Paige Loves Sam’s Club but Her Husband Loves Costco… Here’s Why
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Hey there, Paige here!
I work more behind the scenes at Hip2Save but I just couldn’t resist expressing my love for Sam’s Club since it’s “Bulk Buying Tips” week of our Financial Boot Camp!
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Anyway, I LOVE shopping at Sam’s Club for a variety of reasons, while my husband Bruce would much rather shop at Costco. I know that any marriage has its ups and downs but not agreeing on our preferred warehouse store comes up more than you’d think!
In the case of fairness, here are both of our reasons why we each have our own store preference.
Why I love shopping at Sam’s Club:
1. Overall, it’s more affordable.
I personally think Sam’s Club is a little bit cheaper than Costco. For example, not only is their Rotisserie Chicken better, but it’s a whole penny less as well! 😆 In all seriousness, I’ve noticed the frozen food section to be cheaper than Costco’s. In general, if you’re joining a warehouse club to save money, Sam’s is your best bet.
2. Sam’s has a better clothing selection
While I love every clothing purchase I’ve made at Sam’s, my Nine West jeans (the ones I’m wearing in all the photos) are my favorite. They’re called the Heidi Skinny Crop and even readers seem to love them as well!
Another great clothing find at Sam’s is the Active Life brand. It’s been compared to Athleta but is merely a fraction of the cost. The Active Life Modal Tunic looks just like Athleta’s Mindset Sweatshirt, but the Sam’s version has thumbholes and is $56 cheaper!
3. There are no impulse buys at checkout.
Sam’s doesn’t have a lot of the do-dads that Costco does, meaning I can get out of Sam’s without a cart full of goodies that Costco conveniently places right by the checkout! Obviously I could just say no and not be tempted, but I always seem to spend a lot more money at Costco.
4. The Sam’s Club Scan & Go app is a game changer.
When I walk into the store and see a big line waiting to checkout, I always smile to myself knowing how fast I’ll checkout with the Scan and Go app. I’m out and on my way with literally just the swipe of a button! Not to mention the added convenience of being able to check prices while walking throughout the store.
The best perk? It helps me stay on budget! I’ll give myself a shopping limit and I can see exactly how close I am as I’m adding items to my cart.
5. They serve Coke products.
Everyone on the Hip2Save team knows my love for Diet Coke (Collin even sent me a costume – see below! 🤗), so it’s mandatory I grab one after I checkout to enjoy on the ride home. This is a huge Sam’s win for me since Costco only carries Pepsi. 😖
Why my husband loves shopping at Costco:
1. Costco has better food variety.
I’ll give it to Costco, they have a wider variety and unique food products compared to the Sam’s Club’s selection. This is huge for people who follow different diets and eating lifestyles such as keto to get discounted bulk buys on diet-friendly groceries.
Costco also carries the Brewer’s Advent Calendar that naturally has won over my craft beer loving husband so the fun find means another point for Costco.
2. They have a high-end selection of other consumer products.
Bruce is in love with this big ol’ knife set he picked up from Costco. He says it’s FAR superior to the one I bought at Sam’s. I’ll take his word on this one since it does seem like Costco has a better selection of name-brand items.
3. The meat department can’t be beat.
My husband hates to shop, but he was all too excited to head out to Costco when we were planning a BBQ this past summer. He seriously raves about the quality of meat at Costco and how affordable it is when making the bulk purchase. Well, I’ll let him have this one too since it meant I didn’t have to shop for BBQ supplies for the party! 😂
The main takeaway of Sam’s vs Costco.
I’ll always love Sam’s Club as Bruce will always love Costco, which is a difference we’re both fine living with. However, we can agree that Sam’s is better for grocery savings while Costco is better for grocery selection.
Where do you stand on the Sam’s Club vs. Costco debate?