18 Best Buys at Warehouse Stores

Just because something is displayed on a pallet doesn't make it a bargain. There are, however, some things you should nearly always buy at your favorite wholesale club.

9. Electronics

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You’re probably going to shop around before you plunk down a thousand bucks for the gigantic 4K TV. When you’re shopping, consider more than price. Some warehouse clubs have better warranties. Also, check the club website as well as the brick-and-mortar store. There will sometimes be a price difference between the two.

10. Travel

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It’s worth checking out your warehouse club’s prices for car rentals, hotels and travel in general. Costco and BJ’s offer travel deals through their websites. Prices and deals vary, but it’s worth the extra couple of minutes it takes to compare their prices with those of travel sites.

11. Financial services

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Some warehouse chains can help you get a mortgage or various types of insurance. There are far too many variables involved in such purchases to make blanket statements about whether it would be a good deal, but it never hurts to check.

12. Clothes

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The selection of colors and sizes is a lot more limited than you’ll find at a department store. But if you find something you like that fits, the price will often be better.

13. Plastic bags

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Everything from full-sized trash bags all the way down to sandwich bags will come at a lower price at a wholesale club, at least if you stick to generic brands. And you won’t have to worry about them spoiling before you can use them all.

14. Pet supplies

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Dog and cat food can be cheap at your club, but be wary of the package size and any expiration dates — pet food can go bad. Chew toys for dogs as well as rawhide bones and dog biscuits are often cheaper than at the pet store, too.

Other things, like cat litter, can be considerably cheaper and obviously won’t go bad before you can use them up.

15. Dairy

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Milk can be super cheap at a warehouse club. The downside is you might have to buy two gallon-size containers at once, so make sure you’ll use all of it before the expiration date.

Cheese can also be a good buy, along with eggs.

16. Organic produce

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This is another of those things that can be cheap but is often offered in large quantities at warehouse stores. If you won’t use all of it before it goes bad, maybe a friend or family member is willing to split the cost and the big package of organic produce with you.

17. Meat

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Meats, both regular and organic, can be a great deal at warehouse clubs.

Freeze what you won’t use right away, and it will last for a long time.

18. Coffee

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The per-pound prices for beans can be less than half what a grocery store charges, let alone a coffee shop. K-cups also tend to be a bargain at wholesale clubs. Just make sure you’ll use whatever you buy before it becomes stale.

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