10 Surprising Things You Can Buy From Costco, Sam’s, or BJ’s

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Warehouse clubs such as Costco, Sam’s Club, and BJ’s Wholesale Club promise savings on everyday household items including paper goods, bulk food, electronics, and even prescription drugs. But there are also some truly off-the-wall items that can be found in warehouse clubs, often for a fraction of the price shoppers would normally pay. In Cheapism’s continual research on Sam’s and Costco, as well as BJ’s, we’ve stumbled upon some surprising offerings.

Coffins.

Yep, you read that right: Costco sells coffins. Starting at about $950 and ranging up to $3,000, coffins can be ordered online from Costco with the option of expedited shipping.

Engagement Rings.

While Sam’s Club doesn’t spring to mind for fine jewelry, the warehouse club has a surprisingly big selection of engagement rings, including more than 630 styles online. Prices start around $700 and inch their way to more than $30,000.

Designer Goods.

Hankering for Hunter boots? What about popular Sorel boots or high-end leggings? Costco sells them all — just not all the time. Check the website regularly to spot designer steals. We’ve seen Hunter boots for as low as $80, and they normally cost about $140.

Doomsday Survival Gear.

While the zombie apocalypse may never come to fruition, Costco and Sam’s Club help members prepare for anything. A four-person, one-year emergency food supply at Costco comes with 31,500 servings for $4,000. Water storage is another must-have in case of an emergency, and Costco and Sam’s Club come to the rescue with barrel kits for about $130 and 275-gallon tank filtration systems for $1,300.

Wedding Flowers.

BJ’s, Sam’s Club, and Costco all put together cheap wedding flower packages. At Costco, the offerings start as low as $120, for wedding party boutonnieres and corsages, and grow to $750 for 40 pieces as different kinds of arrangements are added.

Cars.

Costco may be better known for refrigerator-size bundles of toilet paper, but members bought nearly 400,000 vehicles through the warehouse club in 2014. Shoppers explain to Costco Auto Program representatives what they want in a car, and participating dealers call back with offers. Although the process may not result in the lowest possible price, it appeals to consumers who want a good deal without haggling.

Photo Repair and More.

Warehouse clubs provide an impressive array of photo services beyond developing pictures. Sam’s Club and Costco transfer VHS tapes and slides to DVD, for example. Costco’s pro photo repair service can restore old pictures and go as far as adding color or removing people from an image.

Custom Sheds.

At BJ’s, members can buy a large shed for outdoor storage at prices starting around $1,250, including delivery and installation. Buyers can customize the structure’s size, siding, and roof color (and upgrade or add other features at extra cost).

Office Furniture.

For entrepreneurs with growing businesses, Costco and Sam’s Club sell far more than desks and chairs. Think entire cubicles, starting with single steel-and-fabric panels for $135 or a complete “Office-in-an-Hour” for $1,140 at Costco. While Sam’s Club has fewer options, small-business owners will find the fancier hardwood and hand-applied parquet wood veneer Brookhaven cubicle wall at some locations.

Fireplaces.

If you live in a house without a fireplace, it may feel like something is missing. An electric fireplace is a relatively easy and cheap way to add that cozy ambience. The warehouse clubs offer options starting at about $400 that look like the real deal and even put out heat.

Written by Raechel Conover of Cheapism

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Costco Sold 58,000 GM Cars During a Holiday Promotion

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Beginning October 2 and ending January 4, Costco Wholesale Corp. (NASDAQ: COST) and General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) sponsored a promotion for Costco members who wanted to purchase a new GM car. Sales totaled approximately 58,000 GM vehicles for the three-month promotion, up 34% year over year and well above Costco’s estimated 20% increase.

The offer featured GM supplier pricing and included all qualifying manufacturer rebates and incentives on a selection of vehicles, including trucks, sport utility vehicles and luxury and fuel-efficient models. Buyers also received a $300 or $700 Costco cash card for completing a Costco member satisfaction survey.

