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Warehouse Club Prices vs. Grocery Store Sales + Coupons | Which is Better?

Before I started doing hardcore couponing around three years ago, I was always looking for a way to save money. Between using restaurant coupons and buying generic grocery items, I would shop at Sam’s Club. I had just given birth to my daughter, so I figured it would be worth the membership to buy a box $40 box of Huggies and a big $15 box of wipes.
Those prices just about make me faint now! ;)

Anyways, my point is that everything seemed like such a great price at Sam’s Club at the time. Then coupons came into the equation, and I had not stepped foot into a warehouse club until tonight…

The closest warehouse club to me now is Costco. I paid $110 for my membership, noticed the gas prices were $0.20 cheaper than anywhere else, and was handed COUPONS by the customer service guy! I was giddy, I was cheerful, I was optimistic, and then I was…well…disappointed. I was looking forward to stocking up on produce and picking up great deals on pantry items. We bought a Vitamix a few weeks ago, and we’ve been using it 3+ times per day. I wanted to stock up on produce instead of making multiple trips to the grocery store…and sadly the only produce I left with was a 10-pound bag of apples for $9.99. That comes to $0.99/lb, which is easily a price I can get at my local Sprouts Farmers Market.

I will say that I was able to pick up K-Cups for $0.44/cup, which does beat the $0.50-$0.60/cup at my grocery store.

So my question to you is this:
Do you still shop at warehouses?
What do you buy that’s a good deal for your family?

Do you think warehouse clubs are worth it?
Maybe it’s a convenience thing more than a price cut?

Let’s discuss! I’d love your two cents. :)


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