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Do You Belong to a Wholesale Club?

Your Two Cents: Do You Belong to a Wholesale Club?

Buying in bulk can be a great way to save money on grocery and household goods. You may be spending more up front, but the unit cost of some products sold at wholesale warehouse clubs like Costco means that you're spending less in the long run.

One downside to joining these clubs is there's an annual membership fee. Lucky for East Coasters, BJ's Wholesale Club is offering a free 60-day membership to see if bulk shopping is good for your budget (you need to present a coupon, valid through July 6).


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jpq123 jpq123 8 years
I don't for a couple of reasons. I hate to shop and I especially hate to shop in big stores. I find I can save shopping in smaller grocery stores with careful use of coupons and using weekly fliers. Also, there is not much to distract me. I always shop with a list.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Nope. I'd have to drive almost an hour to get to the nearest Sam's Club and I don't think I'd save enough money to justify having the membership. Plus, I'd probably just get tempted by all the stuff there that I'd end up spending even MORE money.
codewhiz codewhiz 8 years
No and we even have a Costco (I still like to call it Price Club) near us. I figured we'd have to spend $75 per month for the membership to be worth it.
lickety-split lickety-split 8 years
costco! their food prices are amazing. we also just bought 2 couches and a california king matress there and the total price delivered was $1,800. their prices can't be beat.
Liss1 Liss1 8 years
BJ's. Now that we bought a house and actually have storage i can stock up a lot more. They really do have good deals, the deli meats are so much cheaper than the grocery store and the milk is like half the price. I find it worth it. But as mentioned above it is packed on the weekends and it is really stressful.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Nope, I don't have room in my apt to buy in bulk. Well unless I want to live among boxes.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i do belong to Costco and even though i don't go there as much as i used to when i lived in a different state than my mom - i still do go from time to time. she goes now and gets me stuff so it's not like i pay for the membership
brownsuga928 brownsuga928 8 years
Sam's Club
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 8 years
Costco. I'm with kashore - it freaks me out to see all of the unhealthy, overprocessed crap they sell to the masses. I usually end up buying pet food/supplies, rice, pasta and other staples there. Oh and pepperoncinis and artichoke hearts are super cheap there!
dm8bri dm8bri 8 years
Costco. I agree with others that it doesn't really suit the apartment/city lifestyle so well, but buying toilet paper in bulk can be a glorious thing! And, discounts on gas and electronics and wine and all of that can be useful, as PrincessLtrain said. However, I try to shop local/sustainably for the fresh stuff.
Deidre Deidre 8 years
Nah. Doesn't make sense with my lifestyle (tiny apartment, rarely drives, farmers market, blah blah blah).
PrincessLtrain PrincessLtrain 8 years
Although I live alone, I love my Costco membership! You can't beat their prices on fresh seafood, alcohol, photo services, fresh flowers, gas, etc. I avoid the weekends like the plague, but right after work is a great time to go! I live alone in an apartment, so things like toilet paper aren't option for me (I have no room for 48 rolls at a time) but the four pack of extra large shave gel? That has my name all over it!
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
CostCo represent! I'm an Executive Club member I get money back for shopping at the CostCo.
kashore kashore 8 years
Costco, just me and my husband. We both find shopping there to be a bit disgusting... huge excesses of packaged, over-processed foods. But the prices on some staples cannot be beat. It helps to identify what your limiting factors are for food and see if the bulk stores can help. For us, we would always run out of yogurt, bananas, and pasta. Now we can pick up a month's supply in a single trip to Costo and not have to pop into the regular grocery store an extra 1-2 times a week when we'd run low. Tip - never go on weekends - it's way too busy!
MrsRachel MrsRachel 8 years
Yes, Peggasus, I agree! Although, sometimes I do buy stuff at Wal-Mart--but lately only when I have coupons that make stuff free or nearly free!
Peggasus Peggasus 8 years
I used to belong to Sam's years ago, but I don't anymore because I strongly disagree with their (WalMart's) corporate practices and philosophy. I'd rather pay extra somewhere else.
mondaymoos mondaymoos 8 years
It's just me in the apt, so buying bulk wouldn't make much sense. :P
supercoolnat supercoolnat 8 years
Not any more. It's too far, extremely crowded with rude people, and you buying large amounts of stuff you don't need just because you think you're saving money. No matter how much my husband likes the rotisserie chicken, it's not worth the membership $$ or the misery.
pharm_chick pharm_chick 8 years
i was part of sams, but my membership is almost up. maybe ill join costco this time around
care0531 care0531 8 years
I used to be a member at Costco but I live in South Florida and all the snowbirds in season pack that place up and it's nuts! I work during the week and when I can get there on the weekend that place is slammed! All the old people waiting for their free samples!!! THAT WAS ENOUGH TO KEEP ME AWAY! I have my parents who are retired and can go during the slower hours pick me up stuff when I really need it.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
miss-malone miss-malone 8 years
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