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Finance and Economics => The Money Board => Topic started by: Smurf Hunter on November 30, 2016, 01:09:53 PM

Title: [article] Does Shopping at Costco, Sam's, or BJ's Actually Save You Money?
Post by: Smurf Hunter on November 30, 2016, 01:09:53 PM
Some interesting points, many I already knew, but good to have assumptions validated:

http://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/2016/11/30/does-shopping-at-costco-sams-or-bjs-actually-save-money.html

Key points:

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Buying an item you don't need because it was marked down from $125 to $50 is not saving $75. It's spending $50.

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"Also, it's important to remember that buying in bulk is generally not a great idea for perishable goods," Glaser added.
Title: Re: [article] Does Shopping at Costco, Sam's, or BJ's Actually Save You Money?
Post by: RitaRose1945 on November 30, 2016, 01:21:52 PM
I still remember maybe 20 years ago, back when Oprah was on TV.  They were discussing big box stores, and they laughed at the idea of buying toilet paper in such huge bulk quantities.


My question was "Yeah, but how likely is it that you will stop using toilet paper at some point, and that everyone who visits your house will too?"


We usually get milk (two gallons at a time), cream (half gallon), eggs (60 count) and butter (4 boxes of 4 sticks).  Anything else is definitely a planned and researched purchase.  It's way too easy to suddenly "need" something that you didn't need yesterday.
Title: Re: [article] Does Shopping at Costco, Sam's, or BJ's Actually Save You Money?
Post by: CPT Morgan on November 30, 2016, 01:50:29 PM
Speaking of Costco, we like a lot of their Kirkland brand products and find that buying in bulk saves us money even on perishables.  That said, we often repackage to freeze, dry, or can.
Title: Re: [article] Does Shopping at Costco, Sam's, or BJ's Actually Save You Money?
Post by: r_w on November 30, 2016, 02:04:46 PM
Appropriate package sizes for a family of 2 are not the same as a family of 12.

Context matters.
Title: Re: [article] Does Shopping at Costco, Sam's, or BJ's Actually Save You Money?
Post by: Smurf Hunter on November 30, 2016, 02:16:38 PM
I fully agree.  A lot of the economics reinforce the idea "you've gotta have money to make money".

e.g. if your favorite toilet paper is discounted 90% off with no quantity limit, why wouldn't you buy as much as you could afford/store? 

You do have to take care for some unusual things without a known baseline for comparison.  Many supermarkets might carry a product in quantities of 4 or 8, but Costco has a 30 pack.  The average shopper won't be bothered to do the 3rd grade math to realize they are only saving $0.02/ea, and will buy the giant portion assuming it's a much better deal.
Title: Re: [article] Does Shopping at Costco, Sam's, or BJ's Actually Save You Money?
Post by: David in MN on November 30, 2016, 02:38:28 PM
We easily make back our membership fee on fruit, meat, cheese, olive oil, coconut oil, and liquor sales (though that's likely due to my state's puritanical blue laws). I'm holding a hunk of real Parmesan which cost $13.11 for 1.45 lbs. You ain't getting that deal anywhere else.

That said, I have had the experience to attend a discussion with some Costco buyers as to what they look for in products during my previous career. Make no mistake. These are not fools. And they damn sure planned to have you walk past the big screen TVs on your way to buy dishsoap. Your Costco trip is meticulously planned to get you to "go treasure hunting" (their words, not mine). And if you're a putz like me you wander every isle using the "Costco code" to find bargains on crap you likely don't need.

So it works if you can self-control. I've had some fights with the Mrs. A gallon of pickles? 50 lbs of flour? Half a mile of clingfilm? (The clingfilm lasted a decade.) But for the most part it's smooth sailing. And it has really saved us money and enriched our lives.
Title: Re: [article] Does Shopping at Costco, Sam's, or BJ's Actually Save You Money?
Post by: Smurf Hunter on November 30, 2016, 03:04:03 PM
Half a mile of clingfilm? (The clingfilm lasted a decade.)

You are the first non-UK person I've heard use the term "cling film".
It's "plastic wrap"  every where else in America. 

