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wary of warehouse "Big Box" grocery pricing
Did you know that
many people actually overspend at warehouse stores, and would
actually save more money by shopping at their local grocery
store? How can this be?
First, while the
prices are lower for many products at the warehouse store,
the sizes are larger - do you really need to buy that super
sized container of pepper? Or enough spaghetti sauce to feed
a school for a year? Probably not. And you would have saved
money by buying the smaller quantity, especially when that
smaller quantity would last you a substantial amount of time.
Secondly, you often
have to buy in multiples to get the better pricing. So it
might be regular priced for the gallon sized bottle of shampoo,
but buy three or more and you can save about 30 per cent of
the price. But do you really need to buy three bottles, when
chances are one bottle will last you for at least six months?
You also have to
keep in mind storage. If you have the space and your favorite
toilet paper brand is the one your warehouse is carrying right
now, it might be good to splurge. But do you really want to
store 6 cases of tomato soup?
So while warehouse
stores can be beneficial, chances are you would need a pretty
large sized family to be able to get enough benefit from the
membership when you take into account how easily it is to
overbuy and overspend.
Also read: Hazards
of buying groceries in bulk