I’ve been a die-hard, loyal fan of Costco Wholesale Club for many years now. A lot of people ask me, “is the membership really worth it?” Spending $55 a year may have you thinking that there is no way you can save that much money in a year’s time. A lot of times buying the items in bulk means you’re spending more money, right?
But I’m here to give a shout out to Costco and say that that $55 is some of the best money I spend each year. Here’s why:
1. Exclusive Services. From auto service to health and dental plans, Costco has a whole array of offerings that not a lot of people know about. And these things can seriously save you some money in the long run! Just check out some of these services here.
2. Produce. Even if all you did was shop for produce at Costco, you’d be saving a significant amount of money each year. Costco consistently has cheaper prices on produce than my other grocery stores.
3. Dried Goods. A lot of times it’s really difficult to save money on things like sugar, oats, flour, etc… but Costco does this stuff right. I know I can walk in there and pay significantly less on my dried goods than anywhere else. And a lot of these items are organic which leads me to my next point.
4. Organic Foods. Costco is one of my favorite places to stock up on organic food items, because these items are consistently cheaper here than anywhere else. I go into Costco about once a month, and come out with a ton of organic groceries for under $150. I can stock up on organic grains, spices, sugar, produce, meat, butter, eggs, coffee, milk and even coconut oil! It’s an ultimate resource for healthier eating on a budget!
5. Coupons. Costco offers monthly coupons in their mailer, and you don’t even need to clip! Just take your coupons in, scan them and they’ll take off the discount at the register! So what’s better than getting a good deal in bulk? Being able to use coupons for an added discount!
I spend about $150 a month at Costco, and save anywhere from $50-$100 on a regular basis. The trick is being able to focus my purchases and not get distracted with impulse buys. Focusing on what I buy, and comparing prices to make sure I’m getting the best deal means that $55 a year for a membership is well worth the investment.
Do you shop at a Wholesale Club? If you do, do you feel the cost of membership is worth it? I’d love to know what you think!
Crystal Collins is an Atlanta local, adventurer, a health advocate and thrifty as can be. Check her out on her blog at TheThriftyMama.com.