Though I can empathize with your use of "pop" as it's common where I live too:
http://www.popvssoda.com/
Title: Re: [article] Does Shopping at Costco, Sam's, or BJ's Actually Save You Money?
Post by: RitaRose1945 on November 30, 2016, 03:07:41 PM
Kirkland AllerClear - 10 mg loratadine tablets - $12.49 for 365 tablets - 3.4 cents each


Claritin at Walgreen's - 10 mg loratadine tablets - $39.99 for 70 tablets - 57 cents each


And that, ironically enough, is for the Walgreen's "value size" bottle.


Since me and my son both take it every day, guess where we're going!
Title: Re: [article] Does Shopping at Costco, Sam's, or BJ's Actually Save You Money?
Post by: Smurf Hunter on November 30, 2016, 03:11:06 PM
Kirkland AllerClear - 10 mg loratadine tablets - $12.49 for 365 tablets - 3.4 cents each


Claritin at Walgreen's - 10 mg loratadine tablets - $39.99 for 70 tablets - 57 cents each


And that, ironically enough, is for the Walgreen's "value size" bottle.


Since me and my son both take it every day, guess where we're going!

But you aren't suppose to only get the stuff you need.  Every few trips you're suppose to grab a high def TV or laptop - if everyone was smart like you, Costco would go bankrupt.
Think of the share holders!
Title: Re: [article] Does Shopping at Costco, Sam's, or BJ's Actually Save You Money?
Post by: David in MN on November 30, 2016, 03:15:02 PM
You are the first non-UK person I've heard use the term "cling film".
It's "plastic wrap"  every where else in America. 

Though I can empathize with your use of "pop" as it's common where I live too:
http://www.popvssoda.com/ (http://www.popvssoda.com/)

Haha. Most of the chefs I worked under when younger weren't American by birth and I picked up some international lingo. Wot wot? And I was born and raised outside of Milwaukee so it's soda to me.  ;)
Title: Re: [article] Does Shopping at Costco, Sam's, or BJ's Actually Save You Money?
Post by: xxdabroxx on November 30, 2016, 03:32:44 PM
I have some of the giant rolls of stretch tight my grandma bought there before she passed.  One unopened, and one lightly used.  It'll likely last me many years.  I find foil much more useful as it can go in the oven. 
Title: Re: [article] Does Shopping at Costco, Sam's, or BJ's Actually Save You Money?
Post by: endurance on November 30, 2016, 04:31:58 PM
Yup, I save money on some stuff, and up spending more on other things. Some things are hard to find anywhere else, so I like that aspect. In the end, I think it's a wash for me.


I have some of the giant rolls of stretch tight my grandma bought there before she passed.  One unopened, and one lightly used.  It'll likely last me many years.  I find foil much more useful as it can go in the oven.

It gets really exciting in the microwave!
Title: Re: [article] Does Shopping at Costco, Sam's, or BJ's Actually Save You Money?
Post by: RitaRose1945 on November 30, 2016, 04:45:12 PM
But you aren't suppose to only get the stuff you need.  Every few trips you're suppose to grab a high def TV or laptop - if everyone was smart like you, Costco would go bankrupt.
Think of the share holders!


I guarantee there are a whole lot more that make up for me.
Title: Re: [article] Does Shopping at Costco, Sam's, or BJ's Actually Save You Money?
Post by: xxdabroxx on November 30, 2016, 04:46:00 PM
It does that for sure, but I don't have a microwave at home.  In the process of remodeling my little house and there just isn't room.  And think of all the cancer I'm not getting from the microwaves...   ::)
Title: Re: [article] Does Shopping at Costco, Sam's, or BJ's Actually Save You Money?
Post by: Smurf Hunter on November 30, 2016, 04:51:21 PM
And think of all the cancer I'm not getting from the microwaves...   ::)

I'm sure you stay away from wifi, bluetooth and mobile phones as well...  :P

The microwaves in the appliance are shielded at least.
Title: Re: [article] Does Shopping at Costco, Sam's, or BJ's Actually Save You Money?
Post by: Carl on November 30, 2016, 04:56:11 PM
SURE,I got 20 pounds of peanut butter,50 pounds of rice,50 pounds of beans,and a 12 gallon jar of pickles and bought a box of HO HO's for the dawg and still had change from $20 bux.
Title: Re: [article] Does Shopping at Costco, Sam's, or BJ's Actually Save You Money?
Post by: xxdabroxx on November 30, 2016, 05:07:47 PM
I'm sure you stay away from wifi, bluetooth and mobile phones as well...  :P

The microwaves in the appliance are shielded at least.

