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Bigger doesn’t always mean more savings when you’re shopping at a club store like BJ’s or Sam’s that sells items in bulk. We talked to Grocery Game founder Teri Gault to find out how to shop these stores like a pro.
Half sheets at the grocery store are $28 to $33, says Gault, adding that warehouse clubs sell these much cheaper, between $16 and $18.
'They're flat-out the best,' she says.
'It's just not a good a deal as what you'll find in the supermarket during a sale and with a coupon,' says Gault.
Frozen veggies on sale at the grocery store can be half the cost of club stores, and even 75 per cent cheaper if the item's on sale and bought with a coupon.
Bacon-wrapped dates and pizza bites are just a few of the yummy starters you'll find in the freezer section, Gault says.
'They're perfect for parties,' says Gault, before adding, 'When I do a giant party, I can serve for about $16 something that would have cost twice as much with a caterer.'
'The middle of the road meat is the same quality as a grocery store, but when it's on sale, it can be half the price of club stores',' Gault says.
'I'd only buy meat there if you're buying prime, it isn't on sale at the supermarket and you need it right now.'
'You can't beat the prices of these anywhere, except at Trader Joe's,' Gault says.
These sell for two dollars a pound nationwide, but at the club store you'll be paying more than 50 per cent more, Gault explains.
Like meats, these will be half the price at the supermarket.
The quality's great, but the price not so much, Gault says.
'Take your circular from the supermarket with you and buy what doesn't beat their price,' she adds.
This is a general tip, but you won't save a thing if the food goes to waste sitting on your kitchen counter.
Especially if you buy in bulk, Gault says. 'Getting a five-pack of romaine is pointless.'
Cooking staples like these are 30 to 50 per cent cheaper than what you'll find in the grocery store.
Don't buy into the idea that bigger is better, warns Gault.
You can find cereal for half off or even cheaper if it's on sale with a coupon elsewhere.
Barefoot Bubbly and other name-brands are about 30 per cent less than what you'll find in the wine store, although when a supermarket has a sale it can be a lot cheaper.
It seems like a deal, but you'll do better grabbing the smaller bottle at the drugstore.
'Those often go on sale for $2, and with a coupon you can sometimes get them for free,' Gault says.
Unless it's not on sale at the grocery store, leave these on the shelf, Gault says.
However, if it's a huge party, go ahead and stock up.
'I love the bakery at warehouse clubs for artisan breads,' says Gault. 'They're such a good deal.'
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