These 5 Items Pay for My BJ’s Membership Every Year

If you have been on the fence about joining BJ’s Wholesale Club, here are five items that may do the convincing. I save over $400 at BJs with only these five items. Sometimes it seems odd to have to pay to shop somewhere, but I can assure you it’s worth it.

Are you brand new to BJs? If so you can get a $25 membership to BJs for an entire year here. That’s only $2.04 per month and the items I’m sharing below will cover that cost and then some.

This post will show you five items I buy frequently. We have another post with 7 items that will cover your membership that goes beyond grocery items here.

Wondering where a BJ’s Wholesale club is near your? Find out here.

Scroll to bottom for breakdown of cost and savings chart.


I’ve become a butter snob, and buy the Wellsley Farms Organic. I’ve gone back and forth and constantly go with this when I’m making my own baked goods.

The regular Wellsley Farms butter is a great price, but if you buy organic this item alone will cover your membership cost.

We use this butter to sit out on our counters as well- for you know spreadable butter 😉

I go through about 6-7 sticks per month.

Wellsley Farms Butter Quarters, 4 ct./1 lb. $11.79 ( Price varies on region check yours here)

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There are two things that make my morning drink delightful- it’s Starbucks and my Ninja Coffee maker.

As soon as we got this Ninja Coffee maker I noticed a difference in the taste- no matter what brand we were buying.

When you worked as a Starbucks manager and in the coffee business for years, you know what you like and don’t like.

Starbucks coffee is consistently under $20 at BJs. About every three weeks you will get a $5 BJs coupon on Starbucks coffee.

*The regular price for a bag is $17.99 after the $5 coupon I’m paying $12.99 for

If you aren’t a fan of Starbucks the BJs brand Wellsley Farms coffee is a good coffee and even cheaper!

  • Columbian coffee comes in at $11.99 for a 40 oz bag. BJ’s has coupons for this item frequently as well.
  • Grab Starbucks coffee in different varities online at BJs here.

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Blocks of Cheese

I really can’t beat the price and the taste of Wellsely Farms bricks of cheese. I use cheese a lot for dinner and breakfast- from omelets to casseroles to homemade pizza.

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I grabbed a wider shredder with a bin underneath to make shredding the big brick easier. You can also cut this brick up into smaller pieces when you are shredding it.

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Already shredded cheese is more expensive and shredding your own is a bit healthier because you don’t have any of the anti-caking agents in it.

As a frugal woman myself I’ve shopped at Aldi for years, and over the years have switched to wholesale clubs and Tops with coupons.

I found the Aldi cheese is lacking in flavor.

I’ll let you know I am from Wisconsin so cheese is a thing for us! The quality of Wellsely Farms cheese is awesome.

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Gold Medal Flour Deal at BJ's Wholesale Club


Of course as a baker, and someone who makes a lot of our meals from scratch, I will always get flour at BJs.

They recently increased the size from 10 pounds to now 12-pound bags. The selection of gluten-free flour has increased in the last year from one brand to now over 4 different brands.

I’m a fan of King Arthur but you can get Gold Medal Flour for even cheaper.

You can use containers like these to store the flour in.

If you don’t do a lot of baking brands may not matter much to you. If you are a baker, this is the best price for King Arthur flour.

BJs will run $1 off coupons often. Plus we can use manufacturer coupons too.

Read this: How to Save Money at BJs Without Cutting Coupons


Frozen Veggies

I buy this every time as a staple for our house. I cook simple meals that involve a frozen veggie side most of the time.

When my girls were under the age of five, they LOVED the frozen broccoli and I loved that it was the whole thing, not the stems.

Who wants stems?

This bag is a great deal at BJs and it’s organic.

Grab a 4 b bag of Organic Broccoli for $7.49.

I have tried all the other frozen veggies they carry and like them all. The only ones I’m not a huge fan of are the microwavable ones.

Even if you don’t microwave them, they taste different.

The Wellsely Farms Broccoli Normandy is a great mix too at $7.99 for 6 lbs.

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How does this pay for the membership?!

(Chart breakdown below)

The Butter Savings:

For comparison purposes store brand butter quarters at our local grocery store (TOPS) is $3.49.

At BJs you pay $2.49 so I’m saving a $1 per quarter. I use 4- 8 sticks a month depending on what I’m making.

For the month I’m saving $8 on Butter.

The Cheese Savings:

A 8 ounce brick of sharp store brand cheese is $2.99.

At BJs, a 32-ounce brick is $5.99. We go through one ( 32) brick a month- sometimes two.

By buying this at BJs we are saving $5.97 a month by buying the BJs brand. If I bought the store brand cheese per month I’d be paying $11.96.

The Flour Savings

King Arthur flour at our local grocery store is $4.59 for a 5 lb. bag. That is $0.92 a lb.

At BJs I will pay $6.99 for 12 lbs. That is $0.58 a lb. This really depends on how much I go through but this will last me at least a month.

I’m saving $4.05 a month on flour by purchasing it at BJs.

The Coffee Savings

A 12 oz. bag of Starbucks French Roast at our local grocery store is $8.49. $0.71 an ounce.

A 40 ounce bag of Starbucks French Roast at BJs is $20.99 but there is a $5 coupon almost all the time- so really it’s $15.99. $0.39 an ounce

We go through a bag of coffee every month. I’m saving $12.41 a month by purchasing this at BJs with the $5 coupon.

The Frozen Veggie Savings

A 12 oz. bag of organic broccoli at our local grocery store is $2.49. $0.21 an ounce.

At BJs a 64 ounce bag of organic broccoli is $7.49. $0.12 an ounce.

We go through a bag of frozen veggies monce a month. By grabbing this at BJs we save $5.95 a month.

Now when we total up these savings over the year it looks like this.

how to save $400 at BJs wholesale

I actually had to recalculate this because I thought, wow!

I knew shopping at wholesale clubs was saving me money, but when you add it up like this, it’s exciting.

When you take the $25 membership out of the savings you are still saving $411.56.

If you ended up paying the FULL price of $55 for the BJ’s membership you are STILL saving $381.56!

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Give it a try with five of your most purchased items at BJs. Compare it to your local grocery store and add up the savings and share it with us below.

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  1. John January 21, 2021
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