Customers were also asked if the promotion was a “deciding factor” in their purchase of a GM car instead of another brand. More than half (53%) said it was, and GM took the most sales from Ford Motor Co. (NYSE: F). Some 32% of the GM buyers switched from Ford to GM cars. That’s about 18,650 fewer Ford cars sold in the three-month period. Toyota Motor Corp. (NYSE: TM) and Honda Motor Co. Ltd. (NYSE: HMC) lost 14% and 7% of sales, respectively.If Costco sold nothing but cars it would be the largest new car dealer in the United States. In 2015, the company sold more than 465,000 vehicles. AutoNation Inc. (NYSE: AN) is the nation’s largest car dealer, and it sold 343,753 new vehicles in 2015, a 5% increase year over year. Costco’s year-over-year increase in new vehicle sales totaled 16.8%.

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35 Life Hacks That Will Save You Thousands

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Every bit of savings adds up.

If you saw a $20 bill on the sidewalk, you’d definitely bend over to pick it up, wouldn’t you? Well, without much more effort than that, you can save at least that much — and probably a lot more — by employing a host of everyday life hacks.

Read on for 35 money-saving tips to pad your bank account with hundreds — or even thousands — of dollars.

Put more money back in your wallet with these money-saving life hacks.

1. BUY PRESCRIPTION DRUGS AT COSTCO WITHOUT A MEMBERSHIP

Membership warehouse stores like Sam’s Club and Costco have good prices on prescription drugs — and you don’t have to be a member to buy them. Because access to drugs is regulated by the federal government, warehouse stores aren’t legally allowed to require membership in order for customers to use the pharmacy. So go take advantage of the low prices and don’t worry about purchasing a membership.

2. SAVE $200 A YEAR BY USING A CLOTHESLINE

Go back to the future: Dry your clothes on an old-fashioned clothesline. It’ll save your family about $200 per year compared to using an electric dryer (according to calculations by Mr. Electricity), and your clothes will last much longer.

3. THRIFTIER SWIFFER

Has your Swiffer Wet Jet run dry? Remove the cap from the fluid canister and fill it with cheaper, concentrated cleaner mixed with water, rather than buying another Swiffer-branded bottle. You can also save by using dryer sheets (new or even used) rather than buying a box of Swiffer sheets for your Swiffer Sweeper (say the last part of that sentence ten times fast).

4. SCAN GROCERY RECEIPTS FOR CASH BACK

Smartphone apps like Ibotta and Checkout 51 give you cash rebates on your grocery store purchases; all you have to do is scan the receipts after you shop. For just a minute of your time, you’ll likely earn about $5 a week, adding up to hundreds a year.

5. KOOL-AID IN YOUR TOILET?

Dump a package of grape Kool-Aid in the tank of your toilet and don’t flush it for an hour. Then, if you see purple water in the toilet bowl, you know you have a slow leak, one that you can’t even hear. It’s wasting water — and money — and can usually be fixed easily and cheaply.

6. GET MORE TONER OUT OF YOUR PRINTER

If your printer is out of black ink, change the text color to dark blue — you’ll be able to print a couple more times before needing a refill. And always print in Garamond typeface rather than more popular fonts like Times New Roman, Century Gothic or Comic Sans, since Garamond uses less ink.

7. SKIP THE SHOPPING CART

When you run into the grocery store to “pick up a few items,” literally “pick them up” rather than use a cart or shopping basket. By forcing yourself to carry your purchases, you’ll be less likely to buy things you didn’t intend to buy and don’t need.

8. ASK FOR FREE UPGRADES — BUT DON’T BOOK THEM

Never book a luxury car or premium hotel ahead of time, unless you definitely need it. Instead, reserve a standard car or room and then politely ask for a free upgrade when you arrive. If they have one available, it’s usually a pretty easy score.

9. GET A CLOSER, CHEAPER SHAVE

When your multi-track disposable razor gets really dull, try pushing the blade a dozen or so times against the skin on your forearm or against your thigh in a pair of blue jeans. This will realign and sharpen the blades, giving you more shaves for the buck.

10. DON’T USE SHAVING CREAM

Skip the shaving cream and lather up with a bar of bath soap instead. Invest in an old fashioned bristle brush, shave some soap into a mug, and you’ll get the cleanest and cheapest shave available, sans the cream.

11. ZIP PANTS BEFORE WASHING THEM

Always remember to zip up jeans and other garments that have metal zippers before laundering them. Those little metal teeth are like miniature chainsaws, tearing up and ruining other expensive clothing in the washer and dryer.

