Lately my husband and I have been discussing the merits of joining a Wholesale club. We've discussed it many times in the past but have never been able to decide if it was really worth it or not. So we took a little test drive through BJ's this weekend and checked out some of the deals.
Unfortunately, many of the items we inititally looked at only looked like good deals - but then when I calculated price per item (see below) I noticed the price was substantially higher.
Things I bought at BJ' during this trip:
- Large 4 pack of Lysol Wipes. Cost was $11.99 and there was a $2.00 off coupon in the BJ's coupon book - making these wipes $9.99 (or $2.50 per 80 ct container). These large wipes containers usually retail for around $4.50 EACH so I thought this was a really good deal!
- Milk - $2.39 a gallon! You can't beat that!
- Bertolli Instant Meals - a 3 pack for $3.50!
- Berkley Jensen Cat litter - $8.99 for 40lbs! I pay almost double this for Tidy Cat.
Here are my tips for determining whether or not a wholesale membership is worth it to you:
1) Figure out what the lowest price you can get your membership for. I can get a discounted card through my union. Ask at your preferred club to see if they offer a discount for AAA or AARP members etc.
2) Think about your shopping habits. Is it likely you will visit this store on a weekly or monthly basis? Do you do smaller shopping trips or huge 'stockups'? Will you actually make good use of your membership?
3) Know your prices. If you typically pay $1 a jar for tomato sauce - then you know that three pack for $6 isn't worth your while. When in doubt calculate the price by the amount of units to determine how much each item is really costing you.
Do you belong to a wholesale club? If so which one and what do you typically buy there? Do you think the membership is worth the price? Let me know!