Warehouse stores like Costco and Sam’s Club can offer great savings if you shop smartly. They sell common items such as cereal, rice or paper products in large quantities, so they are an obvious bargain for those with large families. But, are they a good deal for everyone?
- If you have plenty of storage space in your house, stocking up on essentials like toilet paper, paper towel, or other non-perishables is not a bad idea. These kinds of stores don’t always carry the same items, so if you see something you use regularly at a good price, buy it.
- Perishable items are another matter. It’s easy to get carried away by a great price, but a bargain isn’t a bargain if you have to throw it away.
- Remember that these stores have a yearly fee. If you pay the fee, you may feel that you have to shop there, even when the things you need might be priced lower at your regular store.
- Some stores have gas stations associated with them. If you live nearby, your gas savings may be significant.
- Take a friend or relative with you. Large quantities can be broken down and shared.
- Savings on electronics and appliances might be worth the yearly fee if you are in need of them. However, you should compare the price and features with those at other stores to make sure that you are getting the best deal.
- Buy only what you need and know that you will use. It’s easy to spend a lot of money on impulse items when they seem so cheap. Make a list before you go and stick to it.
Before making a decision to join, visit the store and ask for a day pass. It will allow you to compare prices on things you normally buy, as well as larger items you might need in the near future.