12. SYNC YOUR SLEEP SCHEDULE WITH DAYLIGHT

Adjusting your sleep schedule to better coincide with daylight hours will allow you to save on your daily electrical usage — plus, you’ll wake up feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

13. SHOP WITH DISCOUNT GIFT CARDS

Gift card exchange websites sell discounted gift cards for everywhere from Best Buy to Home Depot for less than their remaining value. Stock up and use them instead of cash for your next purchases.

14. GYM MEMBERSHIP SAVINGS

Many health insurance plans offer reimbursements or discounts on gym memberships — for example, UnitedHealthcare has plans that will reimburse you for up to $240 per year in gym costs. Benefits vary by provider, so check with your insurance to see if you’re eligible.

15. CARRY AROUND $100

There’s a lot of research that shows if you pay in cash rather than with a credit card, you’ll likely spend less. Take it one step further and only carry large bills like $50s or $100s, which are even harder to break — it’ll keep you from making impulse purchases.

16. GET AN EXTRA POTATO FOR FREE

When buying pre-bagged produce — like three-, five- or 10-pound bags of potatoes, onions and apples — always weigh the bags before selecting the one you want to purchase. The weight marked on the bag is the minimum weight required by law, and some bags will likely weigh in at more, even though they cost the same.

17. SKIP THE RENTAL CAR INSURANCE

A lot of private auto insurance policies and many major credit cards provide coverage for rental cars, particularly when rented for personal use (as opposed to for business). Check their policies just to make sure, but chances are good that you can skip the expensive insurance coverage offered by the rental car company.

18. SAVE OLD CALENDARS

Real cheapskates know that eventually all annual calendars will be timely once again. For example, your 2015 wall calendar can be used again in the years 2026, 2037, 2043, 2054, 2065, 2071, 2082 and counting.

19. INSULATE YOUR OUTLETS

Stop heat loss and drafts with inexpensive, easy-to-install foam insulating gaskets on the back of electrical wall switches and outlets. Bonus tip: While you’re installing the gaskets, write the color and brand of the paint used in the room on the back of the switch plate to remember it when touching up or repainting.

20. CROCK-POT HUMIDIFIER

Cooking more meals at home in an old-fashioned slow cooker (aka “Crock-Pot”) will save you some major bucks, but also use one in the bedroom in the winter to add humidity to the air and help stretch the heat. Just keep it filled with water, with the lid off and set on low — it will cost hardly anything to operate, and house guests will be really curious about the steaming slow cooker in your bedroom.

21. GRANNY’S ELECTRIC TEAPOT

Remember the electric teakettle your grandmother always used? Well, granny knew best. When boiling just a small amount of water, an electric teapot is the most economical method, compared to the microwave or stovetop.

22. START A DRIPPINGS JAR

Nothing frustrates a cheapskate more than trying to get the last smidgeons of product out of a jelly jar or other condiment container. Shake a little apple cider vinegar around in near-empty containers to get them nice and clean, then add the contents to a wide-mouthed “drippings jar” kept in the fridge. This ever-evolving flavorful concoction makes a great salad dressing, meat marinade or dipping sauce.

23. USE WOOL BALLS IN THE DRYER

Skip the fabric softener and dryer sheets by making your own “wool balls” out of old woolen yarn and a pair of worn-out panty hose — just Google “wool balls” for DIY instructions. They’ll help your clothes dry faster and keep garments nice and soft, all without the use of chemicals (or your wallet).

24. BUBBLE WRAP YOUR WINDOWS

In the fall, lightly mist the inside of uninsulated windows with water, then apply a sheet of sized bubble wrap, bubble side facing the pane. The bubble wrap will cling to the window all winter long, boosting the insulating value, and come off neat and clean in the springtime.

25. STAY AWAY FROM EXTENDED SERVICE PLANS

Those extended service plans they always push on customers at electronics and appliance stores are a great deal — for the stores selling them. They do, indeed, provide some additional protection for most products, but the vast majority are never used, since many problems are covered under the manufacturer’s warrantee. What’s more, people often forget they even bought the extended coverage plan in the first place.

26. GO FOR STORE-BRAND SAVINGS

Everyone knows that “generic” or store-brand products are cheaper than name brands, but maybe you don’t know just how much cheaper. According to Consumer Reports, you’ll save an average of about 25 percent per item when you buy store brands, which could save a family of four more than $1,100 per year on their grocery bill.

