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View Poll Results: Which "Big Box" Member's Club Do You Prefer?
Costco 7 63.64%
Sam's Club 1 9.09%
Other (please specify in your post) 3 27.27%
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Old 03-04-2016, 02:57 PM   #1
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Costco or Sam's Club?

A little background. I've been a member of Sam's Club for many years. At one time it was the only option in my area. Now we also have a handful of Costcos as well. After talking to several people, I am considering switching over to Costco.

Just looking for some opinions. What I'm wondering is if anyone has had experience with both places and, if so, which you would recommend?

The things I buy most are:
  • Meat
  • Fish
  • Fresh and frozen vegetables
  • Wine

I don't buy a lot of prepackaged foods, so I don't care about those. Right now, I can't buy wine at Sam's, so that weighs in Costco's favor, too.

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Old 03-04-2016, 03:04 PM   #2
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My understanding is that Sam's is sort of Costco's ugly stepsister. Sam's is affiliated with Walmart. Personally, I would go with Costco.
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Old 03-04-2016, 03:27 PM   #3
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I have no preference, except which is closest. Right now we are members of BJ's. We only use them for stuff like drinks and household goods. For meat, cheese and some seafood, we use either Penn Dutch or Restaurant Depot. We are now only 3 blocks from the local Penn Dutch and maybe 5 miles from a Restaurant Depot.
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Old 03-04-2016, 03:47 PM   #4
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I do not belong to any big box stores. I live alone so I have no need for large quantities, regardless of how much money I could purportedly save.
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Old 03-04-2016, 04:00 PM   #5
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For a time I had memberships at both Sam's and Costco. Now I have only Costco, as they have more choices than Sam's.
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Old 03-04-2016, 04:14 PM   #6
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We used to have a BJ's membership, but it's not in a convenient location so we didn't use it enough to make it worthwhile. Costco is in an even less convenient location. I also ended up buying more than I intended, every single time (the cheese! the fresh pasta!), so I don't consider it a good value. Kroger and Total Wine do it for us.
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Old 03-04-2016, 04:35 PM   #7
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Costco! Hands down!

I used to have memberships at Sam's, BJ's and Costco.
Sam's was the worst of the 3 in a lot of ways. I dropped that years ago.
BJ's is more convenient, so I've kept it for stocking up on household stuff. Plus their credit card gives me 5% back.

Costco has better prices than BJ's but is 45 miles away, so I don't go as often. However, I always go there to stock up on meat & seafood. Both are even better quality than the grocery store. I have Publix, Fresh Market and Whole Foods near me, and I would choose Costco over all of them. They not only carry an outstanding selection, the quality is top-notch. They even have a good selection of Prime beef if you want it. U-8,-10 on shrimp & scallops. The cheese selection is wonderful. Wine prices are very good, similar to or a tad cheaper than Total Wine.

You really need a Food Saver and plenty of freezer space.

The only downside is if you don't have an Amex card. They only take Amex or debit. This summer they are supposed to be switching from Amex to Visa in the US (they did that in Canada already). Sam's and BJ's take whatever you want to use.

I don't buy a lot of fresh veg there, because of the quantities, and I'm not a fan of most frozen ones, so I can't speak to those.
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Old 03-04-2016, 05:15 PM   #8
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Costco or Sam's Club?

I have to put a leash on DH at Costco. He loves their wine selection, and by the time we get to wines, I'm done with shopping. He's busily loading up with reds and whites. He's more of an oenophile than I am.

Our nearest Costco is about 45 minutes away, probably a good thing. We do load up on paper products.
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Old 03-04-2016, 05:26 PM   #9
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I'm with SLoB, I don't buy enough to bother with a membership.

I find that I can save on groceries by buying the "dips" and taking advantage of the promotional prices offered by the regular grocery chains in the area.
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I now do all my grocery shopping at Smart & Final Extra. They are a grocery store and a restaurant supply store and they have the large quantity packages as well as normal people sizes, an expanded fresh produce section with both organic and inorganic produce, and there is no membership fee. The closest store is about 5 miles from my house, but the good news is they will be opening a new store about 4 blocks from my house and right on my way home from work in July of this year.
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