Wholesale Club Vs. Grocery Store & Coupons

by Tiff on September 5, 2011

Do you shop at Wholesale Clubs?

If I had a nickle for every time someone asked me that…. Usually my response is NO, bigger is not always better. Shopping at a grocery store that runs sales, doubles coupons, and has buy one get one sales, you almost always will get a cheaper deal than buying in bulk. Many wholesale clubs do not accept manufacturer coupons. I can buy individual packages and use a coupon on each item and get a better deal. However, I am a member of Sam’s Club. I do still shop the Wholesale clubs even with doing my coupons.

Items I will buy at Wholesale Clubs

Garbage Bags: I can buy a pack of 150 flex bags for only $8.98 -  only 6¢ a bag.  My cheapest price on sale in town is $2.99 for a 25ct box; 12¢ a bag.

Olive Oil: I only use Extra Virgin Olive Oil ( First Cold Press) And we go through a lot of it. I use it when cooking my vegetables often. It ends up being about 5¢ cheaper an ounce.

Cheese: Another item that we use frequently in this house. Cheese does go on sale often at grocery stores, and I do buy it there in between trips to the wholesale clubs, but I stock up when I am at Sam’s. * You can shred your own cheese and freeze it by lining it on a cookie sheet, freezing then dividing in plastic baggies*

Produce & meat: These are often cheaper and better grade than many grocery stores. Just be careful that you will use all the produce before it goes bad…it is large quantities…however with the 6 of us, we have no problem eat 3 lbs of grapes in a few days time.

Batteries: The house brand batteries are usually just as good as name brands here. I can occasionally get Rayovac free with their $1 coupons at Walmart & Target, but we need so many batteries in this house with toys and electronics that I must buy more.

Sugar & Flour: and other baking goods

Items I absolutely will NOT Buy at Wholesale Clubs:

Razors
Cereal
Toothbrushes
Canned Vegetables
Gum
Butter

What do you buy or not buy at Wholesale clubs?

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1 Jennifer September 5, 2011 at 9:06 pm

What about diapers? Where is the better place to buy? Walmart or wholesale clubs?

2 Tiff September 6, 2011 at 9:34 am

I find it better to buy the regular packs of diapers at drug stores or grocery stores when on sale and with a coupon.

3 Shebella September 6, 2011 at 9:06 pm

I like to buy bulk Tide and supplement with the bottles I can buy on sale from time to time. I like to use my smaller sale bottles for backup.

4 Johnlyn September 9, 2011 at 9:45 am

My tip for the warehouse store would be to bring cash and cash only…you can’t throw anything extra in your cart if you only have cash.

I recently got rid of my Sam’s Club membership, but you could save a lot on cream and tillamook cheese. It’s a 40 mile drive and I found that it’s a wash – I save about $3.00 per month by having the membership and that’s the cost of the membership.

I loved buying their big bags of frozen vegetables – we don’t have coupons in our neck of the woods!

5 Tiff September 9, 2011 at 11:49 am

Love that tip…cash only!

6 Michelle @ Simplify, Live, Love September 9, 2011 at 4:36 pm

It’s interesting to read your list. I also don’t buy many of the items you don’t buy. But my list of don’t buy items also includes produce and meat! :-) I think nI can get higher quality of meat for a cheaper price by watching sales at a local store. I don’t like gas packed meat or meat with added solutions and most of what my local Sam’s sells has one or both.

I recently blogged about my grocery price-point list. You can see it here, if you’re interested: http://www.simplifylivelove.com/2011/09/my-grocery-price-point-list.html

7 Sheila September 9, 2011 at 5:40 pm

I do buy butter there, as it’s cheaper for me there (by a lot) then I can get it anywhere else. It’s right at $2.50/pound, while it’s $3 or more per pound at other places where I live.

8 Shelly @ Coupon Teacher September 9, 2011 at 5:55 pm

Neat list!!

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