Guest Post: Visit Money Saving Mom!

by Beth Montgomery on May 8, 2009 · 2 comments

in Announcements, Tips & Basics

While the author of Money Saving Mom, Crystal, is on “maternity leave”, she kindly posted a guest post from me about buying in bulk! Though I know there are items that are cheaper when bought from a warehouse in bulk, for our family, I’ve found that I can find better deals at the grocery stores and it’s just not worth the membership cost. The bottom line – do the math and make sure it truly is a bargain before your buy in bulk! Sometime the smaller package is actually cheaper per unit.
Want to read the post? Check it out HERE. And let me know what you think about buying in bulk? What items can you find cheaper at the warehouse? And is the membership fee worth if for your family?
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1 amrohe May 8, 2009 at 7:34 PM

I’ve had a Costco membership for about a year, but up until maybe 3 months ago I only used it to buy gas, and even sometimes found that wasn’t all that big a savings (especially when you factor in the membership fee). I started keeping track of grocery prices in my PDA, i.e. sale price + coupon at Kroger vs Costco’s normal price, keeping in mind # of servings, size/weight etc.

Some things I’ve found cheaper … Organic spring mix salad in big clamshell container $3.99, same thing at Kroger is $3.99 for a small bag. Blackberries right now are $3.99 for a 1 lb container, at Kroger they are 3.99 for a pint.

Marie Callendar frozen pot pies, 10 oz, are $2.18 at Kroger, or $1.35ea at Costco (8 ct for $10.79).

Green Giant green beans, 14.5 oz can, $1.54 at Kroger or $0.66 at Costco (12 pack $7.88).

2 Anonymous May 9, 2009 at 2:01 PM

Our Costco membership is paid for with just one 6 month supply of contact lenses for my daughter. Every other savings is just gravy. I find deals on fresh veggies, TP, allergy meds, fruit and kitty litter. Gas is always cheaper at Costco.

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