Warehouse Clubs – Are They Worth It?

by Marcy on March 26, 2008 · 0 comments

My membership to Sams Club is up for renewal in a month or so, and I have been trying to decide if I should renew it or not. Edit: My renewal rate is $40 for 1 year.

Prior to using the “stocking up during sales” method of shopping, I used to go to Sams regularly, primarily for batteries, paper towels, toilet paper, ziplock bags, frozen chicken breasts, bottled water, cereal and granola bars. I always felt I was getting a better deal on those items when I bought them in bulk. Then I discovered CVS, and shopping combining sales with coupons, and I haven’t stepped foot into a Sams since. That was about 4 months ago.

I’ll admit that one downside to shopping sales/coupons at multiple stores is having to shop more frequently. For example, I actually have to run out to buy diapers tonight because I only have a few left…and that hasn’t happened to me since my daughter was born 2 years ago! If I keep my membership to Sams, I could buy in bulk and save myself a few trips to the store, which might help me save on gas.

What about you? Do you shop at warehouse clubs, and if so, what items do you feel are more affordable there vs. the grocery or discount store?

I may run there sometime next week to write down prices and compare them with what I have been getting similar items for lately. I will keep you posted!

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