Warehouse Shopping & Coupons

As we’ve discussed before, you can’t use normal manufactuers coupons at warehouse stores (Costco, Sam’s). BUT, if you are not already a member, maybe you didn’t know that Costco sends out special Costco coupon books every couple of months! These books normally have a selection of products ranging from diapers/wipes to frozen foods/chips/snack food.

So, for example, I make a point of stocking up on diapers and wipes whenever the coupon is out. I know it won’t be back for another few “turns” so I buy up the limit the coupon specifies.

Another good thing? The coupons are all for multiple dollars off. It’s no “50 cents off” type deals. Of course – everything at Costco costs more, because you’re buying in bulk! So it’s a good thing the coupons are for a larger amount off! You get the coupons books automatically sent to the address your card is registered with. Costco also sometimes has special 1 to 2 week coupon promos running, and the coupons for those are handed to you when you go into the warehouse. I haven’t seen any of those sales this past year, but maybe they’ll be back again. Here’s to hoping!

What about Sam’s, you ask? Sam’s has recently introduced an eValues club which is supposed to provide you with coupon offers to download to your Sam’s card based on your buying history. So, in theory, the coupons should be targeted towards things you are more likely to use. I can’t speak to this as 1) the program is new, and 2) you have to be a Sam’s Plus member to participate. Basic membership is $40 and to upgrade to Plus is another $60! If anyone out there is using eValues leave a comment and tell us more.

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4 Comments

  1. Paulette
    Posted March 2, 2010 at 5:31 am | Permalink

    If you don’t receive or have the coupon, the cashiers are very aware of what is in the book and will give you the coupon price. They keep one right there at the register for that purpose.

  2. Kym
    Posted September 3, 2009 at 2:09 am | Permalink

    Usually, you don't even need the Costco coupons with you to get the discounts. The checkers will scan their own copy for you. i love costco :D

  3. Julie
    Posted September 2, 2009 at 11:25 pm | Permalink

    Kirkland diapers are made by Huggies and are less expensive :)

  4. Elisa
    Posted September 2, 2009 at 9:49 pm | Permalink

    One of my favorite things to buy at Costco is the cheese, you can get a 2 lb. block of cheddar cheese for about $3.50. That's less than a 1 lb. block would cost at most stores. It definitely pays to know which items are a bargain (a huge container of yeast for $3.00 that lasts a year) and what isn't.