We received a reader question about coupon savings involving Costco and Sam’s Club. Thanks for asking!
Costco & Sam’s, because they are warehouse stores, do not accept coupons. Generally the foods they sell are in quantities that the coupons do not apply to, on top of which they are available at a discount price to start with. The warehouses charge membership fees to give you a cheaper price available for users willing to buy in bulk.
Costco members do receive periodic special Costco coupon offers in the mail. The deals generally run for a 6 week period. You’ll get the book in the mail if you’re a Costco member, or you can check out the newest book on their website.
Is a warehouse store a good idea for you? Depends on the size of your family and the amount of room you have to store food! It depends on if the savings realized will more than make up for the annual membership fees.
I shop at Costco, and find that produce is always cheaper than at F.M. or Carrs – unless, of course, something is on a great sale price at the regular store. Like cherries at Carrs this week! Or cauliflower at F.M. last week. Etc… But if your family won’t go through the volume amounts of produce before they go bad, you’re not saving money by buying your produce in bulk. Per item your produce is cheaper, but your total bill would still be higher!
As for other items and what to buy at Costco or Sam’s? That’s material for another post. Stay tuned!
Thanks for bringing up this topic, Bethany!