I was reading an article on Warehouse Clubs in a back issue of Consumer Reports and one thing I found interesting is they say that while the clubs CAN be great savings, often they don’t work out that way.
First it said, “Consumers will see a deal and buy too much and wind up throwing it away.” Or “they will simply eat more than they want, and wind up eating more and returning to purchase more.”
Second, it said, “Consumers will buy things soley because it’s a bargain and if in a traditional retailer would not buy it. They even have a tendency to buy things they don’t need.”
Third, “Because consumers have to pay a fee, they will return to the club, with the rationalization, ‘I paid for this so I have to get the most use out of it,’ this results in more overspending.”
And the list goes on.
Now to be fair, Consumer Reports does make it clear that warehouse clubs do have a good purpose IF one uses them correctly. The article does say most people simply don’t use them correctly
It goes on to say the best savings at Warehouse Clubs are
Milk, eggs, butter, flour
Prescription and OTC drugs
Wine and beer
Household cleaning products
My question to you, who have an account is, do you think your warehouse club is worth it? Do you see yourself doing any of the above?
What is the best buys you get at warehouse clubs on a regular basis (not a one time thing like a stereo), and what is the BEST one time thing you picked up at one. (Like in this case a stereo)
I have never belonged to one as I have a small place and no car so I have no wear to put anything, and frankly I’m the type of person who if he has food in the house will eat it. It keeps me thin to just no have the food in the house