We just renewed our membership to BJ’s and I started thinking are discount clubs really worth the money that we pay to be part of them? I think it was $53 for the year to renew, which allows us to go into the club and purchase merchandise, it also allows us to book travel at discounted rates.
Do they actually have better prices?
There are some products that we buy just at BJ’s and some that we buy at the grocery store. If you like Olive Oil, it is definitely cheaper at BJ’s. I have also noticed that it has prices lower for baby products too such as formula. When you have a baby it is very convenient to drop in and buy the larger tubs of formula or diapers rather than having to go out to the grocery store weekly and stock up. Is there anything that you go to BJ’s or any other club like this for? I know some that go there for their meats.
Does the membership pay for itself?
That is a good question. The amount that we shop there we probably break even. This was up until a few months ago when my wife wasn’t working and we couldn’t go to the store and drop 200 on a trip to BJ’s. Now that we have a little more flexibility with our cash flow that will be something that I let you know about next year. A great thing about BJ’s is that they allow you to use manufacturer coupons as well as store coupons so you can end up saving a decent amount. The BJ’s that we go to has a gas station attached and the gas is usually a few cents cheaper than the local pumps. So I guess if you only fueled up here you could end up making up a good size chunk of your premium paid for the membership back.
Free Trial Membership?
Yes sometimes they offer a free trial membership, make sure you read the literature very closely. Sometimes they say it is free and you may be hit with a surcharge when you go through the checkout.
What do I think?
I have decided that you need to evaluate your own situation to see if it is worth it to you. I know we could probably go to the local store and pay a little bit more for each product but we enjoy the peace of mind being able to shop at the discount club whenever need be. Having a party, no problem go to BJ’s and score some great deals on soda, stationary and other materials for the get together. Evaluate your own situation to see if it would be advantageous for you to become a member. If you do make sure to capitalize on your use of coupons! Everyone’s situation is different and if you think spending a few bucks to save a few bucks is not worth it to you, then there are lots of other ways out there to save!!! Are you a member? What is the main item that you go there for?