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



  • Post # 16
    7189 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2016

    The only things we reguarly buy from Costco are gas and toilet paper. (everything else is usually an infrequent/one time purchase here and there) Just for those two things alone, the membership is worth it in my opinion.

    Post # 17
    108 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2018

    I love Costco! We even booked our honeymoon to Ireland through them. Plus the gas discount makes it worth it on its own.

    Post # 18
    1301 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2019

    We looove Costco. We buy our dog food, paper products, garbage bags, cleaning supplies, coffee, and many frozen food items there. It’s also where I get my shampoo, conditioner and body wash. Plus fun seasonal things, like patio decorations. Their cakes are to die for and we get one for every party we host. We actually bought our sectional from Costco!

    Post # 19
    1111 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2019 - City, State

    Spinoff question: Is Costco cheaper than Aldi???? There’s an Aldi literally the next exit up from me, but Costco I’d have to drive over an hour – for the right price I’d do it.

    Post # 20
    1390 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    It’s worth it to us for the toilet paper alone. Haha. 

    We do get other things there as well. But I never buy toilet paper anywhere else.

    Post # 21
    6379 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I think it’s $60/year for 365 days that’s not bad.  I find their bulk items are really nice in terms of paper products, and some produce, not all though.  It really depends on how much you eat in terms of produce and frozen items.

    Post # 22
    729 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2018

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    misstomorris :  Avid Aldi shopper here as well. I came to this thread to see how everyone loves it. Mother-In-Law used to have a Costco membership but cancelled because she found it cheaper to buy from Aldi and now also does Walmart Pick-Up. Our Aldi is 4 miles from my house, so I freaking love it. 

    I feel like Aldi is still cheaper than Costco? That’s just a big assumption without doing math. Even now Aldi is starting to carry some name brand items… I told DH I could literally buy everything we need at Aldi’s except dog food and even then we can get dog food there it just isn’t the right brand. 

    I dunno though… just following this thread for more info though. Costco is a 40-ish minute drive for me, so not worth that personally. Sam’s Club is about a 25 min or so drive which is slightly more worth it to me. 


    Post # 23
    1292 posts
    Bumble bee

    No kids here and yes it is worth it.  I don’t know what the savings are of buying in bulk, and I’d guess you could coupon just as good of deals at regular stores. But just having a big stock of this stuff on hand is so worth it.  It’s a thousand times better than buying big bulky packs of toilet paper & paper towel, etc. at your regular grocery shop each week or two.

    We buy tons of wine and peligrino from Costco too which is another heavy bulky thing I can skip at my regular weekly grocery shop.  Cleaning products, body wash, toothpaste, etc. it’s so convenient to just have 6 months or a year supply in the house.

    Food wise I only buy pantry stuff like nuts, peanut butter, protein bars, etc.  But again, being well stocked on that stuff is a huge convenience. 

    Post # 24
    1111 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2019 - City, State

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    kmbumbee190618 :  I do the same thing!!!! We go to Aldi once a month to stock up on non-perishables and meat, and I do Walmart Pick-Up once a week for the perishables and produce. Okay, now I don’t feel so out of the loop., lol!!! Thanks for the info. I’m thinking I might go for an adventure with one of my girlfriends to check out Costco.

    Post # 25
    1815 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2019

    Costco and Aldi are totally different. We shop at both. I personally hate Aldi with the bright hot passion of a million suns, so Fiance shops there. I find that the selection at Aldi is super hit or miss, so I could never do all my shopping there. And like a PP said, having things in bulk is awesome. I never have to worry about olive oil, toilet paper, or paper towels. We buy garbage bags like once a year. Plus, Costco’s wine selection is AMAZING. I’m sure that when we have kids, Costco will be even more amazing. 

    Post # 26
    540 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2018 - City, State

    I used to have a Costco membership just for myself and I thought it was worth it. Great deals on everything – I could fill a closet with stuff that wouldn’t go bad (toilet paper, seltzer water, whatever) and save the whole membership back in a handful of trips. Then my roommate joined up, then we split households so now it’s me + my husband and my roomate + his husband sharing one card … savings for days.

    If you’re hesitant to get it just for yourself, is there anyone in your life you could split the membership with?

    Post # 27
    9204 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    another thing I haven’t seen mentioned really is that Costco is great if you entertain a lot! Big veggie platters are $10, big packages of burgers and buns for a crowd, and the sheet cakes are amazing. You can make a cheese and meat platter for a crowd for much cheaper than the grocery store. They also do platters you can order ahead for pick-up that are reasonably priced. 

    Post # 28
    1466 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2018

    Costco for life! We do most of our essentials like meat and paper products as well as electronics. Couldn’t live without it lol 

    Post # 29
    320 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    We had a membership and aren’t renewing it. There isn’t much selection on products, in my opinion. Maybe it’s just my store, but the have like, for example, one liquid dish soap. One toilet cleaner. Ects. And they didn’t have some things I wanted to buy there, like the floor and counter cleaners that I buy elsewhere. We did like the ability to stock up on TP and paper towels. 

    Post # 30
    3434 posts
    Sugar bee


    we have 1 kid but were members before and as single people.

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