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,
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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Also, I do not feel the $100 is worth gettingto shop early. Unless you work and need access to the store before business hours, there is no point.
We don't have Costco here, so I can't really compare. We buy our meats and party type foods (if we need large qty's) from Sam's. I wouldn't spend $100 just for early hours or coupons, because we don't shop there enough to make that cost-beneficial to us. We have the $40 membership and it works perfectly for our needs.
I don't know Sam's, but Costo depresses the crap out of me, I don't go there. The things I need to buy in bulk I order from Amazon Grocery.
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We only have Costco here. The lines can be quite long but the employees are always friendly and helpful.
I don't actually have a membership, but go on occasion with my mom. There isn't one in town so we have a bit of a drive to get there.
We don't have Sam's Club either, so I can't compare, but I do like Costco. We go about once a month to buy meat which I portion and vacuum seal (gotta love the Food Saver!). The quality of the meat in particular is much better than that in the local grocery stores. We go to a new location in a town just south of the city, which is actually closer than the south location in the city. The lineups aren't as long and there's tons of parking. Wish I could give an opinion on Sam's, but I don't even think I've heard of it in Canada.
No Sam's here. We use Costco for certain items, but don't have a huge family or lots of storage space so it is limited what we purchase there.
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