27. GROW FOOD, NOT LAWNS

The growing movement to replace costly, high-maintenance lawns with veggie-producing garden space has even taken root at the White House. Google “grow food, not lawns” for tips on how to supplement your grocery budget and reduce lawn care costs by starting an eco-friendly yard garden.

28. CHECK YOUR REFRIGERATOR SEALS

The seals around refrigerator and freezer doors need to be replaced periodically to avoid energy loss. Test for a tight seal by closing the door on a dollar bill; if you can pull the dollar out, the seal needs replacing and your energy dollars are being wasted.

29. KILL THE DUST BUNNIES

After you check the seals on your fridge, take a few minutes to vacuum out the dust bunnies living underneath it and clean the coils. Keeping the coils clean and dust free can increase the energy efficiency of a refrigerator, saving you money on your utility bills.

30. SAVE THE RAINWATER

Installing a rain barrel to provide water for your lawn and garden can save you a barrel full of money on your water bills. Conserving water is always the eco-friendly thing to do, and many municipal governments now offer tax and other incentives to encourage homeowners to reduce storm water runoff.

31. PLANT SOME TREES

Trees and other landscaping can not only increase your home’s value, but if carefully positioned to shade the house and act as a windbreak, they can reduce your home energy costs by about 25 percent. Talk about a growing investment!

32. MAKE DIY NONTOXIC CLEANER

Make an inexpensive, all-natural, all-purpose household cleaner by loosely filling a heat resistant glass container with leftover citrus peels, then adding equal parts boiling water and white vinegar. Cover and let it sit for a week before straining it into spray bottles.

33. CLEAR THE DRYER VENT

Keep the vent coming from your clothes dryer clean and free from blockage at all times. A clogged dryer vent reduces the appliance’s energy efficiency and can cause a fire.

34. TRICK YOURSELF OUT OF ONLINE IMPULSE SHOPPING

When shopping for an item on an e-commerce site, search for the specific product (e.g., “DVD player”) instead of surfing the general product category (e.g., “electronics”). One study showed that online shoppers who search by the category were three times more likely to keep browsing after they found the item they wanted.

35. SHRED YOUR OWN CARROTS

Everyone knows that you pay more at the grocery store for produce that’s already prepared, like those little bags of shredded carrots — but do you actually avoid them? Given the minimal time involved and the difference in price compared to buying whole carrots and shredding them yourself, you’re paying someone else a bundle just to do several minutes of work. Buy the cheaper, unprepared versions of all produce.

Written by Jeff Yeager of GoBankingRates

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How Non-Members Can Shop at Costco

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When it comes to savings on household goods, groceries, and more, Costco has always been a winning solution in terms of slashing costs. Warehouse shopping is usually cheaper and Sam’s Club, Costco, and the like provide exceptional membership benefits. But what if you don’t have a membership? All is not lost. Cheapism.com has 10 ways to still land discounts at Costco without paying the annual membership fee.

1. SHOP WITH A MEMBER

The good old-fashioned way is to visit Costco with a member and fill your cart. While the member will need to pay for your order at checkout, Costco will kindly ring up two separate orders; just have cash or a check ready for the member upon leaving the store.

2. USE A COSTCO CASH CARD

Another option is to buy Costco cash cards in denominations up to $1,000 while at Costco with a member. Your member buddy will need to load the card for you, but then you can use it to enter the store and buy items without an escort. This is especially helpful for big-ticket purchases such as a TV, so you don’t pay a membership fee for just one item.

3. USE A BUSINESS ACCOUNT

If your employer has a Costco business membership, lobby to be one of the two people whose name is on the account. While you may get stuck with a few office supply runs, you’ll also be able to use the card for your own personal savings.

4. BUY ALCOHOL

In about a dozen states, alcohol sales cannot be prohibited due to a club or membership. Check the laws in your state and, if it’s allowed, explain to the door attendant that you are buying non-member goods. This can be a handy way to slash the cost of alcohol for parties or other events.

5. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF HEALTH SERVICES

Health services such as optical exams and hearing screenings are non-member allowances that Costco makes. However, if you need to buy glasses, contacts, or hearing aids, a membership is required. Find a member willing to purchase and be reimbursed for these items or use a loaded Costco Cash Card.