Oh but of course.  I wear my tinfoil hat most everywhere I go.  LOL
Title: Re: [article] Does Shopping at Costco, Sam's, or BJ's Actually Save You Money?
Post by: CPT Morgan on November 30, 2016, 05:16:53 PM
Besides the common cost savings my family finds at Costco, they have an awesome return policy.  You can virtually return anything, for any reason, for a full refund and often extends past the manufacturers standard warranty (i.e the Traeger pellet grill i purchased).
Title: Re: [article] Does Shopping at Costco, Sam's, or BJ's Actually Save You Money?
Post by: FrugalFannie on November 30, 2016, 06:21:03 PM
Interesting as I was just having a conversation about this subject with my mom.

I used to have a BJ's membership. I checked Bj's, Sams Club and Costco at the time. Made a spread sheet and wrote down prices of the stuff I would buy from each store as well as my local grocery store. Then I figured out what would be best to buy at one of the big 3 and how much I would save and how many times per year I would buy said item. Each store ended up with a potential savings amount minus the cost of the membership. I ended up with a BJs membership and saved quite a bit of money. When I opened my business I saved a ton of money at Bj's just on the water I bought for my training studio/clients.

Here I have a Sams Club membership. No Bj's near me. I don't save as much but I still save enough to make it worth it.
Title: Re: [article] Does Shopping at Costco, Sam's, or BJ's Actually Save You Money?
Post by: shadowalker_returns on November 30, 2016, 09:36:30 PM
Sam's Club Business and Plus Member.

It works for us. The cash rewards program is great. Just used it on a new set of tires. Received over $300.00 off the tires. We use Sam's Club for some things and HEB/Natural Food stores for other things. Like anything else it all comes down to how you manage your purchases.For us its worth the hundred dollars a year. We have received no less than $400.00 off our annual purchases for every year we've used the Plus program, so its working for us. we have a 7-9 person family we always purchase for and that number triples during the holidays.

Regards,
Shadowalker
Title: Re: [article] Does Shopping at Costco, Sam's, or BJ's Actually Save You Money?
Post by: FreeLancer on November 30, 2016, 10:49:09 PM
We definitely save money shopping at Costco on a regular basis, both in the cheaper price for buying in bulk, plus the cash back rewards from using their credit card (pay off each month). 

There are food staples that are generally cheaper, gasoline is always the lowest price in my area, and if you keep your eye open there are deals to be had on clothing and home furnishings.  I think that their produce is very difficult to beat in terms of quality, let alone the price, for the most part, and the cheese I like is significantly cheaper.  There's probably ways to get stuff cheaper by religiously comparing prices and cutting coupons for everything, but I have no patience for that. 

I avoid the electronics section, as a general rule, unless there is something specific I need, because there's too much temptation to buy crap I don't need and could become obsolete before I get around to using it.  And since it's been about a decade since they carried decent tools on a consistent basis, I don't blow much money on that aisle anymore, either.

My biggest complaint with Costco is the crowds and seemingly deliberate method of positioning demos and food samples in order to slow navigation through the store.  I heard a podcast awhile ago that talked about all the analysis that goes into figuring out all the things that makes people put more crap into their carts before they hit the checkout lane.  So you do need to be mindful that, to a certain extent, we're all being played when we step inside.
Title: Re: [article] Does Shopping at Costco, Sam's, or BJ's Actually Save You Money?
Post by: jerseyboy on December 01, 2016, 05:19:25 AM
It does that for sure, but I don't have a microwave at home.  In the process of remodeling my little house and there just isn't room.  And think of all the cancer I'm not getting from the microwaves...   ::)

I literally had an argument with my wife's cousin about whether or not microwaves produced ionizing radiation.

Crazy...
Jerseyboy
Title: Re: [article] Does Shopping at Costco, Sam's, or BJ's Actually Save You Money?
Post by: Carl on December 01, 2016, 05:22:55 AM
I literally had an argument with my wife's cousin about whether or not microwaves produced ionizing radiation.

