Depending on your circumstances, even something that’s well-priced at Costco may not make sense for you. Because Costco often sells products in bulk, you need to be able to eat any perishable food before it goes bad, for example.
“I think people feel like, ‘Because I’m paying for a membership, everything here is a great deal,'” Demer says, but that’s not actually the case. Even if you head to Costco regularly, you need at least one other place to shop as well: “Otherwise, I’m willing to bet you’re buying enough things that aren’t good deals that you’re kind of wasting the savings you’re acquiring.”
If you’re a devoted coupon clipper, you may be better off, in many cases, at your local grocery store. That’s because Costco doesn’t accept manufacturer coupons, although they do have their own coupons and promotional offers.
And if you do a lot of online shopping, consider Amazon’s Subscribe & Save. You don’t need to be an Amazon Prime member to take advantage of this service. It lets you save up to 15 percent on items, many of them sold in bulk, that you can select to be delivered automatically at a desired interval.
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