Warehouse stores can save you a lot of money, but the cost can really add up at checkout. Be sure you are buying the products and services that will actually save you money. This is a guide to getting the most out of your warehouse membership, such as Costco or Sam's Club.
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I think we will be joining Costco soon since a friend just shared this cost saving information with me. Most people know that prescription drugs are much cheaper there and you don't have to have a membership to access this service. Just tell them at the door that you are going to the pharmacy.
Did you also know that your membership entitles you to get your tires checked for free including putting air in them? Full service gas stations are becoming more and more scarce. In some locations, if you can find one that has air, there is a charge for using the air hose. According to my friend, he recently picked up a nail in a tire causing a slow leak in it. He pulled into the Costco tire center to see if they could check and fix the tire. Here is the best part of all - the cost was zero, Nothing, Nada! He did the same thing recently and pulled into a tire store and it cost him $22.50.
That kind of savings will go far in paying for a membership. If this happens to you, hopefully you'll have your membership and can take advantage of these free services in addition to your shopping savings.
By Sandy from Elon, NC
On a recent road trip to Los Angeles, we mapped out beforehand where there were Costcos near the freeway. That way we could refuel our van and ourselves at the same time. Costco gas is often the best price in town so we knew we were getting a good deal. The kids got to have a hot dog or pizza and ice cream for less than five bucks and we were back on the road in no time. It worked great for maximizing our drive time and our vacation budget.
By Jess from Hillsboro, OR
By joining with other family members and friends we can pool our like needs and share. I do not have the space to store a case of tp or paper towels, but I buy and share the cost per case with others in my group that need this item.
In the office section, I do not have the need for a case of pencils or notebooks, but others in my group need many because of school, etc. The price of these items comes way down when you buy in quantity.
By Shirley E. from Antrim, NH
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Do you shop at large warehouse stores like Costco and Sam's Club? Do you have any tips for getting the most out of your warehouse store membership?
Things I buy at Sam's club; Downey, Clorox 2, Cascade, Cat food, Planters nuts,Hershey's syrup, spices, bakery muffins, cheese, Uncle Ben's rice, Sweet & Low, Ziploc bags, most frozen food,everyday silverware (36 in container), everyday or work jeans, batteries, salsa and nacho chips. I also keep all my sales slips in my purse, even from years ago, looking over these helps me make a list and to check prices of things that have gone up in price. Sam's really saves me money, but you must have a list and only plan on a few necessities extra. GOOD LUCK (01/19/2006)
I also purchase socks, capris, jeans, shirts, books, whatever I need. I don't like to shop so stocking up once a month suits me just fine!! My time is worth more than coupon clipping and running all over town with gas $3/gallon to save a dime. (04/21/2006)
By Cindy S.