When I lived back east and was a homeowner, I had a membership to BJ’s Wholesale (a Costco equivalent). At the time, it seemed worth it - I would buy all my toiletries there, stock up on paper towels, toilet paper… things I’d use eventually but also had room to store them in. I’m pretty sure it ended up being a net savings. Some time later, I sold my house, and we eventually moved to the northwest, where we’ve been renting ever since.
At first, we lived in an apartment, so we didn’t really have room to store things, but for the past year, and for the foreseeable future, we are renting a house, and have a basement where we can easily store things, so I’m wondering whether it would be worth it to pay the $50 per year membership cost to Costco, primarily to buy the types of things mentioned above.
I know people think highly of Costco, and I am aware that you can get some great deals on appliances, electronics and other household items, but I’d like for the membership to be worth just on the every day types of things I need alone, and everything else just being a “bonus”.
Are we likely to save money in the long run by shopping for household type products at Costco and stocking up, rather than buying it all at Target (which is where I get it all now)? Costco’s website has not been particularly helpful as far as doing price comparisons, so I am hoping for some first hand experience… and I’m pretty sure there are a fair amount of Costco shoppers here. ;)