Are Warehouse Clubs Really Cheaper?
Does buying from a warehouse club always mean cheaper prices? Do you walk into a warehouse and assume everything is cheaper? The bigger the package, the cheaper the price…right?
In many cases, warehouse clubs are cheaper, but don’t be fooled into thinking that everything is a great deal. You must know your price per unit! The next time you go to the grocery, make a “cheat sheet” – list the 20 items you buy the most often (milk, bread, cheese, etc.) and write down the price per unit. If you look closely at the shelf tag, the teeny tiny print is the price per unit. It will most likely say, “price per lb.” or “price per oz.” Now the fun part, do this same exercise at a warehouse club and compare!
After extensive “shopping research”, I’ve come up with a list of the Top 10 warehouse club deals! These items are ALWAYS cheaper at warehouse clubs, so I no longer bother to look for coupons or wait for sales at my local grocery. Remember, warehouse clubs sell in bulk, so it’s only a good deal if you can use it before the expiration date!
Top 10 Warehouse Club Deals
Cheddar Cheese, shredded, store brand
$2.15 per pound vs.
$3.25 per pound at a local low price grocery store.
Cheese Sticks, name brand
16AÃ¯Â¿Â½ per cheese stick vs.
28AÃ¯Â¿Â½ per cheese stick at a local low price grocery
21AÃ¯Â¿Â½ per cheese stick for store brand a local low price grocery store.
Milk, store brand
$2.50 per gallon vs.
$2.98 per gallon a local low price grocery store.
Fresh Organic Baby Spinach
$3.79 per pound vs.
$5.98 per pound at a local low price grocery store.
Pesto, store brand
36AÃ¯Â¿Â½ per ounce vs.
62AÃ¯Â¿Â½ per ounce at a local low price grocery store
Bakery Cakes & Pies
Great Prices if you don’t want to bake it yourself!
Hillshire Farms Deli Select Lunchmeat
$3.33 per pound vs.
$4.98 per pound at a local low price grocery store
Nestle Chocolate Chips
11AÃ¯Â¿Â½ per ounce vs.
21AÃ¯Â¿Â½ per ounce at a local low price grocery store
13AÃ¯Â¿Â½ per ounce for store brand at a local low price grocery store
Austin Peanut Butter Crackers, individual packages
12AÃ¯Â¿Â½ per package vs.
20AÃ¯Â¿Â½ per package at a local low price grocery store
Duracell AA Batteries
43AÃ¯Â¿Â½ per battery vs.
51AÃ¯Â¿Â½ per battery at a local low price grocery store
23AÃ¯Â¿Â½ per battery for store brand at a warehouse club
42AÃ¯Â¿Â½ per battery for store brand at a local low price grocery store
3AÃ¯Â¿Â½ per tablet vs.
21AÃ¯Â¿Â½ per tablet at a local low price grocery store
You’re probably saying, it’s only a few cents! Remember, you won’t be buying 1 oz. of anything or 1 battery or 1 generic Claritin tablet! Those pennies quickly add up to dollars!
So, what are the best deals at your local grocery? If you are a coupon clipping queen and buy items on sale and with a coupon, you can always find these items for less than a warehouse club!
Cereal – I can always buy a box of name brand cereal for less than $1.50 a box!
Cake Mix and Brownie Mix – I can always buy a box of cake mix or brownie mix for less than 50AÃ¯Â¿Â½ a box!
Cream Cheese – I’ve never paid more than $1 a block for Philadelphia cream cheese!
Bread – You’ll always find a sale on bread if you’re willing to try different brands!
Meat – learn to stock up on meat when it’s on sale!