Are you team Costco, or are you team Sam’s? The problem with either one of these clubs, is it requires an exclusive membership. To be able to join and get this exclusive membership, you have to pay a fee. So what exactly are you getting for that fee? A promise of lower prices and packages of toilet paper that are so large, it requires two shelves in the linen closet.
I recently wandered both clubs. From the interior lay-out, they are almost indistinguishable. You are greeted by big screen tvs and then paraded past the books, apparel, office supplies, and kitchen gadgets before ever getting to the milk.
So no real difference there. But what about the prices?
Well, if you want to use price in determining which club to join, I jotted down a few prices. Please do not mistake this for a complete break-down on price comparison on every item in the warehouse. People, I have a life! It’s taken me two weeks just to type up what I did jot down. The prices I compared were for items I knew both warehouses sell. I have a much longer list of Costco prices here. For price comparison sake, I tried to do as much apples to apples as I could and I hunted for organic products ~ since that’s the way I roll.
Here is how they compare:
In case you are wondering, KS stands for Kirkland Signature, the Costco brand. And MM stands for Member’s Mark, the Sam’s Club brand.
What do you think of the price comparison?
For me, I buy organic milk, and I tend to buy it at Costco about twice a month. If prices at each warehouse stay the same for the next 12 months (and we all know there is no guarantee of that!) I save $47.76 over the price of buying it at Sam’s Club. So to me, that says I belong to the right club. Go team Costco!
Oh wait. I also buy dates almost every time I shop Costco. So, over the course of the next 12 months if the prices stay the same (and we all know there is no guarantee of that!) I’m spending $24.24 MORE at Costco than I would if I shopped Sam’s Club. Go team Sam’s Club!
Huh. Looks to me like both clubs offer savings. So how do you choose? No really. I’m asking. How do you choose? Leave me a comment & let me know!