The warehouse club can be overwhelming when you step inside, after all, it is huge. It is full of products with large quantities, seasonal promotions, adding up to huge savings. It is the kind of place where you can come out with giant jars of mayonnaise, a new TV, and pounds of hamburger meat. As great as the warehouse club is, remember that we are paying a yearly fee to be a member, so prices should be lower, but in order to get the membership fee to pay for itself, smart shopping will need to occur. A few tips: wear comfortable shoes so you can move quickly around the store, so you can get in and get out, and use cash/debit instead of credit, so you make sure do not go overboard, which can be easy to do.
Don’t Let the Plain Interior Fool You
With giant TV’s for sale greeting you at the door, seemingly endless aisles around the perimeter of the store stacked up to the ceiling on pallets, along with huge amount of fresh food, there is something for everyone at the warehouse club. Unfortunately, that is where they get you. Do not let the concrete floors and exposed beams trick you into thinking that everything is being given away in this bare-bones warehouse, tricking us into buying items that we may not need.
Not Saving Money if Throwing Food Away
Large quantities of fresh, frozen, and non-perishable foods are what the big warehouse clubs are known for, so it is normal to want to stock up while you are there. Before you put the item in your cart, keep in mind the expiration date, if it is even a possibility that you will finish by then without it going bad and needing to throw away. You may be saving money at the point of sale, but if you throw away half of your giant carton of eggs before the spoil, you are also throwing out any potential savings along with it.
You Will Get Over Not Having Items
Since the inventory changes constantly in warehouse clubs based on the season or featured items, fear of missing out on an item if you do not purchase now can occur, but if you are not sure if you want it, or worse yet, cannot pay for it, it is best to let it go and maybe after a few successful and money efficient trips you can finally reward yourself on something you actually want.
Enjoy the Free Samples, but Keep Walking
Much like going to a grocery store on an empty stomach will fill your cart with unnecessary items, imagine how much money you can waste at the warehouse club on impulse purchases. Free samples are a personal weakness of mine. They taste good, they have the items on display right there, and they are also on sale, and magically they are still in my freezer. Do yourself a favor, take a free sample and enjoy, but move onto the next one.