Crazy...
Jerseyboy

Did you talk to her on her CELL PHONE? :deadhorse:
Title: Re: [article] Does Shopping at Costco, Sam's, or BJ's Actually Save You Money?
Post by: Morning Sunshine on December 01, 2016, 05:47:52 AM
My biggest complaint with Costco is the crowds and seemingly deliberate method of positioning demos and food samples in order to slow navigation through the store.  I heard a podcast awhile ago that talked about all the analysis that goes into figuring out all the things that makes people put more crap into their carts before they hit the checkout lane.  So you do need to be mindful that, to a certain extent, we're all being played when we step inside.

same goes for any grocery store.
Kind of a funny story: I had bought a VitaMix blender at Costco 12 years ago.  Probably one of those impulse buys, but not totally, as I was looking for a stronger blender than I had at the time.  2 years ago it starts dying.  I knew it was time for a new blender, but VM again or Blendtec?  We hit Costco so rarely (about an hour away so when we go, we REALLY stock up) that I finally just decided that whichever blender was there next time I would buy.
We arrived, and it was Blendtec.  We stopped for the demo, then I engaged the salesman in conversation.  At the end of the conversation, I put one in the basket.  My then 13-yo son about had a heartattack.  He had never seen me "be influenced by a salesman before!"  He was most surprised that I would "impulse" buy an expensive machine like that.  We had to explain to him that I was already planning to buy a new blender, and this time just happened to be that one.

speaking of their road shows, those are often a very good deal also.  I have been wanting Cutco steak knives for years, but unable to stomach the price tag.  At Costco they were almost half off.  Again, my son was surprised, not realizing that it was something I had been looking at for years.
Title: Re: [article] Does Shopping at Costco, Sam's, or BJ's Actually Save You Money?
Post by: RitaRose1945 on December 01, 2016, 08:15:03 AM
My biggest complaint with Costco is the crowds and seemingly deliberate method of positioning demos and food samples in order to slow navigation through the store.


Yes, and more than the standard grocery store.  I can tell because I get anxious in crowds if I have to navigate through them, and it's about double the amount of anxiety at Costco versus the grocery store.
Title: Re: [article] Does Shopping at Costco, Sam's, or BJ's Actually Save You Money?
Post by: AvenueQ on December 01, 2016, 10:10:40 AM
We're those weird people at Costco that only have a half-full cart at checkout. We buy really specific things there, mostly non-perishables, and since it's just the two of us it's usually not much. Once in a while we'll see a special that just can't be beat, but mostly we stick to the standard stuff.

If we get there on Saturday or Sunday morning exactly when they open, the crowd usually isn't too bad. We're in and out quick enough that it's just starting to fill up by the time we leave.
Title: Re: [article] Does Shopping at Costco, Sam's, or BJ's Actually Save You Money?
Post by: Smurf Hunter on December 01, 2016, 10:45:03 AM
We're those weird people at Costco that only have a half-full cart at checkout. We buy really specific things there, mostly non-perishables, and since it's just the two of us it's usually not much. Once in a while we'll see a special that just can't be beat, but mostly we stick to the standard stuff.

If we get there on Saturday or Sunday morning exactly when they open, the crowd usually isn't too bad. We're in and out quick enough that it's just starting to fill up by the time we leave.

My last two visits I didn't use a cart.  I carried all my items by hand.  People were staring at me as if I was carrying a live pony.
Title: Re: [article] Does Shopping at Costco, Sam's, or BJ's Actually Save You Money?
Post by: FreeLancer on December 01, 2016, 12:08:21 PM
My last two visits I didn't use a cart.  I carried all my items by hand.  People were staring at me as if I was carrying a live pony.

Last weekend on our way to the extended family meal I ran into Costco for a couple pies. With no cart slowing me down, I threaded thru the crowds and sample stations with ease. Wham, bam, out in 5 minutes.
Title: Re: [article] Does Shopping at Costco, Sam's, or BJ's Actually Save You Money?
Post by: Carl on December 01, 2016, 01:25:25 PM
Last weekend on our way to the extended family meal I ran into Costco for a couple pies. With no cart slowing me down, I threaded thru the crowds and sample stations with ease. Wham, bam, out in 5 minutes.


