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Bulk retailers aren’t big on coupons, mostly because prices are already comparable to what you would pay at a grocery store with a coupon, Novickis says. However, they will advertise special discounts or forthcoming sales in their weekly newsletters.
Costco is especially good at providing discounts in its weekly emails, Levitte says.
Try the store brand
The low prices at these wholesale clubs are possible thanks in part to the pure profits of membership fees (and the fact that both the retailers and the consumers buy in bulk), but Lewis also points out that bulk retailers bring in a lot of revenue by manufacturing their own brands. Costco sells items under the Kirkland label, while Sam’s Club has a few different labels, including Member’s Mark, Baker’s Choice and Simply Right.
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Experts agree that these brands, which apply to many categories of products, represent big savings for the consumer as well.
“If you’re willing to wear underwear that says Kirkland on it, you can save some money,” Levitte says. He suggests giving store brands a try to see if you find them comparable to the popular name brands you typically purchase.
In many instances, they are just as good, he says.
Be savvy when choosing your payment method
Frequent bulk buyers should consider getting a credit card that entitles them to cash back on their purchases. Lewis suggests looking for a card that entitles you to cash back on both groceries and gas.