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Do warehouse clubs like Costco save you money in the long run? – Marketplace

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Listener Anne Prianti from Alpharetta, Georgia, asked: 

Do warehouse clubs (i.e. Costco, Sam’s, BJ’s) cost you more than you save? I run a high school kitchen and if my monthly inventory is high (dollar-wise) it impacts my finances negatively. Wouldn’t purchasing and storing bulk items also negatively affect my household finances? 

When Sarah Boling was raising five kids as a single mom, she remembers being unable to buy common household goods in bulk because she didn’t have enough cash on hand. 

That meant purchasing, say, a four-pack of toilet paper for a couple of dollars versus a 16-pack that cost more but would last a lot longer. 

“With all those kids, you know, toilet paper, paper towels — all of that, you go through that stuff pretty quickly,” said Boling, who resides in Inverness, Florida. “So it would have helped if I would have been able to buy large quantities.” 

Now that she has a more stable salary and …….

Source: https://www.marketplace.org/2021/09/16/do-warehouse-clubs-like-costco-save-you-money-in-the-long-run/