6. USE THE PHARMACY

A Consumer Reports survey of generic drug prices found Costco to be the cheapest among more than 200 pharmacies, and prescription medications can be filled at the Costco pharmacy without a membership. Also available to non-members are immunizations such as the flu vaccine.

7. SHOP ONLINE

Non-members can shop on Costco’s website to take advantage of the warehouse club’s bargain prices on certain items. Gift cards, for example, can be purchased at a discount online without a membership — currently, score a $100 iTunes gift card for $84.49. The disadvantage is that non-members may be hit with a 5 percent surcharge on some orders.

8. USE INSTACART

The grocery delivery service Instacart will shop Costco on your behalf — even if you don’t have a membership. Consider this nice little loophole for Costco-priced groceries.

9. ENJOY THE FOOD COURT

A Costco membership is required to get in the door and into the food court at many Costco locations. Yet if you live in a warmer climate where the food court is outside the store, food can be purchased without membership. Costco is known for serving pizza, hot dogs, and other morsels for less than $5.

BUY A MEMBERSHIP

Although you can shop Costco without a membership, the $55 fee for a basic Costco membership may be worth the money if you expect to shop at the warehouse club regularly.
Written by Raechel Conover of Cheapism
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The 10 Best and Worst Deals at Costco

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Costco has developed a loyal following, due to the widespread belief that buying in bulk equates to big savings. It’s true that stocking up on some products can be a major money-saver, but not all items in the store are steals.

Read on to find out which 10 Costco deals are the best — and which ones are the worst.

THE 10 BEST DEALS AT COSTCO

A Costco Gold Star Membership costs $55, but it can definitely be worth the investment. The retail giant offers deep discounts on a wide variety of products that can save you a significant amount of money.

Stephanie Nelson, The Coupon Mom, has conducted extensive research on wholesale clubs and offers her expertise on some of the best items to purchase at Costco.

1. DAIRY PRODUCTS

“Although quantities are large, if your household consumes larger quantities within the freshness period, expect to pay 30 percent less than supermarket prices on eggs, butter, cream, half and half, egg substitute and cheeses,” Nelson said. “If your household is smaller, you can freeze butter, egg substitute and cheeses (grated).”

2. GIFT CARDS

Costco sells gift cards for major retailers at 15 to 30 percent off face value. For example, you might be able to score two $50 Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que gift cards for $79.99 or two $50 Hornblower Cruises gift cards for $69.99. Whether you need a gift for someone else or are heading to a participating establishment with your family, this is a cost-effective way to save money.

3. FRESH PRODUCE

Not only can you stretch your dollar further while eating healthy, the retail giant also sells organic produce. In fact, the Seattle Times reported in June that Costco has surpassed Whole Foods to become the biggest organic grocer.

“The overall cost per pound is lower than the typical supermarket,” Nelson said. “If you can’t use all of the produce in time, consider dividing the food and cost with a friend or shopping partner.”

4. EYEGLASSES

Get high-quality frames and lenses at seriously competitive prices by shopping at Costco. The retailer topped the charts of a recent Consumer Reports analysis of eyeglass stores.

Plus, the site found that Costco shoppers spend a median of $186 per pair on glasses while prices average around $300 at independent retailers, private physicians and specialty stores.

5. BAKING INGREDIENTS

“You may not be able to use a 25-pound bag of flour or have the storage space, but you can save dramatically on baking items such as chocolate chips, vanilla extract, basic spices, nuts, vegetable oils, evaporated milk and especially baking yeast,” Nelson said.

She noted that you can save up to 80 percent off supermarket prices on items such as yeast and extracts by shopping at Costco.

6. WINE

Costco has gained a reputation for selling high-quality wines at prices significantly lower than other retailers. And, the retail giant also has its own signature Kirkland labels that are actually produced by many renowned wineries. For example, Girard Winery makes Kirkland’s Napa Cabernets and blends, and the owners of Champagne Janisson & Fils and Champagne de Bruyne are behind Kirkland’s brut and brut rosé, reports Wine Spectator.

7. MEAT AND POULTRY

“Not only is the club price lower than the supermarket’s regular price, but the grade of beef is higher,” Nelson said. “Clubs tend to carry the higher Choice grade, while supermarkets’ typical option is one grade lower — Select.” She added that if you buy large quantities of meat, you can always divide them and freeze them for later.

