Welcome to the world of a BJ's Shopaholic! I'm sure many of you can relate to the thrill of walking through the aisles of BJ's Wholesale Club, finding amazing deals on bulk items, and stocking up on everything you need for your home.
However, knowing how to shop smart while indulging in your love for shopping is crucial when you must stick to a budget.
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List is Life
Before stepping foot into the store, I always make sure I have a list in hand. It's like a treasure map guiding me toward the golden deals and away from the sirens of impulse buys.
Stick to the list, folks, and your wallet will thank you.
Stock Up on Non-Perishables to Shop Smart
BJ's Wholesale Club is known for its bulk items at an affordable price. Canned goods, pasta, rice – these things won't go bad and will save you a ton of money in the long run.
Plus, who doesn't love having an endless supply of mac and cheese?
Timing is Everything
Now, this might sound a bit odd, but hear me out. I've found that shopping at off-peak times (like early in the morning or late in the evening) can be a game-changer.
The store is less crowded, which means I can take my time to compare prices and hunt for the best deals. Plus, it keeps my kids from throwing extra goodies into the cart when I'm not looking.
Check out this video of my mistake last Saturday while shopping. I did my pickup order for some of the amazing coupon stacking deals.
Tech to the Rescue
I'm no tech whiz. But even I must admit, the BJ's mobile app has been a lifesaver. My favorite part about it is scanning items and seeing if a coupon is available. If there is you can clip it.
Just remember you need to clip your coupons at least 15 minutes before you start checking out. Otherwise, they won't be in your account.
For many BJs, express pay is a secret weapon in your pocket. You can scan items as you shop in your cart and then skip the checkout line.
Meal Prep Magic
This one takes a bit of planning, but trust me, it's worth it. Each week, I sit down and plan out our meals. Then, I buy only what I need for those meals at BJ's. It saves me money, cuts down on food waste, and saves me from the nightly “what's for dinner” panic.
This is my favorite meal planner to use.
Keep an Eye on Coupons and Deals
And don't even get me started on the joy of finding a good deal. There's nothing quite like the thrill of discovering an item you need is on sale or, better yet, has a coupon stack. It's like winning the lottery, but you get cheap laundry detergent instead of a giant check.
BJ's offers a wide range of daily deals and exclusive coupons available to its members. Make sure to check your membership booklet and this blog, MyBJsWholesale, frequently to catch these offers. Signing up for our email newsletter to get updated on the latest deals is also a good idea.
When shopping at BJ's, comparing prices with other retailers is important. Just because BJ's offers items in bulk at a lower price doesn't mean it's the cheapest option.
The best way to compare prices is to use the BJ's mobile app, which provides real-time pricing information. BJ's does not price match. Most of the time, when BJ's has a coupon, I find it cheaper than Walmart and any other grocery store.
Sometimes, if another store has it on sale without a coupon, it could be a better deal.
Brand Loyalty Schmoyalty
Don't be afraid to go for BJ's store brand products. They're often just as good as the name brands but have a much smaller price tag. BJ's offers a 100% money-back guarantee with their store-brand items. If you hate it, return it to your local club for a full refund.
The size of the savings on these items is enough to make any budget shopper do a happy dance in the aisle. Our favorite is the Wellsley Farms Granola bars.
RELATED: Check out the 10 most popular BJ's Store Brand Items.
Stick to Your Budget
Lastly, sticking to your budget when shopping at BJ's is crucial. It's easy to indulge in the vast options and end up overspending. Always be mindful of your budget and plan your shopping ahead of time.
This is my favorite budgeting binder I use.
Making small changes to your shopping habits can greatly impact your finances. I've saved hundreds of dollars since I started shopping at BJ's, and all it took was a little planning and a lot of love for a good deal.
Remember to keep a list, stock up on non-perishables, keep an eye on coupons and deals, compare prices, and always stick to your budget. Happy shopping!
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