Such willpower and determination deserves KARMA.
Title: Re: [article] Does Shopping at Costco, Sam's, or BJ's Actually Save You Money?
Post by: David in MN on December 01, 2016, 01:56:42 PM
I did a Costco run a few months back and bought 10 gallons of apple juice and 6 lbs of brown sugar. The sales clerk commented that my daughter (I brought the baby) must really like apple juice. I didn't have the heart to tell her I was going to ferment it.

If you're a brewer, soap maker, etc. that membership comes in handy.
Title: Re: [article] Does Shopping at Costco, Sam's, or BJ's Actually Save You Money?
Post by: CPT Morgan on December 01, 2016, 02:00:50 PM
I did a Costco run a few months back and bought 10 gallons of apple juice and 6 lbs of brown sugar.

First thing that came to my mind was Apple Pie Moonshine.
Title: Re: [article] Does Shopping at Costco, Sam's, or BJ's Actually Save You Money?
Post by: FreeLancer on December 01, 2016, 03:15:40 PM
Such willpower and determination deserves KARMA.

Actually, the real test of willpower was refusing seconds on pie.  I love me some pumpkin pie!!
Title: Re: [article] Does Shopping at Costco, Sam's, or BJ's Actually Save You Money?
Post by: endurance on December 05, 2016, 03:42:37 PM
If you are going to Costco, always go while the local football game is playing. The place is empty. Never go right before... Worst time ever.
Title: Re: [article] Does Shopping at Costco, Sam's, or BJ's Actually Save You Money?
Post by: Stwood on December 06, 2016, 10:20:18 AM
We don't have any big box stores closer than an hours drive, so we seldom ever shop them.
No club memberships. We shop places like Aldi's, local gro store, Save a Lot, etc.
And we try to be specific in what we buy. We do buy bulk to save if there's enough price drop in bulk.
And we always pick up something for the storehouse. *Always*, every trip. Can of fruit, carton of shelf stable milk, macaroni, etc.
Title: Re: [article] Does Shopping at Costco, Sam's, or BJ's Actually Save You Money?
Post by: xxdabroxx on December 07, 2016, 03:55:10 PM
I'm not a Costco member, nearest one is about an hour away.  But, today I bought another meat package from my local butcher shop (something you all may have near you too).  It has 3 lbs of new yorks (was a little over 3 lbs), 3 lbs of top sirloin (likely also over weight but they weighed it in the back), 3 lbs of hamburger in patties, and 2 lbs of skinless boneless chicken breasts (also  over weight by a fair bit) for $59.  I added a couple pounds of bacon (they have great thick cut bacon) and had them season 3 of my new yorks for dinner tonight for a grand total of $69.69.  I figure I probably paid a little under $5 a lb based on the packages that were overweight.  Pretty good deal I think. 
Title: Re: [article] Does Shopping at Costco, Sam's, or BJ's Actually Save You Money?
Post by: Stwood on December 07, 2016, 04:47:44 PM
Oh we do Amazon Pantry once in a while. Did an order last night. Watch for the coupon deals, and the 5.99 shipping is free sometimes.
So a 90.00 order, with no shipping and the coupons, total was 74.00
Title: Re: [article] Does Shopping at Costco, Sam's, or BJ's Actually Save You Money?
Post by: xxdabroxx on December 07, 2016, 05:17:35 PM
Oh we do Amazon Pantry once in a while. Did an order last night. Watch for the coupon deals, and the 5.99 shipping is free sometimes.
So a 90.00 order, with no shipping and the coupons, total was 74.00

If you don't mind me asking, what kind of stuff do you find on the prime pantry?  I can never find enough I want bad enough to fill a box. 
Title: Re: [article] Does Shopping at Costco, Sam's, or BJ's Actually Save You Money?
Post by: Stwood on December 07, 2016, 05:27:46 PM
Lets see...
Coffee (have to price shop that)
Body wash
Spices
Tomato soup
Dish soap
Paper towels (box filler)
Toilet paper (box filler)

