By Mike Thayer
My Costco membership is up for renewal and I like Costco, it's conveniently close to where I live and I've saved a lot of money buying there vs. a typical grocery store or retail outlet. Another benefit to a wholesale club membership is the HUGE savings in the purchase of gas through the course of the year. Savings at the pump alone makes the membership worthwhile, you don't even have to step inside and buy groceries, clothes or printer cartridges to realize the benefit of a membership! Costco and Sam's are typically FAR below local area gas prices, usually about 25 cents per gallon if not more cheaper.
But is Costco THE best wholesale membership club to belong to?
A club membership is a very good thing to have, you really can save A LOT of money buying in bulk and both Sam's Club and Costco offer a lot of advantages/benefits to having a membership vs. shopping at the mainstream grocery store or chain retail store.
I also have a Sam's Club membership, I recently got one because there was THAT much savings in purchasing a kayak there. In getting a Sam's Club membership so I could get the savings on a kayak purchase - even after paying the membership fees - I STILL saved huge on the kayak purchase price at Sam's vs. buying that same kayak at places like Academy Sports or Dick's Sporting Goods! Thank you Cindy!
But I don't need two wholesale club discount memberships......
So is one club better than the other?
I say yes.
Last Tuesday, I purchased a few groceries from Sam's Club and again, I got a nice assist from Cindy. Sam's has 'Scan & Go', you can scan items as you put them in the cart! On Saturday I visited Costco for a price comparison on those same items. I can see a downside to that already, Cindy won't be "Checking me out"..... See what I did there?.....
UPDATE: Shopping at Costco on 07/31
Just LOOK at the price differences below, Sam's Club wipes the floor with Costco! Costco may be cheaper than the mainstream grocery stores like Kroger, but there's no doubt they're more expensive than Sam's Club!
So even though I'll be losing the convenience of location - Costco is just a hop, skip and a jump from where I live - I will NOT be renewing my membership with Costco. The cheaper prices at Sam's clearly show I'll save more money there. They have a larger variety of product offerings, they don't push (a.k.a. limit you to) the organic crap and the discounted price of gas is virtually the same for each wholesaler. Thank you Cindy for showing me the value!
$pend Wisely My Friends.....