Frugal Club Bargains

Findings from CouponMom.com research found a list of items you’re most likely to buy at their lowest costs by club shopping.  In my area, Coscto is my go to club for purchasing these items below.

  • Dairy Products: You can expect to pay 30% less than supermarket’s price on eggs, butter, cream, half-and-half, individually wrapped cheese sticks, egg substitute, and both block and grated cheeses.  Milk is generally cheaper at the Wholesale club, depending on how low your supermarkets’s milk price is that week.  Gourmet cheeses sell for half the supermarket’s price.  If you use coupons and combine them with sale prices or buy the store brand, you will have greater success at the supermarket buying sour cream, margarine, individual yogurt cups, ice cream, cottage cheese, and cream cheese there.  If you don’t use coupons, you will fare better shopping for these items at wholesale clubs.
  • Fresh Produce: You’ll pay less per pound for top-quality produce at a wholesale club, but you’re going to have a lot of food on your hands.  If you can split the cost with a friend this will help save money.
  • Baking ingredients: For those of you who bake regularly, potential savings is significant when buying in bulk.  You’ll find name-brand chocolate chips, real vanilla extract, yeast, basic spices, evaporated milk, vegetable oils, and nuts for 40 to 60 percent less than supermarket name-brand options.  If you don’t mind buying in large quanitity, the savings are significant.
  • Fresh and Frozen meat, chicken, and fish:  Not only is the club price lower, but the grade is also higher.  Remember, packages are larger so you’ll want to store or freeze smaller quantities of ground beef, steaks, roasts, and chops for future meals.
  • Bakery and deli items: Wholesale clubs feature a variety of super-sized baked goods, “take and bake”, sheet cakes, extra-large pies, muffins, pastries, and bagels, all at lower prices than you’d pay at a supermarket bakery for the same quantity.
  • Plastic bags, garbage bags, foils, and plastic wraps: Many of the moms in the CouponMom.com community say that even with sales and coupons, it’s hard for supermarkets to beat wholesalers here.
  • Batteries:  Without a doubt, the best prices on batteries is at the wholesale club.  Costco’s Kirkland brand of AA batteries sold in forty-eight-count packs work out the equivalent of 92 cents for a four pack.
  • Frozen juice, fruits, and vegetables:  Wholesaler prices are hard to beat.  Large bags of frozen vegetables and fruit are bargains.
  • Private-label houshold and paper supplies: Name-brand bath tissue and laundry detergent are generally no cheaper than supermarket sale prices, but you can save at wholesale clubs by buying store brands.  Kirkland bath tissue is one of Costco’s top-ten best-selling items, so it’s quality meets thier shoppers’ standards at up to half the price of other name brands.
  • Snacks and quick meals: Small food courts inside wholesae clubs are great places for quick – and cheap bites.
  • Costco coupon book provides an added savings each month.  Make sure and grab one upon entering the club!

Strategic Shopping fits all budgets! Do you have any frugal shopping tips when it comes to club bargains?

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