Warehouse shopping clubs like Costco and Sam’s Club can be highly beneficial in specific circumstances but can also be overkill, causing you to spend more and waste more. In order to find success with bulk shopping, you need to be selective in your purchasing, buying only what you need and what you know you will use.
Here are 5 ways to get even more out of your savings potential at warehouse club stores:
5 Ways to Save Cash at a Warehouse Club 1 of 6
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Ask for a Test Run 2 of 6
If you are not yet a paying member of a local warehouse shopping club, ask about a trial membership for free before making the paid commitment. You can take a walk through the store to see if any deals being offered are actually worth your membership money. If the store does offer benefits you can't get elsewhere, the membership fees will be a good investment.
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Stick to a List 3 of 6
These large stores have a little bit of everything, but to shop cost-effectively, prepare a list ahead of time of the items you actually need. Make a commitment to yourself that you will only purchase the items on the list, and head right for the checkout counter. Don't just browse around, because the many deals can be too tempting to resist and you'll end up spending too much on impulse buys.
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Head for Clearance Aisles 4 of 6
Even the large warehouse stores offer clearance sections you should hit first. Typically the clearance aisles will not be front and center, so you'll need to ask an employee where to find the discounted items (usually somewhere in the back of the store). See what has been drastically reduced first so you can cross items off your list before shopping for the full-priced items.
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Go in Early 5 of 6
By shopping early in the morning, you may be able to score deals on yesterday's meats and ready-made meal items. The stores will often reduce these products first thing in the morning to make room for the freshest stuff about to hit the shelves. You may also get first dibs on the fresh breads and bakery items that are just coming out of the oven.
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Produce Options 6 of 6
You may be able to find fresh produce at a warehouse club that you cannot find at your local grocery store. Make sure whatever produce you choose will be eaten before it expires. Since the warehouse stores sell in bulk, you may get more apples, bananas, or beans than your family can reasonably eat in time. Before shopping, find recipes where the excess fruits or veggies can be made into a meal or dessert before they can go to waste.
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