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Old 11-12-2016, 07:46 PM
 
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I keep our Sam's membership. Some things there are cheaper than anywhere else. I get blue nitrile gloves (we go through a lot of them) at something like $4.25 per 100 gloves. I also buy some OTC items like generic Benadryl ridiculously cheap, 600 tabs for about $5.50. Their case of 1,000 baby wipes is under 15 bucks. We don't have a baby LOL but I use a lot of baby wipes for cleaning as well as cleaning up after our pets.

Key to shopping at Sam's is to know your prices. Some items are definitely not cheaper there, so I just buy the stuff that is a deal and do my main grocery shopping at large grocery chain. We don't have a Costco anywhere near us, so I don't shop there.
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Old 11-12-2016, 09:46 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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Over 200 posts. Mom joined Sam's then dropped it. It wasn't worth the extra trip and small savings. My husband and I used to go to BJs. While we got some good deals there, it wasn't in the area where we usually shopped, so we didn't go there often. Costco was further. One year and we were done.
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Old 11-13-2016, 11:29 AM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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For us, not worth it. I can find deals at other stores by watching for sales. Costco is also a "free for all" on the weekend, where people lose all notion of civility to grab a bargain.
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Old 11-13-2016, 06:30 PM
 
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I try to go to Sam's 3-4 times/year, max. I do big shoppings when I go. I really hate shopping and yes, those stores can get nutty, with people careening around with flatbed carts filled with 5-gallon containers of ice cream. Who has a freezer big enough for those giant ice cream containers?
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Old 11-14-2016, 01:50 PM
 
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I tend to stock up on their meats at great prices. Buy a HUGE pork loin, for example, and cut it into four reasonably sized ones and freeze them. Same with the big packages of chicken breasts and pork chops and such. I only buy when I know the price is below what I can get at the grocery store, but when it is, I stock up.
You can also ask the butcher to cut and re-wrap larger pieces of meat for you. Easier on my arthritic hands.
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Old 11-15-2016, 10:10 AM
 
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Default In Hawaii it is...

We used our Costco membership in Hawaii all the time. Not so much for groceries but for Gas for our vehicles. We were saving from 50-60 cents per gallon over there. On the mainland, not so much. We haven't renewed our membership in 3 years. Just doesn't seem to be worth the drive for just a few cents savings.
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Old 11-18-2016, 06:43 PM
 
Location: Honolulu
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I have upgraded to Costco Executive Member 5 years ago and every year I got back rebate more than the $110 membership fee.

There are some merchandise that only Costco offers and is cheaper. For example, I bought the Seally Posturepedic double bed top mattress only at Costco for my kid in college. I found out it is hard to find double bed mattress in mattress stores and it is almost all sold in a set.

For UHD TV, it is always cheaper than Best Buy and Costco offers 4-year warranty on all electronics provided you use their credit card for purchase.

Most items in the Mainland Costco stores are identical. But in Hawaii's Costco, there are many specialty items that are only available in Hawaii's stores, i.e. surfboard, Hawaii honey, Macadamia Nuts, Kona Coffee,.....etc. And every year on the 3-day sale after Thanksgiving, all local produce are sold at a discount. I found some merchandise are even put for sale on Amazon at double the price right afterwards.

In fact, the Costco at Iwilei in Honolulu is the busiest Costco with the highest sales volume in the whole country. But it is more crowded than any Costco store on Mainland.

CostcoTravel is also a good deal. They add on many perks for travel packages.
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Old 11-20-2016, 02:27 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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I think Costco is worth the money. My rebate check is always more than the cost of membership. We do buy fuel there, it's always cheaper than the gas stations. And those huge cans of tuna, coffee, mayo, PB, and lots of the meats are cheaper than the regular grocery store.
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Old 11-20-2016, 03:11 PM
 
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Thanks for the info on the Organics.
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Old 11-20-2016, 04:21 PM
 
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It's not worth it for the two of us. My husband is brand-specific and many of these clubs don't carry the things he likes. I'm big on clean eating and eat lots of fresh produce. This means I'm in a grocery store a couple of times a week to get the fresh stuff. This gives me a chance to compare prices and buy with sales, coupons, and special deals. I also need to buy my food in smaller quantities because I'm the only one eating it. I don't want to eat salad 3 times a day, which is what I'd have to do to avoid waste with the large sizes from the clubs.

I do take advantage of the free memberships now and then. We have a BJ's close, and they sell a couple of things there for good prices that I can stock up on. However, they don't have enough things that I buy to make a full membership worthwhile. As far as their organic produce goes, I get much better deals at regular stores with sales. I've compared unit prices on many items (yes, I'm that idiot walking around making notes), and I'm not impressed with club prices on many things.
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