Hitting your favorite warehouse store can be a fantastic way to score deals. Buying in bulk can be a great way to save, but if you’re not careful, you can easily pay more than what you really need to. Instead, if you shop smart and pay attention, you will get awesome deals that fit well within your budget. Check out these 5 tips for successful club store shopping before you shop next. They’re sure to help you get the best deals possible.
5 Tips for Successful “Club” Store Shopping
Shop With a List – The old adage holds true here because going into a club store without a list is like sending a kid to a carnival with a blank check. Instead of running free with your hard earned money, write down the things that you absolutely need and then a separate part of things you want to check the price on to help keep yourself on track.
Know Your Unit Price – The unit price of an item is the cost that you pay per item. So if you’re buying a bulk package of canned soup, the unit price of the soup would be the price you’re paying per can. If you’re aware of the unit price you want to pay (or don’t want to pay over), you can make sure that what you’re buying is within your price range.
Be prepared to leave the “deal” – If the price at the club store isn’t low enough for you, walk away. Sometimes, you really will save more money by buying the smaller packaged item. If toilet paper in bulk is going to cost you $0.34 per roll, but the 4 packs are only $0.22 per roll, it doesn’t make much sense to get the larger package.
Be careful what you buy – Like it or not, there are some items that you just shouldn’t buy at a club or warehouse store. Instead of grabbing them there out of convenience, look elsewhere for the deal. You’ll spend a bit more time looking, but you’ll also spend less out of pocket. Another area to be careful at is buying more than your family can reasonably use. If it goes bad before you can use it, you lost money on it no matter how little you paid.
Skip the Warehouse all Together – If you’re unsure about your shopping skills or you’re just unsure about buying in bulk, it may be best for you to skip the club shopping all together. If you think that by going shopping at a warehouse store, you’ll spend way over your budget, then it really is best to just shop at regular stores. You’ll spend more at the club stores than you would save.
Buying in bulk can be a great way to build a stockpile or just feed your family on the cheap, but it can also be a quicksand pit for your money. Hopefully these tips will help you not only save, but they will help you shop smarter the next time you’re at your favorite warehouse.