aluminum foil, freezer goods, meats, anything like that, you&rsquo;re getting a steal. I bought an industrial size roll of aluminum foil two years ago, and it&rsquo;s still looking like it could last another two years.</p> <p>Admittedly, the big stores are members-only places, and usually you pay anywhere from $30-$100 per year for the right to shop there. But you&rsquo;ll make that back on your first big shop. I know I did. And on some of the larger electronic items, furniture, fridges, washers and driers, well, the price of admission is worth it to get that huge discount on one big purchase.<span>&nbsp;(See also:&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-6-costco-items-will-easily-cover-your-55-membership?ref=seealsp">These 6 Costco Items Will Easily Cover Your $55 Membership</a>)</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re still not convinced, go by your local warehouse store and see the deals for yourself. Most of them will give you a pass to go and look around for free. Some even give you a one-day special, allowing you to buy whatever you want without paying the membership fee. But trust me, you&rsquo;ll find way too many low prices to ever think about shopping at a regular grocery store again. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/maximize-your-membership-16-tips-to-shopping-warehouse-stores?ref=seealso">16 Tips to Shopping Warehouse Stores</a>)</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/shop-in-stores-with-concrete-floors">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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