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Posted: February 22, 2017

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Costco vs. Couponing: Which is cheaper?

“Is it cheaper to buy at a wholesale place like Sam’s Club or BJ’s or Costco, or to coupon?”  I have received this email several times, and so I decided to investigate to determine where you can get the most bang for your buck.

First you have to know what price you should be holding out for with a coupon deal.  I have created several Stock Up prices guides and I am constantly updating them and adding new products.  Email me if you find a stock up price that isn’t on my list and you’d like it added.

Stock Up Prices: Prices a couponer should pay for the following items by purchasing them on sale and/or with coupons:

Next, I went to Costco in Utah and checked out several prices.  Keep in mind that they do not accept manufacturer coupons. To compare apples to apples, I wrote down the price per unit.

In general, I was mortified by Costco’s prices and found them much higher for all hygiene, baby care items, and most foods (cereal, pasta, etc…) then what I am willing to pay.  Here’s some examples:




Diapers Huggies size 3 228ct.  $39.99 (or $.18 per diaper) Huggies  size 3 40ct. (Jumbo size) $5.50 is my price point on these, $.13 per diaper, but as couponers we get these for even less regularly!
Baby Formula Similac 34 oz. $27.89 or $.82 per ounce Similac 25 oz. $9.99 or $.40 per ounce – we get great coupons for these and Enfamil.If you haven’t signed up for both of their mailing lists, I would! They mail out some killer coupons!
Bounty Paper Towels $1.85 per roll
$0.55 per roll
Sugar $.56/lb if you bought the largest bag at the cheapest price
Boneless Skinless Chicken breasts $2.79/lb 1.49/lb (we don’t get many coupon deals on this, but by watching sales I can buy when the price is low and stock up in my freezer!)
Razors $19.99 for set of 10 nice Gillette disposable razors Free – $0.50 per razor
Fruit/Veggies Not sure about Costco, but Sam’s Club has great prices on fruits/veggies during the non-season of the items.  This is one thing you may want to buy, where produce is expensive, you can save $$ Best deal if you buy veggies during the on-season.

Now there are some great deals at warehouse stores:

  • Cheese and organic produce seemed really cheap!  Although Smith’s has some yummy cheese that goes on sale sometimes.
  • Prescription medications – I couldn’t test this one out, but I’ve heard they are 40% cheaper then at regular pharmacies.
  • Electronics & ink cartridges – These seemed priced fairly low!
  • Gas savings: Gas was $.18 per gallon cheaper at Costco then the gas station I normally fill up at, thus getting a membership and filling up just for the gas savings would be worth it if you commute to work or drive a lot in general.   It would take 266 gallons to “cancel out” the $40 yearly membership fee.   I calculated that I use around 750 gallons of gas per year.   This, of course, is based on my gas mileage in my car (it’s horrible!) and the miles I drive on average per year, so your totals may be very different!  Also, if the gas station is clear out of your way and you won’t be using it often, that wouldn’t make sense to get a membership just for that!
  • Gift Cards: My friends who shop at Costco (I personally only go with my friends and I don’t have a membership) tell me they often score 20% off gift cards to various places!

So where can you get the most bang for your buck?  It depends on what you are buying!

Posted: August 15, 2011

FREE Dry Erase Expo Markers!  That’s cuckoo! We use these in our house to make grocery lists or let the kids draw on the marker boards.  I know the teachers can use them at school, too!

Here’s how to get your FREE Expo Dry Erasers at Target:

Buy 2 Expos Dry Erase markers, black, 2 ct, $1.50
Use $2/2 Expo Markers printable (you must LIKE the facebook page)
AND stack with $1/1 Expo Dry Erase Markers or Cleaner, exp. 8/28/11 (Target, Back to School Mailer)
AND stack with  $1/1 Expo Dry Erase Markers or Cleaner Target Printable
Final Price: FREE + overage (They may just make it free and not give you the overage)

Thanks, Give Me Neither


From reader Misty: Walgreens also has FREE Dry erase markers this week. On sale for $3.99 plus use 2-$3/1 Coupons from the August in store coupon book, and then use the $2/2 from the Expo facebook page or… Makes them both FREE.. They are the washable neon colored ones…My kids love them!

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Posted: August 15, 2011

Hurry over to the Huggies Little Movers Slip-On Diapers Page and in the middle of the page is a $3/1 coupon, click on it. Then choose Subscribe & Save. Price will drop to $30 at checkout.

OR (best deal) head over to the Huggies Snug & Dry Diapers amazon discount page – There is a new $2/1 coupon on that page too, click on it then Subscribe & Save to pay $15.68, or $.14 per diaper!

There’s also a great deal on Munchkin Super Premium Diapers as low as $.10 per diaper using Subscribe & Save!

Learn all about Subscribe & Save!

