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Some ways to use warehouse clubs to put more money in your pocket through hard periods and good ones

Warehouse clubs can be great for keeping supplies on staples you use often, and shopping for groceries at these clubs is a time-saver.  Instead of rushing to do groceries once a week, you can stock up once a month or less, taking advantage of large-size packages and saving time to do other things.  Also, warehouse clubs can help make sure that running low rarely happens and that you’ll always have plenty of what you need to cook supper on hand.

There are many benefits to Warehouse Clubs. Large families that consume vast quantities of meat, or need a quart of spaghetti sauce instead of a few ounces, will find cheaper options at these clubs. Also, these clubs have party trays, appetizers, and large portion entrees already made for parties, so you can save some time when you are in a hurry.

There are three main warehouse clubs that are widely known throughout the country. Sam’s Club is the most widely known in the country. Sam’s has 540 stores in 48 states. The Sam’s Club membership is $35 and up for the year depending on which package you choose. Needless to say Sams (and WalMart) have been the subject of quite a bit of heated controversy. On the one hand they offer significant savings for many types of businesses and on the other hand they are sometimes a threat to businesses.

Costco, a chain with 452 stores in 36 states, is known more for its’ food selection than the other clubs. Costco has a wide selection of meats and gourmet desserts that you can’t find at the competing stores, and their annual membership is $35, which is cheaper than all of their competitors. The other warehouse club that ranks high on everyone’s list is BJ’s Club, but you will only find one of their 154 locations in the Northeast. Their membership fee is $40 a year, but you can also find great deals on televisions and cashmere sweaters for gifts.

There have been dangers that are associated with warehouse clubs. For instance, a woman in Cincinnati suffered severe head and neck injuries in 2001 when 5-35lbs bags of kitty litter fell from a top shelf and hit her in the head. Another woman barely escaped a sofa falling on top of her in a Sam’s Club. Not to say that it is hazardous to shop in these places, but you should be aware that items (often oversized) are placed high in order to create more space for the isles.

There are some inconveniences to shopping at warehouse or club stores.  There’ll usually be long line ups, especially on weekends, so if you’re the impatient type or really need to be somewhere else, avoid shopping at warehouse stores.  Also, if you hate packing your groceries in strange-sized empty boxes, keep in mind that warehouse stores don’t usually offer bags for packing your groceries at all.  Most warehouse stores don’t accept credit cards either, and you’ll need to use a debit card or provide a check for payment of your items.  Give the store you’re thinking of signing up with a call to ask about their particular policies.

There are some families and people who end up being the type that don’t use their memberships.  Most of the time, shopping in bulk is a habit one grows into.  Also, people who buy in bulk need to make sure they have storage space available.  Some individuals think that buying in bulk is only for big families, not single people, but that idea isn’t really true.  While single people or childless couples may not use up tons of ground beef every week, certain items such as paper towels or soap still can be cheaper and more convenient than buying elsewhere.

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