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Worst Buys @ Warehouse Clubs Info (thanks to Constance)

 
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2006 9:02 am    Post subject: Worst Buys @ Warehouse Clubs Info (thanks to Constance) Reply with quote

WHETHER YOU'RE EYEBALLING a case of Gatorade or a 115-count bag of Gorton's Fish Sticks at your local warehouse club, it's hard to argue that the price isn't right.
Generally, you will save 20% or more on warehouse club products compared with those at your local grocery store. But that doesn't mean everything there is a good deal.

Here are five ways shopping at a warehouse store can cost you more
1. Coupon-Rich Items
Reason Not to Buy: With coupons, you'll save more at your local grocery
store.
Don't toss out your grocery store's circular in favor of a trip to the warehouse club. "When you combine a manufacturer's coupon with a store sale, it's almost always going to beat the warehouse club prices". "Ounce per ounce, it can be as much as half the price."
At Sam's Club, a 36-pack of Charmin Ultra is $16.28, or 45 cents per roll. At Shop Rite, a 48-pack is $15.69 on sale. Tack on a $1 manufacturer's coupon, and you'll pay just $14.69, or 31 cents per roll.

2. Gasoline
Reasons not to buy: When prices are heading up, warehouse prices move up quickly.
When prices are falling, your local warehouse club is likely to have the best prices for unleaded gasoline, simply because clubs go through a lot of gas, so they replenish their supply more often than their competition. But that same quick turnover means that when prices are rising, your local warehouse club may be the first to reflect the increase, says Michael Clayman, editor of the trade publication Warehouse Club Focus.
"There could be a situation where they're less competitive," he says.

3. Unfamiliar Brands
Reason not to buy: If you don't like the taste, you're going to be stuck with a whole lot of it.
At BJ's, you can snag two 40-ounce tubs of Jif peanut butter for $6.54, just slightly more than Stop & Shop's price of $5.29 for a single jar of that size.
It's a great deal -- unless you're a devotee of Peter Pan, a brand the warehouse club doesn't sell. Buying in bulk is not the time to experiment with new flavors. After all, if you hate it, it'll just wind up in the trash.
Clubs carry roughly one-quarter of what a traditional grocery store would offer, says Clayman, which means all your favorites may not be represented.
"You don't have six or seven different kinds of ketchup," he says. "You have a choice of, maybe, Heinz or Hunt's."

4. Dust Collectors
Reason not to buy: You'll never use it all before it expires.
Buying bulk just doesn't make sense for items you don't use frequently, whether it's cereal or sunscreen. You won't save money in the long run if you end up throwing out a barely-touched item because it's expired. In other words, if you don't frequently get heartburn or indigestion, that 116-pack of Alka Seltzer at Costco for $9.49 may not be as good a deal for you as the 36-pack for $5.29 online. Both expire about a year after purchase.

5. Bulk Bags
Reasons not to buy: Hard to manage.
Warehouse club grocery wares fall into two categories: big boxes that contain lots of little packages, and large packages that contain one un-portioned, well, bulk.
If your purchase falls into the latter, consider the hassle factor before you buy. "Do you really need it -- and do you have space for it?"
Unless you're making enough holiday cookies to fuel an entire elementary school, a 25-pound bag of all-purpose flour at Sam's Club ($5.29) will also require a large container to protect it from pests, while a bulk package of steak from Costco ($89.99 for six eight-ounce tenderloin steaks) will need to be repackaged -- and eaten before freezer burn sets in.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2007 12:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Check your local stores for case lot sales and compare the prices. A lot of times it is still cheaper to get them in bulk at warehouse stores, but every so often you can get make a bulk purchase of canned goods or other such items for a lot less when your local grocery store has a case lot sale. Especially if you have coupons!
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2007 12:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Check out the return policy at your warehouse store. Most will take back items, even if they have been opened, for a full refund. So if an items goes bad quickly, tastes bad, breaks, or is in any other way not up to your standards take it back. A lot have super customer serice on electronic returns. So always SAVE YOU RECEIPT. A good way to think of it is to save your receipt for 30 days OR the life of your item. If it was food you ate in a week, keep the receipt for 30 days. If you bought a tv, tape it to the manual and keep it in a safe place. Never know what you might want to return. Way 30 days, you ask? If they suddenly have a coupon at the store you can take your receipt in within 30 days of purchase and get the coupon refunded!
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