Does stocking up at price clubs really save money — or is it all just a waste?
With TV shows and blogs devoted to extreme couponing and buying in bulk, many consumers are wondering if they really can make ends meet by buying industrial-sized packs of toilet paper.
Combined membership at three largest warehouse clubs, Costco, Sam’s Club and BJ’s
Despite their drawbacks, warehouse clubs are popular.
Basic membership fees
Sam’s Club $40
So, Is it Worthwhile?
Annual savings for average family that spends $150 a week at price clubs
How much less warehouse prices are compared to other stores
… And no
Average amount of items in store
Making it Work
Successful bulk shopping depends largely on what you buy. Here are the smartest (and dumbest) bulk club purchases you can make:
35% savings on hard liquor
25% savings on beer
25% savings on ground beef (assuming you have freezer space)
78% (assuming you use it before it spoils)
Batteries and light bulbs
Toilet paper and paper towels
Toothbrushes and toothpaste
Promotions can often be found at non-bulk stores with good deals toward the middle of the month.
Unless splitting amongst a huge household, these items usually expire before they can be consumed.
It degrades after six months, so unless you do a ton of bleaching, it’s not usually beneficial.
It typically expires in six months compared to white rice – which can last up to 30 years.
The shelf life is often six months to one year and unless you’re a makeup artist, it’ll probably go unused.