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Old 05-02-2009, 10:56 AM
 
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I refuse to shop at Sam's or Wal-mart because I think that they have single-handedly destroyed a good deal of the American economy by putting small businesses out of business and importing almost everything they sell from 3rd world countries. I don't like their business practices, I don't like the way they treat their employees, and I don't like that they hire illegals.

I have a membership to BJ's. I like that they carry some smaller sizes than Costco.

I buy pretty much brand names, and BJ's sells a lot of the brand's that I buy. They also sell a lot more American made and American farmed products than some of their competition.

Also BJ's takes manufacturers coupons--so you can get REALLY good deals there by using those.

I think that overall BJ's has higher quality meats and produce.

And now I'm off to clip my coupons and go shopping!
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Old 05-02-2009, 11:05 AM
 
Location: Pinal County, Arizona
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We have both Costco and Sam's Club membership.

We buy our gas at both - and they tend to be 5 to 7 cents a gallon cheaper than the cheapest gas in town.

We have a number of vehicles - and prices on quality tires are FAR cheaper than stores like Discount and other outlets

Electronics are cheaper - certain household items are cheaper. Outdoor furniture for example.

Costco meats are excellent - and we will buy in quantity and then make up meal size portions and freeze them. Paper products such as paper towels, toilet tissue, Kleenex are cheaper than the grocery stores.

And so on.

We plan on keeping both memberships.
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Old 05-03-2009, 06:17 AM
 
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I've had a Sams Club membership forever. I go about once a month. I have a family of seven, so we have no problem eating every single thing I buy!

I have certain things I buy there regularly. Juice boxes, lunch snacks, the frozen chicken breasts, chix nuggets, cheeses, waffles, cereal, eggs, milk, maple syrup. The Sams I go to is building a new building it's moving to that will have a gas station-I'll have to look at the prices.

The other weeks, I go to Aldis or Price-Rite. There are some things cheaper at those stores and some things in smaller quantities. I hit Stop-n-Shop for sales on meat, because with their loss leaders, they beat everyone, even Sams. I hit a local bread store for bread once a month.

So, Sams is very worth it for me, but again, with a large family we have no problem eating everything. If I was one or two persons, I might just do Aldis.
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Old 05-05-2009, 02:57 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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I'm going to have to disagree with most of the posters here- I don't shop at Costco anymore. We shop at smaller marketplaces (sunflower/sprouts/vitamin cottage in CO) and our grocery bills are way lesser than what we would pay at Costco. I find that most people who shop almost exclusively at Costco don't have an idea about how much food costs at other stores (and I don't mean Walmart/Target). For household essentials, nothing beats Walgreens/CVS. Their deals for toilet paper, toothpaste, etc are excellent. For gas, Costco is cheaper than the average station, but if I use the gasprices feature on Mapquest I almost always find atleast one other station that has gas at the same price or lesser.

Finally, I'm not a big fan of the kirkland brand (Costco's house brand). Most of the time, I'm looking for a specific brand of an item and it is not available at Costco and kirkland is NOT comparable.

The only positive thing I have to say is that I love their in-store samples!
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Old 05-05-2009, 03:03 PM
 
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I had a Sam's club card and let it expire after 3 years..To me it wasn't worth paying the $ 35.-, if I would get it for free I probable would still buy stuff there...
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Old 05-05-2009, 03:56 PM
 
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I'm going to have to disagree with most of the posters here- I don't shop at Costco anymore. We shop at smaller marketplaces (sunflower/sprouts/vitamin cottage in CO) and our grocery bills are way lesser than what we would pay at Costco. I
Agree with you completely. I keep a price book of the top items I purchase and I have yet to find an item that is cheaper at the warehouse clubs EXCEPT gasoline and marked down clothing. I keep the Sam's Club card solely as it is a free benefit of work.

Sam's pharmacy is substantially cheaper than most of the drugstore chains on both prescriptions and OTCs. In many states, including Illinois, you do NOT have to be a member to use their pharmacy under state statute.
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Old 05-23-2009, 09:16 PM
 
Location: Northern VA
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FYI: If you have a costco membership, you may end up being eligible for 1 - 3 free months of membership.

Costco settlement: Settlement announced in Costco class action suit over membership renewal -- South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com
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Old 05-23-2009, 10:25 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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I don't know what it is about them, but I get some produce from Costco and it easily lasts 2x as long as what I get from pretty much anywhere else save Trader Joe's. I've gotten at least 4 weeks out of these peppers/celery/carrots we got in the last trip, not even a smudge.
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Old 05-24-2009, 05:52 PM
 
Location: Northern VA
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I don't know what it is about them, but I get some produce from Costco and it easily lasts 2x as long as what I get from pretty much anywhere else save Trader Joe's. I've gotten at least 4 weeks out of these peppers/celery/carrots we got in the last trip, not even a smudge.
Mine too!
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Old 05-24-2009, 06:51 PM
 
Location: Rockland County New York
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My wife and I have a Costco membership and shop there often. Their prices present far more value than one would find at the local supermarket.
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