Between the price of gas, and groceries, stocking up the fridge or getting to and from work is beginning to cost a pretty penny. But, some people say they've found a way to ease the pain on both counts. We all drive by wholesale clubs like Costco and Sam's, but what some people may not know is, a membership to either one of these clubs costs around $40, but buying in bulk can save you money in the long run. According to wholesale store representatives, its all about one stop shopping. Being able to buy everything you need in one place and being able to buy large quantities means fewer trips to the grocery store. That can add up to saving on gas. Costco general manager Deb Meyer said, "Costco offers everything. We have our pharmacies, our optical departments, everything under one roof. So you can do all your shopping at one time, and not have to drive all over town." Wholesale clubs like Costco and Sam's offer gas at a discounted rate as well. Average price for regular unleaded at both places is about $3.96. Other gas stations nearby are selling unleaded for $3.99 or more. Now it does cost about $50 to become a wholesale club member. Representatives from both Sam's and Costco told WWAY since gas prices have started going up, they have seen an increase in memberships, and increased traffic in their stores.
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