Like many people I enjoy shopping at large discount warehouse clubs to save some cash. While buying in bulk has some advantages on certain items, it just does not make sense to solely rely on Sam’s Club or Costco for my shopping needs. That being said there are a few pitfalls when it comes to buying in bulk:
I love buying the big pack of paper towels and toilet paper at Costco, but trying to put all of that stuff in the closet is a real pain. The same thing goes for that massive package of macaroni and cheese, Indiana Jones could not find all the places I’ve stuck those boxes.
I have resigned myself to not buy certain items, the above mentioned ones and more, until I absolutely need them. Running stockpiles down can be troublesome, but that is what makes all those dollar stores so handy. In addition, double checking space before I head to Costco is an absolute must.
Too Much of Good Thing
A case of candy bars for under $28? That is an awesome deal. Unfortunately, all those candy bars and treats end up being the easiest thing to reach for, which spells trouble for me and the kids (okay really just me). Same for those Hot Pockets, Pop Tarts, and frozen pizzas-they are handy to have around, but better left to the supplemental trip at the local market to avoid over indulging or binge eating.
This Tasted Good in the Store
That potato and cheese soup tasted lovely in that little paper cup in the store. So why can’t I duplicate the taste in my bowl at home? Those kiosks must be made in Hogwarts or something, because sometimes those free samples or promotional items just don’t work as well unless I’m enjoying a small amount in a huge warehouse with a ton of other shoppers.
To avoid temptation, I pick up a small container at a the grocery store and give it a whirl before I commit to having 48 single servings laying around taking up space that my mac and cheese could occupy.
Is This Really a Good Deal?
Perhaps the greatest issue with warehouse stores is the question of value. While certain items are nearly no brainers at Costco or Sam’s, like laundry detergent or dishwasher pellets, others can be a bit misleading.
Luckily in the here and now, those smartphones double as calculators, which make figuring out a price per unit much easier. Sure you have to have an idea of what the item costs at other stores, but now you can double check to make sure you are not overpaying for the convenience of buying six toothbrushes at the same time.