Posted: August 15, 2011

I love having wipes around my house!  Even when I’m not changing diapers they are great for little (and sometimes big) clean ups.  I use them to wipe marks off the couch, dust off my baseboards and even in my car.

Here’s a great deal on wipes at Walmart.  If you don’t see them in the baby section make sure to look in health & beauty.

Pull-Ups Flushable Wipes $1.64
Use the $1/1 Pull-Ups Flushable Wipes, exp 9/10/11 (SS 08/14/11)
OR use $1/1 Pull-Ups Flushable Moist Wipes, exp 8/31/11 (Kimberly-Clark Mailer)
Final Price: $0.64!

Thanks, Rose Knows Coupons!

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Posted: August 11, 2011

Albertson’s has a super great deal on pizza rolls this week! The ad runs through Aug 16th.

We LOVE pizza rolls and it’s a super deal!

If you buy 10 select products you get a $5 Catalina.

Here’s how to get the deal:

Buy 10 boxes pizza rolls, 15 ct, 10/$10
Use up to 10 $0.35/1 Totino’s Pizza Rolls, any count, (SS 08/07/11)
Pay: $6.50 oop, Get a $5 Catalina good on your next purchase
Final Price:  $0.15 Each!

View my Albertsons Shopping List this week!

Posted: August 11, 2011

Here’ s a great deal at Albertsons:

Dreyer’s Ice Cream 1.5 quart – two for $6
Use $1/2 Dreyer’s Products 6/12/2011 Smart Source Insert
Pay $5 OOP
Receive a $4 catalina
Final Price= $.50 each!

WARNING: The ad says to buy 4 to get the catalina, but it is reported in many stores as printing when you only buy 2!

View my Albertsons Shopping List this week!

Thanks, Queen Bee Coupons

Posted: August 10, 2011

Did you print the $1.50/1 Hormel Coupon I told you about?

WALMART: Hormel Canadian Bacon Pizza Topping $1.73
Use $1.50/1 Homel Bacon Printable Coupon
Final Price=$.23!

Thanks, Time2Save!

Don’t forget my MASSIVE Walmart Deals Printable List!

Posted: August 9, 2011

Degree Deodorant Coupon Deal using register rewards at Walgreen’s this week:

Buy 4 Women’s Degree Deodorants $0.99 each?? (Travel Size), Get Back $4 RR wyb 4
Use 4 $0.75/1 Degree Men or Women Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant, exp. 8/28/11 (RP 07/31/11)
Pay $0.96
Get $4 RR’s
Final Price=$3 MoneyMaker!

More good deals this week at Walgreen’s over here!

Posted: August 8, 2011

Old El Paso and Oxi Clean have coupons that will make for some great deals at Walmart. I have never tried these so I looked them up.  They get great reviews from people!  Here’s one:

“My 11 year old son and I were very busy one day, and I figured it would be drive through burgers, AGAIN, as we raced around getting errands completed. I had just picked up two packs of these, saw them in the pantry, nuked the flour tortilla, tossed in some taco style shredded cheese that’s a staple in our home, and we were out the door, in probably less time than it would take to stop aat a drive through! Having an ACTIVE BOY in the home, these are great, as it seems he’s ALWAYS HUNGRY, and this is something he can quickly put together for a “snack” before dinner, after breakfast but before lunch, after dinner…Get the idea?”

Other reviews commented on how good they taste.  I think it’s the perfect idea when I don’t have the time to prepare a big meal.  Easy, Fast and Cheap!

Old El Paso Tortilla Stuffers, 9.5 oz, $2.50
Use $1/1 Old El Paso Tortilla Stuffers Meal Starter Printable
or Use $1/1 Old El Paso Tortilla Stuffers Microwaveable Meal, exp 10/1/11 (GM 08/07/11)
Final Price: $1.50

Thanks, Jen!

Also, another great new deal at Walmart:

OxiClean Oxi-Sticks $1.82
Use the $3/2 coupon 7/24 SS (regional coupon)
Final Price= $0.32 each!

Thanks, My Litter

View more Walmart Deals!

Posted: August 7, 2011


Buy 2 Ajax Cleanser, Scratch free with Bleach, 19oz, $0.97
Use  $1/2 Dynamo, Ajax, Fab or Niagara Product, exp. 08/22/11 (SS 05/22/11)
Pay $0.94
Final Price:  $0.49 Each!

I am in Home Depot all the time lately for odds and ends it seems like!

Posted: August 3, 2011

HURRY to Head and Shoulders Facebook page to request your freebie! Scroll clear down to Itchy Scalp Care! Thanks, EENdevours!

Posted: August 2, 2011

So there is a cuckoo new high-value printable coupon for $2 off 2 lbs or more of frozen or fresh pork ribs! Print asap and score a cuckoo coupon deal!

Thanks A Few Shortcuts.

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