BJ’s Wholesale club is different than your regular grocery/retail store. They don’t come out and show you things on sale with a big sign. You need to be an insider and know the following secrets to saving at BJ’s.
Secrets. Something about the word already gets you intrigued and I was shopping at BJ’s for a few years before I even realized some of these extra ways to save at the club. I had no idea when I price compared to my area for propane that BJ’s was by far the best buy.
I have been a BJ’s Member for about 8 years now. That’s 8 years I choose to get a membership! I truly love shopping there. In August 2015 a fellow blogger asked if I wanted to take over this site because of my love for the club!
If you have been hanging out with me for a bit or follow my other frugal living site you know I want a deal and to spend my money wisely. Yet if you are just shopping at BJ’s and thinking it’s enough to just grab something off the shelf there and your saving, it’s not. You can save even more with these 13 secrets to savings.
So maybe you are a BJ’s member already or maybe you are thinking about becoming one. Maybe you want to save money and it seems warehouse clubs are the easiest way to do that.
In an awesome store comparison here– BJ’s is the cheapest warehouse club compared to Costco and Sam’s Club. The funny thing is in the article they didn’t even mention the fact you can use coupons at BJ’s- which is the whole purpose of this site 🙂
The secret is when you apply all of the following you will start to see some serious savings at BJs!
Here are My Money Saving Secrets for BJs:
Don’t buy the samples right away
The samples are perfect for entertaining your kids and the servers are lovely- but the tip is unless there is a BJ’s coupon for it don’t buy it right away. By all means, try it to see how you like it, but if you end up loving it you must have the willpower to walk away from it and the lovely server. If you are hungry stay away from the samples! The willpower to not buy it may be too tempting.
Go in with a List
You may think that because the items are larger you won’t buy many things- but there is something that draws you in and transforms you into a whole new world when you are in BJs.
To save money you must stick to your list. There are so many items in the store that can steer you away. Remember you have a grocery budget and you must stick to it. This is done by following a list.
Take advantage of Lower Cost Membership
Every year you will see a handful of discounts on BJ’s memberships. I was just informed by a BJ’s employee they have to accept your offer. Right now you can get a $25 BJs membership for the year. That’s $2 a month. Or see if you can get the $35 renewal here.
Split the Membership
Yes if the $50 a year membership is just a bit more then you are willing to spend and there aren’t any discount memberships available, consider splitting the cost with a friend!
Join My BJs Perks Program
The BJ’s Perks program has a few different offers to fit the different needs of each family.
There is a BJ’s Perks Rewards which offers 2% back on most in-club and BJs.com purchases. This is not a credit card and comes with a $100 annual membership instead of the $50 regular membership. You can not use membership discounts on this program.
- You can read my in-depth review on the Perks Rewards here.
The BJ’s Perks Plus rewards offer a 3% savings on most in-club and BJs.com purchases, $0.10/gallon of gas, 2% back on dining out and other gas purchases, 1% back on earnings on other non-BJ’s purchases everywhere else MasterCard is accepted.
The BJ’s Perk Elite offers 5% earnings on most in club and BJs.com purchases, $0.10/gallon of gas, 2% back on dining out and other gas purchases, 1% back on earnings on other non-BJ’s purchases everywhere else MasterCard is accepted.
Use BJ’s Coupons
As a member, you receive a monthly coupon book that averages 75 pages in BJs coupons. Every two weeks BJ’s offers in store coupons. These are only available at your local club. I do post a full coupon scan here on the blog to give you a peek and plan your shopping trips accordingly.
Check out the FULL LIST of all the BEST Deals at BJ’s Wholesale this week HERE.
Use Manufacturer Coupons
BJs is the ONLY club that accepts manufacturer coupons. Many stores give customers a hard time about combining multiple coupons on a packaged item. The policy is now one manufacturer coupon PER item and you can still stack it with a BJs coupon.
Buy Organic Items
The Organic items at BJ’s are much less than Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. You can take a look at my 10 Favorite Organic deals here to get an idea of the BJs coupons available for these items.
If you are curious as to what organic products they carry there is a list here. Not only is the price cheaper than area grocery stores when you get a BJs coupon to use on these items the savings is amazing.
Warehouse stores are known for their great prices on electronics according to consumer reports. I have seen amazing deals on printers, computers, T.Vs. and computer accessories at BJs.
BJ’s doesn’t have big flashy SALE signs. Anytime you see a sale sign that is different is when it is a price reduced. These reductions are always HUGE! Our local club puts many of the price reduced items on the endcaps of the personal care and pet care aisles.
Each store will have different areas as to where they are. Sometimes you will see these price reductions right down the aisle. I share all these finds in our Facebook Group Here.
Buy Store Brand
Yes, there is a BJ’s brand that is called Wellsley Farms and Berkley Jensen. These items are always less than the name brand ones. Coupons are also offered frequently for the items making them a great deal. I personally love both brands and have not been disappointed with either. They have been expanding these lines as well, giving members more options to save money.
- Check out my video review on Tide Pods Compared to BJ’s Pods Detergent
Buy Propane Tanks
We just moved and our new farmhouse has a propane grill ( which we are very much charcoal grillers). So I started shopping around for prices on propane. BJ’s is by far the cheapest. The cost for a propane tank is $29.99. Then for members, it costs $9.97 for a refill. Non-members $12.97. Check around. That is an amazing price.
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