Sam’s Club. Costco. You know you love ’em. Anywhere where you can buy a thingy of toilet paper that is nearly as big as my whole car and will last us 6 months is a fabulous place, if you ask me. But is the $50 membership worth it? Let’s take a look.
Like all things, the value one gets from having a membership at a warehouse store is largely dependent on you and your habits. Are you the sort of person who loves couponing and has time to drive to several different stores? Then no, it’s probably not worth it. Are you the sort of person who hates shopping and wants to get as much as possible so you don’t have to go back to the store anytime soon? Then yes, it’s worth it.
But it’s even more complex than that for many people because not everyone lives near a warehouse store. Some people, like my pal Christopher, don’t own a car and don’t really have the means to be able to both go and transport everything there and back. (Could you imagine one of those giant packs of toilet paper on a bus?) Others, live so far away, that the trip isn’t worth it.
You also have to keep in mind family size when buying there. It’s entirely possible that a warehouse store membership is worth it for a family of two- my mom and dad take advantage of theirs quite a bit. How? They typically buy nonperishable items or items that can be frozen, like bread, for example. They’re also, of course, all over the giant packs of toilet paper. (Do I sound obsessed? They fascinate me.)
With my large family of 5 people and 5 animals, the membership is worth the cost. Costco has a good quality pet food I recently discovered, that is a third of the cost of the Blue Buffalo I was feeding my pets before. It also sells a brand of bread that I like (Nature’s Own- no HFCS, etc, etc, tastes good) for about half of what I’d pay at the grocery store.
Another consideration is if you are able to buy a large cut of meat and cut it up yourself. An example of this is beef tenderloin, cut down to filet mignon steaks. My husband, luckily, has mad meat cutting skills and we can get a beef tenderloin (huge slab o’meat) and cut it down for several filets. This lessens the cost of the meat, on average, by $5 a pound.
My suggestion, if you are wondering about whether or not a warehouse store will work for you, is to bring your price book and ask for a temporary pass to look around. Many times, even though you can buy a giant thing of (whatever), that giant thing is the same price or even more costly. For example, Tide at both Sam’s and Costco, is more expensive in the giant thingy than it is to buy smaller containers at my local Target. This is yet another reason that price books are so very important.
Okay, Home Eccers, spill it- tell me your thoughts on warehouse stores. The good, the bad, the ugly. Let’s hear it!