POLL: Is a Sam's or Costco membership worth the cost?

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  • poll: Is a Sam's or Costco membership worth the cost for a couple / small family

    Yes

    No

  • Post # 2
    Member
    1655 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2019

    Yes! We are two people and two pets, but we don’t really get much for the pets there. We get paper products, cheese, meat (divide up and freeze), olive oil, coffee, spices, toiletries, cleaning supplies, any one-off purchases (I got Fiance an Apple Watch for his birthday), la croix, and some dried/shelf stable foods like granola/nuts. We live an hour away from the nearest Costco, so we only go every 4-6 weeks, and it’s worth it 100x over. We are renewing our membership without hesitation.

    Post # 3
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    740 posts
    Busy bee

    I am single, live solo in a 850sq foot condo and Costco is my ride or die. I bought toilet paper for the first time since I moved in in July 2018. It is amazing! 

    I buy produce and freeze it. I have good cupboard space for the pantry. It just has everything. My friends are always making fun of me becaue I tell them they could buy x or y product at Costco for $xx. 

    Staples: deodorant, tooth brush heads, dry shampoo, advil, toilet paper, paper towels, ziploc bags, tin foil, plastic wrap, garbage bags

    Food: kilos of cheese, meats, canned black beans and chickpeas, tomatoes, bagged salad, prosciutto, pop, perrier… list is actually endless

    Other random things I have bought this year: hammock, hiking poles, panty hose, smart light bulbs, pillows

    Post # 6
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    1655 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2019

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    practicalbee123 :  Yes! It was $40 than the cheapest one I could find on Amazon, thanks to a special. Costco has electronics, household good, jewelry, clothes, etc. They also are a much more ethical company than Sams. I’ve found that their bulk sizes are also more reasonably sized than Sams. I live 10 minutes from Sams and 60 (without traffic) from Costco, and still chose Costco. 

    Post # 7
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    606 posts
    Busy bee

    And don’t forget gas! So much cheaper at Costco

    Post # 8
    Member
    4374 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: December 2016

    I am currently munching on a bag of my favorite popcorn from Costco. We get pretty much everything from Costco. Their cooked, shredded chicken breast saves my life constantly. It’s the best for lunches or a quick dinner. D H loves their little single pack hard boiled eggs and sliced cheeses. He buys most of his clothes there. He loves to get big packages of meat then smoke them for all of his employees. I like their book selection. We have even booked vacations through Costco! 

    Post # 9
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    366 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    I voted no because it didn’t work for my personal situation. There aren’t any nearby, and if we make a special trip on the weekend, it’s packed to the point of an hours-long wait to checkout (thanks SoCal). We also don’t have the space in our apartment to buy in bulk. We went once after getting our pass and then let it expire, it just wasn’t worth the hassle for us.

    However, if I lived in a less populated area and had more space, I would reconsider getting a membership.

    Post # 10
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    136 posts
    Blushing bee

    My husband and I have a Sam’s club membership. I originally had Costco but found it was always so much busier. I also have a baby and didn’t do enough research when I got my Costco card. They didn’t sell the diapers or formula my son uses so it wasn’t of much use to me. 

    I ended up getting Sam’s and it seems they sell the same items for similar pricing and is less busy than our Costco. I also like that I can just order online and pick up in store. 

    Post # 11
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    9127 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

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    practicalbee123 :  we have had our Costco membership since pre- dog and kids and it’s been worth it the whole time! It took a little trial and error to figure out what made the most sense for us to buy in bulk but we have a system now. We also have gotten great deals on clothes, camping gear, tires, and lots of random stuff. Plus free samples! 

    Post # 12
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    172 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: November 2020 - North Carolina

    I have a Sam’s Club memebership. We have a dog, cat, and 3 kids. It’s great to buy things at bulk prices no matter if you have kids or not. We get toilet paper, paper towels, paper plates, plastic cutlery etc. It also has helped me lose weight because I buy my food in bulk and meal prep. I have a foodsaver system so I buy meat in bulk and separate it into family portions. I buy ingredients for trail mix in bulk, bottled water, dry goods for the pantry, and drink mixes. They also have really good deals on electronics, books, and clothing. I buy socks and underwear there all the time. But if you don’t get the membership for anything else, at least get it for the amazing free food samples. Sometimes I just go to try out all the samples. Don’t judge.

     

    ETA: The Sam’s Club membership also has a member’s only gas station that’s usually about 15 cents cheaper per gallon than regular gas stations. Also they fix flats for free and have great discounts on tires and oil changes.

    Post # 13
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    4010 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    For me and my husband…no. Mostly because I lose all sense of will power when I go in those types of stores and just buy all the things..things I don’t even need..just because it’s cool to see it all in bulk. If I went about it properly we might could save money but we recently downsized while we wait to build a house, so i don’t have any storage space to keep a ton of non perishables.

    Post # 14
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    7744 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 1997

    We don’t live near a Costco, but it is still worth the membership for us. We buy in bulk while we are there and a chest freezer takes care of the rest. We have purchased everything from produce to alcohol to furniture to jewelry there. While we don’t buy enough to have a premium membership, it is worth the regular one for us.

    Post # 15
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    969 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2019

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    practicalbee123 :  I’m engaged but live alone and YES! I save hundreds of dollars a year in just Costco gas and butter (I have a super small side cake business)

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