Costco vs Sam's club - which do you prefer and why?

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    Default Costco vs Sam's club - which do you prefer and why?

    I'm debating on switching membership when my current membership is expired. Here are some of my key interests about each store -

    1- crowdedness (does it take as long to check out as it does to fill my grocery cart),

    2- price and quality,

    3- locations,

    4- variety (do they offer several choices, or only a name and store brand choice?),

    5- do you feel the membership fee is worth what you pay for (do you feel the 2% back Costco membership gives you 2% of your yearly spending back, do you feel the $100 Sam's membership is worth the early shopping hours and extra coupons?)

    6- Staff (are their employees around to help if I need to find an item?)


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    I prefer Costco, but the closest one is 40 miles away from where we currently live, so we have a membership at Sams instead. When we lived in Atlanta we had a Costco membership, and I liked the stores better.

    I do like the PLUS program at Sams, though I really wonder if I'm getting enough savings to be worth the extra $60 per year i pay for it versus the regular membership. The Plus program gives you discounts off certain items throughout the year. I did notice that I'll actually be able to renew my plus membership for $25 off for the upcoming year, so i'm pretty excited about that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ahicks07 View Post
    I'll be able to renew my plus membership for $25 off for the upcoming year
    How are you getting $25 off the Plus membership?
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    sorry for the late reply. It's part of the e-values for plus membership. Plus membership is $100 normally, but I'll get it for $75 this year.

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    I don't use either one. We used to go to Sam's, but it was so far away, and we found that we could actually buy most everything cheaper on sale.

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    Someone on FB mentioned shopping in bulk at a restaurant supply store and said it was cheaper than Sam's or Costco. I think I will look into that. It would also be a lot closer to home in our case.

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    I'm a rebel here...we have a BJ's membership. I like it for being able to combine their coupons and manufacturers coupons. We also were able to get a discounted membership renewal this year through DH's work. We don't buy everything there, especially if we can get a doubled coupon on a smaller size in the Shop Rite. But overall we really like it.
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    I like costco because it has more selection of things in bulk...not just food...I live thier diapers! The send out coupons every week just about...that's cool. Sans didn't back when I had a membership. Plus they give you 170$ at check at the end of the year if you shop enough which pays for the membership fee. They basically pay u to shop.
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    I agree that the Costco diapers are great! DH did some research and found out that they're manufactured at the same place at Pampers- they're basically the same diaper, just at a MUCH better price. We've found that it's even cheaper than using the Amazon mom subscription.

    Other than the diapers, I haven't found that much of a difference between Sam's and Costco (although we obviously like Costco a little better, since that's where we're currently members). I think a lot of it depends on what you're buying there. We also periodically shop at a local restaurant supply store. We're fortunate to live in an area where all of these stores are really close by.
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