Buying in bulk to save money

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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Now that we're living in a troubled economy that is pushed to use third party resources such as a payday loan just to survive. This doesn't have to be the case however. I recently read an interesting article on the payday loan blog at personalmoneystore.com explaining how to save on your biggest monthly household expense, your food bill! The article covered a few interesting topics such as buying food in bulk, shopping off a planned list and then only once a month, comparison shopping, and weekly advertisements. Shopping this way takes a little foresight and financial planning but is a great way to save money. Some of the other things that were spoken of were planning meals around cheaper staples such as beans, rice, and pasta, which can be prepared in a variety of ways that make great tasting yet inexpensive dishes. You can read the two part article yourself entitled "Grocery Shopping for Big Savings" on the payday loan money blog at personalmoneystore.com.
I am a Costco member and LOVE it!! The photo center has reasonable prices. It also allows me to order my photos online and pick them up when I am in the store for other things! The pharmacy is also a good option, especially if you don't have insurance, which I don't. I have not paid more than $12-$15 for prescriptions that I WAS paying more than $25 at Walgreens. While I like the 24 hour accessibility of Walgreens, I am willing to deal with the limited pharmacy hours if it will help save money! Something that was not mentioned in the story is that EXECUTIVE members get a 2% return on ALL purchases made, even gas. The money is given to you once a year on your membership anniversary. My membership fee has been paid for since we became members and then some! A couple hundred dollars can help, especially in this day and age! I have also found that Costco employees are friendlier than those at Sam's. (and NO I am not a Costco employee!)
I agree its a great place to shop. But the executive membership doesn’t give 2% back on gas. I believe that the Costco american express does give a percentage back on gas purchases but I'm not sure of the amount. Very nice people there and no I'm not a employee or related to one either.