How many times have you come home from a long day at work, tired and distracted, only to realize that you have to still make supper and there’s nothing to eat in the house? You have not had a chance to get your groceries done this week and supplies are running more than low.
Well, maybe you should have chosen a wholesale warehouse club store as your grocery supply store to avoid running out of your staples and favourites.
There are many benefits to Warehouse Clubs. Large families that consume vast quantities of meat, or need a quart of spaghetti sauce instead of a few ounces, will find cheaper options at these clubs. In addition, these clubs have party trays, appetizers, and large portion entrees already made for parties, so you can save some time when you are in a hurry.
Three main wholesale warehouse clubs that are the most well known are Sam’s Warehouse Clubs, Costco and BJ’s Warehouse Club. Sam’s has 540 stores in 48 states and are famous for reducing their prices so low that they often times force local businesses to go under. The Sam’s Club memberships are $35 and up for the year depending on which package you choose. Costco, a chain with 452 stores in 36 states, are better known for their food selection than the other clubs are. They carry a wide selection of meats and gourmet desserts that you cannot find at the competing stores, and their annual membership is $35, which is cheaper than their competitors. The other warehouse club that ranks high on everyone’s list is BJ’s Club, but you will only find one of their 154 locations in the Northeast. Their membership fee is $40 a year, but you can also find great deals on televisions and cashmere sweaters for gifts.
There have been dangers associated with warehouse clubs. For example, a woman in Cincinnati suffered severe head and neck injuries in 2001 when five large bags of cat litter fell from a top shelf and hit her in the head. Another woman barely escaped a sofa falling on top of her in a Sam’s Club. Not to say that it is hazardous to shop in these places, but you should be aware that larger items are often placed on higher levels in order to create more space for the aisles.
There are some inconveniences to shopping at warehouse or club stores. There will usually be long line-ups, especially on weekends, so if you are the impatient type or really need to be somewhere else, avoid shopping at warehouse stores. Also, if you hate packing your groceries in strange-sized empty boxes, keep in mind that warehouse stores do not usually offer bags for packing your groceries at all. Most warehouse stores do not accept credit cards either, and you will need to use a debit card or provide a check for payment of your items. Give the store you are thinking of signing up with a call to ask about their particular policies.
Some people do buy memberships and do not use them or visit warehouse stores so infrequently that the cost of the membership is not offset by savings. Many singles or childless couples think warehouse shopping is for large families with kids, but in truth, we all use staples such as toilet paper, soap, and cereal. Shopping at a bulk store does mean that you will need to make sure you have enough storage space at home, but the convenience pays off, saving you plenty of rushed, weekly trips to grocery stores.