If you haven’t tried warehouse grocery store clubs, here are some tips to help you jump right in, saving your hard earned dollars for other pursuits. This is an easy way to save a significant amount of cash. Here are five steps to get you started:
- Adjust to Buying in Bulk: You can’t buy a single package of hot dogs at Sam’s Club. The smallest amount of hot dogs you can buy is six packages. They come in the regular package, six of them, contained in a bigger box. Awkward? Sure, but hey: they come at a significant savings. So clear out the fridge, and make some room for your dry goods, too. You’re buying in bulk, now.
- Paper Products: Paper plates, toilet paper, paper towels, napkins, paper cups, facial tissues, anything made from paper that is carried at warehouse stores is almost always a savings over buying in lesser quantity at regular stores.
- Don’t Overlook Pharmacy/Bath Section: The pharmacy section is usually in one of the corners of the store, and it will carry many of the popular OTC medicines. Once you discover how much money you have saved, buying twenty tooth brushes in a giant blister pack will not seem weird.
- Brand Selection is Smaller: Learn to experiment. In my experience, the store brand at the warehouse store is just as good as other brands, in any of the products I have tried. If your favorite detergent is not carried at a warehouse store, notice what brands are carried. Buy a travel size of each of those brands from one of the regular-size grocery stores and try them out. This is one of the cheaper bulk products, so it is worth the research.
- Impulse/High-End Items: Keep an eye out for impulse buys, such as super cheap electronics. Many large discounts are available on electronics and high-end items. Laptops computers, desktops PCs, digital SLR cameras with assorted lenses- all sorts of higher end items are available at limited time sale prices. The key here is to compare prices online. I set extra cash aside when I can, to take advantage of these great bargains on higher dollar items. Sales on high-end items are usually short lived, so be ready to pull the trigger, but don’t overdo it.
Shopping at warehouse stores has become more popular in the modern American economy. Don’t be afraid to try it out. It’s not as if the regular grocery stores are more glamorous. I’ve had a Sam’s membership for years, and service is comparable to traditional grocery stores, but prices are better. Happy savings!