You went out and bought a membership for your local wholesale club and now your about to go shopping? These places can cost you a lot of money if you don’t know what you are doing. They can also save you a lot of money if you do know what you’re doing. Here are some great ways to save money when shopping at a wholesale club
Yes even wholesale clubs have store brands. They also tend to be higher in quality because wholesale clubs have a better return policy. They often have samples set out all along the store and most of their samples are their store brand items. They try and get you to sample them before you use them. Don’t be afraid to try the sample and if you like it, go ahead and buy it since the store brands are always a lot cheaper then the name brand items. Just like everyone else, you will find store brand items that you love and then you will find store brand items that you don’t really care for and would rather have name brand items.
These stores offer larger containers filled with the things we use everyday. The containers are often a lot bigger then what we would like. That’s nothing that a funnel and your old container can’t cure. Things like ketchup, mustard, dressings, and juices are just some examples of things we use on a day to day basis. Look around your house and think about all the things you use a lot and make a list so you know what you’re looking for before you go to the store.
If you have a good quality vacuum sealer and a deep freezer then you can purchase your meat at your local wholesale club. The price often comes out a lot better per pound, making it a huge savings. Of course if you don’t have a deep freezer then you might not have a lot of room to store all these meats, so just stock up a little bit. Hamburger is something that most household go through a lot of, so this would be the first thing you would try and stock up on. A vacuum sealer is a must when it comes to freezing meats that you have stocked up on.
Head to the store with a list of things that you want to purchase and another list of things that you want to price check. Once you make this list and head to the store make sure you stick to the list. If you find other things that you might want, then write that down on your list with the price for next time. Impulse buying means you spend more and you don’t always know if you have gotten a good deal or not. So write down the item, size and price so you can check it out further when you get home.
Share with Friends
If you have a friend who likes a lot of the same things as your family does then shop together. You could go in half on the membership, and then split some of the items. A lot of things will come in two packs, you can take one and your friend can take one and you guys split the cost of the item. This can become a real savings if you guys plan things out together and plan well.
This is one of the most important things to pay attention to. People tend to thing because they got 4 bottles of ketchup at a discount price it means it was a deal. That’s not always true. You need to check out the unit price. The best way to do this is create a spreadsheet on all your normal items and the lowest possible unit price you can get the items for. Then take that spreadsheet with you. Write down the unit prices for everything you use there. If you take one day and write down all your information, then when you go shopping the next time, you will know what you should purchase at the wholesale clubs and what you shouldn’t. Since prices often change and things get marked down, keep a copy of the spreadsheet with you at all times. If you carry a trapper keeper around like I do with coupons and what not, it can be a standard item inside there.