8. GASOLINE

If your Costco has a gas station adjacent to the pump, it’s probably a good idea to fill your tank up. The retailer can sell gas that’s six to 12 cents per gallon below the market price, according to the research firm Trefis.

9. BAKERY AND DELI ITEMS

If you’re having a party, feed your guests with pre-made fare from Costco. “Wholesale clubs feature super-size baked goods, rotisserie chickens and ‘take and bake’ extra-large pizzas for the same price as smaller supermarket alternatives,” Nelson said. “These are perfect sizes for entertaining large crowds.”

10. HOT DOG AND A SODA

Feeling a little hungry while shopping? Head on over to the Costco food court for a $1.50 hot dog and a soda. The store hasn’t changed the price of this quick and easy meal for 27 years, reports ABC News.

THE 10 WORST DEALS AT COSTCO

Bigger isn’t always better, especially when you can’t realistically use the product up before it expires. When that happens, you end up wasting money. “Impulse buying is common at wholesale clubs because everything seems like a bargain,” said Nelson. “But stocking your cart with large quantities of bargains easily results in hundreds of dollars of spending.”

Nelson shared some of her warehouse shopping tips to help you avoid paying for items at Costco that you should actually get at a supermarket or different retailer instead.

1. PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS

Nelson advised against purchasing personal care items, such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo and lotions, in bulk. “If you are a coupon and deal shopper, supermarkets and drugstores feature these types of items with coupons frequently, so you can stock up on multiple quantities of smaller sizes for pennies,” Nelson said.

2. DIAPERS

Babies grow fast, so buying diapers in bulk can backfire if your child moves on to a bigger size before your supply is finished. You’re better off joining Amazon Prime and signing up for a diaper subscription that can allow you to save 20 percent off select brands.

3. PACKAGED AND DRY GOODS

Skip the packaged and dry goods, such as name-brand cereals and baking mixes, when shopping at Costco. “These items frequently go on sale at 50 percent off at supermarkets and have coupons available, so your unit cost is lowest at the supermarket,” Nelson said.

4. LAUNDRY DETERGENT

You never run out of laundry, so purchasing detergent in bulk at Costco might seem like a cost-savvy move. But really, it’s probably not worth it.

Laundry detergent doesn’t expire, but it starts to break down after six months in open bottles and nine months to one year in unopened bottles, reports The Huffington Post. Unless you have a very large family or are purchasing detergent for commercial use, you probably won’t be able to use it quickly enough.

5. BOOKS & DVDS

Warehouse stores like Costco often place books and DVDs near the checkout lines in an attempt to lure customers into making impulse buys while waiting to pay. But, these items aren’t typically great bargains. “You can find lower prices online or for pennies at your local thrift store,” Nelson said.

6. FEMININE HYGIENE PRODUCTS

Costco charges an average of 50 percent more for feminine hygiene products than the base sale price at other retailers, according to TheKrazyLadyCoupon.com.

It’s easy to get lured in by a seemingly low price for a bulk box of tampons, but sales at other stores are abundant. Plus, manufacturers frequently offer coupons for these items.

7. DESIGNER CLOTHING

Don’t get too excited if you find clothing from well-known designers while browsing the aisles of the store. Many designers produce inexpensive lines specifically for retailers like Costco, but they’re often of a lower quality — meaning they’re not made to last, reports Today.com. You’re better off saving up for an investment piece, as top lines are designed with materials of the highest quality.

8. CONDIMENTS

Most condiments have a shelf life of six months to one year, which can make it difficult to use a bulk supply before the vast majority expires, reports The Dallas Morning News.

“Unless you are entertaining, pay a lower cost overall by buying sale-priced condiments and snacks at the supermarket, with coupons that are frequently available on these items,” said Nelson.

9. SNACKS

Nelson advised against purchasing items such as crackers, chips and cookies in bulk because large sizes of perishable items are more likely to be wasted or simply cause you to overeat. You won’t save money if you have to throw expired food away or inadvertently eat more of it.

10. PAPER PRODUCTS

“Your cost on sale-priced paper towels, bath tissue, facial tissue, paper plates and napkins may be lower at the supermarket [and] discount stores like Walmart and Target,” Nelson said. “Coupons are also common for these items.”

Written by Laura Woods of GoBankingRates

(Source: MSN)