Ways to Stretch Your Food Dollar at Costco, BJ's, and Sam's Club

Big-box retailers are great places to save money

Buying a membership to a big-box warehouse club like Costco, BJ’s, or Sam’s Club is generally a pretty good idea. You have access to massive quantities of pretty much anything you could ever want, and the prices are generally pretty good, too. But if you’re not careful, you can end up wasting a ton of money on things you don’t need and/or food you’re not able to eat before it goes bad. But if you keep these 13 tips in mind, you won’t waste a dollar on food at warehouse clubs ever again.

Ways to Stretch Your Food Dollar at Costco, BJ's, and Sam's Club Gallery

The restaurant industry, especially sit-down chains like Applebee’s, has been having a rough go of it recently, in a large part because more and more people are cooking at home instead of dining out. Stretching our dollars at the supermarket is a way of life, and for certain food items, you can stretch your dollars the furthest at warehouse clubs.

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If you play your cards right, you can end up saving hundreds of dollars in grocery money every year by shopping at warehouse clubs. But if you play them wrong, you can end up throwing away hundreds of dollars’ worth of unnecessary groceries. The most important things to keep in mind are to not buy any foods in bulk that you’re not going to be able to use quickly or freeze, and to play close attention to deals and sales. And don’t forget the main rule of thumb for grocery shopping in general: Don’t shop hungry! Read on to learn how to stretch your food dollar at big-box stores like Costco, BJ's, and Sam's Club.