Just have to go into Pantry, then pull up the coupon items. That's where you can save some.
We've found that most of it is too high priced for us.
We like convenience, but won't pay through the nose for it.
Title: Re: [article] Does Shopping at Costco, Sam's, or BJ's Actually Save You Money?
Post by: xxdabroxx on December 07, 2016, 05:29:28 PM
Right on, I'll have to look into the coupons. 
Title: Re: [article] Does Shopping at Costco, Sam's, or BJ's Actually Save You Money?
Post by: FrugalFannie on December 08, 2016, 08:07:01 PM
just started using Amazon's subscription service or whatever they call it. The coconut and almond flours, flaxseed, coffee, and nuts are all cheaper on amazon than at our local Whole Foods or other grocery. We buy organic versions. The office in our complex receives packages shipped via USPS so they are going to start hating me.
Title: Re: [article] Does Shopping at Costco, Sam's, or BJ's Actually Save You Money?
Post by: Stwood on December 08, 2016, 08:31:02 PM
We do the subscribe and save also. Have for about a year now. The more items you do, the more you save.
We don't do a lot, and have it set for every 3 months, and usually 2, maybe 3 different items.
It's a way to help stock up. We get a couple 500 count aspirins, some suave soap, maybe a 3 pack of tea bags. Go 2-3 shipments like that, then change things around. Add to, drop, reduce, etc
Title: Re: [article] Does Shopping at Costco, Sam's, or BJ's Actually Save You Money?
Post by: FrugalFannie on December 17, 2016, 09:42:43 PM
just started using Amazon's subscription service or whatever they call it. The coconut and almond flours, flaxseed, coffee, and nuts are all cheaper on amazon than at our local Whole Foods or other grocery. We buy organic versions. The office in our complex receives packages shipped via USPS so they are going to start hating me.

Bwahahaha

So my first shipments came along with a couple other things I had ordered for 1 time delivery. But I was away for a week and my husband can't get to the office during the week to pick up packages. The office staff asked if they were christmas gifts. I should have just said yes!
Title: Re: [article] Does Shopping at Costco, Sam's, or BJ's Actually Save You Money?
Post by: Stwood on December 18, 2016, 11:32:51 AM
 :facepalm:   :rofl:
Title: Re: [article] Does Shopping at Costco, Sam's, or BJ's Actually Save You Money?
Post by: PorcupineKate on April 25, 2017, 08:58:08 PM
I find I am shopping less and less at Bjs.  I can often find deals on Amazon and I don't have to drive 40 minutes round trip.  The boxes all wind up under wood chips in the garden.  Most of our food is coming from local farms including our own. 

I do renew my Costco membership when I need new glasses.  They are one of the few places that have affordable titanium frames for women.  BJ's will now fall into this category since I found my latest pair of glasses there.  They don't mind if you renew once every few years.

Title: Re: [article] Does Shopping at Costco, Sam's, or BJ's Actually Save You Money?
Post by: mountainmoma on April 26, 2017, 12:39:11 AM
I am a member of Azure Standard for buying stuff foods and staples, not Costco, or Amazon. I order and pay online once a month, then go to a truck pick up spot 10 minutes away a few days later and pick up my order. This is way less expensive for organic foods than local stores. And, unlike Costco ,electronics to navigate around either.....
Title: Re: [article] Does Shopping at Costco, Sam's, or BJ's Actually Save You Money?
Post by: osubuckeye4 on April 26, 2017, 07:55:58 AM
I'm a Costco member and I believe it does save a bit of money every year (even after the membership fee).

Not so much on the food items, but more on the household supplies like garbage bags, paper plates, aluminum foil, toilet paper, paper towels, laundry detergent, etc.


NOTE: We're not "couponers" (we use the occasional coupon here and there, but don't go out of our way to find them), if we were then we might rethink the Costco approach.


Title: Re: [article] Does Shopping at Costco, Sam's, or BJ's Actually Save You Money?
Post by: Black November on April 26, 2017, 09:39:18 AM
The value of costco will different for each individual.

With that being said, I recently signed up for a Costco membership only because they are building one within walking distance from my house.

My initial impression, so far, is that it's not all that its cracked up to be. I do think it is easy to justify membership fee, but their sales model is to entice you to buy more that normally would. Not in a prepper way, but in a I can't pass up on what appear to be a good deal way.

Example1:
Costco is really good at selling you stuff you didn't know you needed or wanted under the guise that it is a really good deal.

I don't normally eat potato chips or junk food, but look you can buy a 50 lb bag for $150.

Example 2:
Costco is really good at using awkward sizes and variables to confuse customers.

