Buying in bulk is the way to save money. Not always.
You might be surprised to learn that some things you should never buy at wholesale clubs (or anywhere else). This is because these items are often cheaper if you buy them elsewhere.
Here’s a list of seven things you should never buy at wholesale clubs and what you should always buy instead.
Shopping at warehouse clubs can seem like it costs more to shop than you will save. However, I’ve been running this website for two years now and can tell you the savings are huge.
I am a frugal person and love getting a deal on everything. If I can’t get an item for sale or use coupons, I usually walk right on by it. I love clearance, and BJ’s has amazing markdowns on many items other than food, which is very exciting for a work-at-home mom.
Through my couponing and running this website, I have found items that continue to be cheaper at my local grocery stores or Target.
Today I want to share those items with you. We will NEVER see a deal on these items at BJs because there are times I find items marked down, and we can stack BJ’s and manufacturer coupons.
These 7 items are when you don’t have a coupon or an extreme markdown on the item. It would be best if you bought it at a retailer other than a warehouse club. This is the same for Costco.
After price comparing to Costco and BJs, these items are frequently the same price. At Costco, you can’t use coupons, which is a huge downside to shopping there, hoping to save even more money.
AND of course if you are looking for items you SHOULD buy check out the post here.
I have found much better deals at Newegg for computers. The computers seem to be marked higher than any other place online.
This is an item you can usually get for free or less than $1 at Drug Stores. Don’t be fooled by drug stores. They offer some of the best coupon deals for personal care items.
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BJ’s doesn’t offer its own brand of tuna yet. If they did, this might not be on the list. The tuna at our club is around 75¢ when you use a coupon. I can get it for as low as 47¢ at my local grocery store when I buy the store brand.
*Update others have stated their club has Tuna; I haven’t found a club in Western New York selling BJs brand tuna. If your club has it, it could be a deal.
Usually, cereal is cheaper at our local grocery store. However, you do have to watch sizes. I have found that BJ’s will sell larger bags than what you find at the grocery store.
The average 2 bags of cereal is around $8. If you use coupons, you will get them cheaper at other stores. Again this is one item that can fall under a cheap deal if you come across a huge markdown and coupon at BJs.
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It takes a while to come across a 50¢ tube of toothpaste at warehouse clubs. Weekly you will be able to find toothpaste for 50¢ or less a tube.
I can always find books for less on Amazon than at warehouse clubs. Especially with Amazon prime members having access to free book titles. Although warehouse clubs have lower prices, you will probably find them at stores like Barnes and Noble; with a bit of online shopping, you are bound to find a lower price than at a warehouse club.
Holiday cards used to be the best buy at BJ’s until they raised their price. Cards are the full $5, $6, and even $10 at warehouse clubs.
I have found great cards at Dollar Tree, or even my local grocery store has a $0.99 card section. Skip warehouse clubs for seasonal cards to send out and hit up Dollar Tree. It’s crazy to think about paying almost $10 for a card. How many people keep these cards?
It’s the thought that counts, not the higher price tag.
In the end, you want to make sure that if you are shopping at a wholesale club, it is worth your time and money. Many people go there because they think they will get better deals than anywhere else, but in reality, many items can be found cheaper elsewhere, so before committing yourself, do some research first!
Don’t hesitate to reach out if you need help finding bargains or have general questions about buying what type of item. We’re happy to answer any questions and provide guidance on how best to use these stores efficiently.