While it can be very tempting to do all of your shopping in one place, you can actually save a significant amount of money if you make effort and know which types of products to buy in warehouse clubs, dollar stores, and grocery stores. Memberships to warehouse clubs can especially come in handy and help save money during the holidays.
Always packaged in large sizes, these are approximately 40% less than buying at the drugstore or big box store and be split into smaller packages and added to other treats to make multiple gifts.
The bakeries at warehouse clubs have fresh baked pies that serve 12 people and cost around $10. They also have platters of baked goods for up to less than 50% less than grocery stores for those who don’t the time or the inclination to bake their own desserts.
30% less than grocery store price.
You can purchase gift cards in packs for up to 20% off of face value at warehouse clubs. Check out How to Save on Gift Cards for more ways to save.
Quality holiday-themed paper plates and napkins
Dollar stores will have less expensive paper plates, but they tend to be flimsy. You will get your best price on sturdier quality in bulk quantities here.
Wine and liquor
If you are not picky about your label, Costco has their Kirkland Signature label for 30-40% less than comparable brands.
$1 for a box of 14 cards compared to $5 or more at big box stores
Disposable Bakeware and Serving Platters
$1 per piece compared to $2-$3 at Walmart
Giftwrap and Bags
$1 each compared to $3 for wrap and $2-$4 for bags
Holiday Decorations, Mugs, and Ornaments
$1 each compared to up $5 each piece
Paper plates and napkins
$1 per package – These are on the thin side but are good for cookies and lighter desserts.
You will most likely find the best deals on canned goods for your holiday recipes during seasonal sales at grocery stores.
Milk and Eggs
Holiday sales and deals on baking supplies will always be the best at grocery stores and supermarkets.
Although it seems logical that buying toilet paper and facial tissue would be good products to buy in bulk at a warehouse club, it is actually less expensive to buy when they go on sale the first and third week every month at the grocery store. Using coupons here gives you an even better discount.
Is this a system you use to save money? Do you buy some products only at certain stores because you really notice the savings? Let me know in the comments section!
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