Costco 5 tubes of 8.2 oz tooth paste for 12.99 (https://www.costco.com/.product.100099592.html) = $0.32 per oz
Target 2 tube of 6.2 oz tooth paste $4.99 (http://www.target.com/p/crest-complete-whitening-scope-minty-fresh-striped-toothpaste-12-4oz/-/A-14366454?lnk=rec|pdpipadexsrch|related_prods_vv|pdpipadexsrch|14366454|1) = $0.40 per oz

In this case, Costco was slightly cheaper, but most people don't know the average cost per ounce of tooth paste. so it is very difficult to make a decision on the spot.
Title: Re: [article] Does Shopping at Costco, Sam's, or BJ's Actually Save You Money?
Post by: RitaRose1945 on April 26, 2017, 09:58:45 AM
Costco is really good at selling you stuff you didn't know you needed or wanted under the guise that it is a really good deal.

Costco can save you a lot of money, but you have to go there with a dual mindset - both open minded for great deals (like going in for chicken but finding an amazing deal on fish, so being able to switch it up) and sticking to the list (yes, you will need toilet paper and gallon freezer bags, but no matter how low the price, 50 pounds of avocados isn't a great deal, so no).
Title: Re: [article] Does Shopping at Costco, Sam's, or BJ's Actually Save You Money?
Post by: Black November on April 26, 2017, 10:12:52 AM
Costco can save you a lot of money, but you have to go there with a dual mindset - both open minded for great deals (like going in for chicken but finding an amazing deal on fish, so being able to switch it up) and sticking to the list (yes, you will need toilet paper and gallon freezer bags, but no matter how low the price, 50 pounds of avocados isn't a great deal, so no).

Agreed. It is kind of like credit card debt. It works if you use it responsibly, but most Americans are not responsible spenders. There is a lot of temptation to over spend.

My point is that most people don't spend the 5 minutes crunching numbers on their cell phone to determine if it is a good deal, they just assume it is a good deal based on rough estimations in their head regarding type of good and size.
Title: Re: [article] Does Shopping at Costco, Sam's, or BJ's Actually Save You Money?
Post by: Smurf Hunter on April 26, 2017, 11:00:55 AM
You are only saving money if you were planning to buy it before hand.

e.g. if you can save $0.25/roll and stock up on toilet paper - you're saving

If a 4K samsung TV is marked down to only $500, and you rationalize "this was $2000 just a year ago.  what a deal!" <- that is not saving money.  They extracted an additional unplanned $500 from you.  A small set of people may have been patiently waiting to buy a TV, but I'm talking impluse purchases.

Title: Re: [article] Does Shopping at Costco, Sam's, or BJ's Actually Save You Money?
Post by: FrugalFannie on April 26, 2017, 03:27:59 PM
Costco can save you a lot of money, but you have to go there with a dual mindset - both open minded for great deals (like going in for chicken but finding an amazing deal on fish, so being able to switch it up) and sticking to the list (yes, you will need toilet paper and gallon freezer bags, but no matter how low the price, 50 pounds of avocados isn't a great deal, so no).

It is if you have a freeze dryer!  ;D
Title: Re: [article] Does Shopping at Costco, Sam's, or BJ's Actually Save You Money?
Post by: RitaRose1945 on April 26, 2017, 03:35:14 PM
It is if you have a freeze dryer!  ;D

You can freeze dry avocados?  How do they turn out?
Title: Re: [article] Does Shopping at Costco, Sam's, or BJ's Actually Save You Money?
Post by: Morning Sunshine on April 26, 2017, 03:38:49 PM
It is if you have a freeze dryer!  ;D
You can freeze dry avocados?  How do they turn out?

and how do you use them?  I froze mashed avocado for a while for guacamole, but quit when my family got big enough to eat a whole one in a meal.
Title: Re: [article] Does Shopping at Costco, Sam's, or BJ's Actually Save You Money?
Post by: FrugalFannie on April 27, 2017, 08:42:53 PM
and how do you use them?  I froze mashed avocado for a while for guacamole, but quit when my family got big enough to eat a whole one in a meal.

I have only FDed guacamole. But yes, you can FD slices of avocado. I would guess you rehydrate them and use them however you would use an avocado - slices on burgers, guacamole, cilantro-lime-avocado sauce for steak, etc.