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. In addition, we have another post with seven things that will cover your membership beyond grocery items here.
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Scroll to the bottom for a breakdown of the cost and savings chart.
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I've become a butter snob and buy the Wellsley Farms Organic. I've gone back and forth constantly when making my 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 for sitting out on our counters as well- for you know, spreadable butter 😉
I go through about 6-7 sticks per month.
Wellsley Farms Butter Quarters, four ct./1 lb. $11.79 ( Price varies on the region. Check yours here)
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Two things make my morning drink delightful: 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. In addition, you will get a $5 BJs coupon every three weeks 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 varieties online at BJs here.
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Blocks of Cheese
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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 into smaller pieces when slicing it.
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Shredded cheese is more expensive, and shredding your own is healthier because you don't have any anti-caking agents.
As a frugal woman, 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 the cheese is a thing for us! The quality of Wellsely Farms cheese is incredible.
- You get this a 32 oz. Block for $5.99. Our club has Sharp, Extra Sharp, and New York Sharp.
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. In addition, the selection of gluten-free flour has risen from one brand to over four different brands in the last year.
I'm a fan of King Arthur, but you can get Gold Medal Flour even cheaper.
You can use containers like these to store the flour.
If you don't do a lot of baking, brands may not matter much to you. However, this is the best price for King Arthur flour if you are a baker.
BJs will run $1 off coupons often. Plus, we can use manufacturer coupons too.
I buy this every time as a staple for our house. I mostly cook simple meals that involve a frozen veggie side.
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 an excellent deal at BJs, and it's organic.
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.
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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) are $3.49.
At BJs, you pay $2.49, so I'm saving $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:
An 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 purchasing the BJs brand. If I bought the store-brand cheese monthly, I'd be paying $11.96.
The Flour Savings
King Arthur flour at our local grocery store is $4.59 for a five-pound bag. So that is $0.92 an lb.
At BJs, I will pay $6.99 for 12 lbs. That is $0.58 an lb. This 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 it's $15.99. $0.39 an ounce
We go through a bag of coffee every month. So 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 once a month. So by grabbing this at BJs, we save $5.95 a month.
When we total these savings over the year, it looks like this.
I had to recalculate this because I thought, wow!
I knew shopping at wholesale clubs was saving me money, but adding it up like this is exciting.
When you take the $25 membership out of the savings, you still save $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. Then, compare it to your local grocery store, add up the savings, and share it with us below.
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