(WHTM) – With grocery prices so high, many shoppers are joining warehouse clubs this year in an attempt to lower those bills. But do these stores really save you money?
Tracy Reese likes to buy in bulk. She says she makes comparisons and ends up saving money.
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“If you have a family to feed, Sam’s is definitely the place to be. Buy things like water, paper towels, toilet paper, things like that, and it’s a lot cheaper here,” Reese said.
Brittany Downing is a mother of five children. She said she was saving a lot of money on cereal.
“I can get two bags of cereal here at Sam’s for about six bucks and a box at Kroger for a family size is probably six bucks,” Downing said.
With grocery store inflation nearing 10%, it looks like joining Sam’s Costco or BJ’s Wholesale would be a great money-saving idea this year. After all, almost all of their products, by the ounce or by the unit, are priced below the grocery store, whether you’re shopping at Sam’s Club, BJ’s Wholesale, or Costco.
Another big plus: their gas is usually 10 or 20 cents less than nearby gas stations! But, warehouse clubs have both pros and cons, according to experts like Kelly Goldsmith.
“So you’re thinking ‘I’m just going to go to the Costco store to buy shampoo. And toilet paper and paper towels. “Well, if you’re the type of person that every time you go, you end up coming home with a patio set,” Goldsmith said.
A few questions to ask yourself before signing up:
- Will you go enough to justify the annual fee of $40 to $60?
- is it too far from your home?
- Do you have the pantry space for the larger sizes they sell?
Finally, in terms of perishable and frozen foods:
- Is your fridge big enough to hold the large sizes?
- Will you be able to eat it all or will it eventually go to waste?
“But, if you look at things like meat and cheese, those are items where you can really save money, buying in bulk, but if half ends up in the trash, you’re not saving at all. money,” Goldsmith said. .
Experts say that if you stick to things that can last for years, like paper towels, toilet paper, detergent, and trash bags, you’ll really save money and not waste your money.