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Posted: February 22, 2017

Part of the ABC’s of Couponing Guide

How to Get The Most Out of

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 12, 2011

Game Hub

Have you heard of Sam’s Club Game Hub?? It’s their new interactive family guide to video gaming! Game Hub features new information on family friendly video games and consoles which are available to Sam’s Club members in-store or online.

What I like best is that they explain the ratings system, so you know what types of games are a good fit for your family. It tells you how the games are rated, who enforces the ratings, and more. Click on Ratings, then “ESRB ratings Symbols” to learn exactly how to know what type of violence or language is in each game. I saw 7 different ratings!

Make sure to follow along on Twitter @GameHubHQ for the latest gaming facts and trivia! I was reading their tweets they post some random fun facts like “The average #gamer is 32 years-old?…”

How do you determine what types of games your kids purchase and play?

This post is sponsored by Lunchbox and Sam’s Club, thoughts and opinions are my own.

Posted: August 1, 2011

FREE Sample of Huggies ‘Snug & Dry’ Diapers! You have to have a membership card to get inside – doh’!   Sam’s Club that is!

Posted: August 1, 2011

At the beginning of the month, I upload all coupons to my Cellfire & Upromise accounts- learn more eCoupons.

uPromise eCoupons are available at: Rite Aid, Albertson’s, Kroger & Affiliates, + more.

Cellfire eCoupons are available at: Safeway, Kroger, ShopRite, SHOP ‘n SAVE, King Soopers, Smith’s JayC, QFC, Hilander, Owen’s, Fry’s, PayLess, Cala/Bell, Dillons, Gerbes, Ralphs, Scott’s, Fred Meyer, Vons, Tom Thumb, Randalls, Pavillions, Genuardi’s, and Carrs.

Sam’s Club has eCoupons!

I also look for cuckoo new printable coupons, zip code 45176, such as:

Food Coupons

Personal Care Products


Posted: July 29, 2011

FREE sample of Kirkland Signature Supreme Diapers GONE

FREE 5-ct sample pack of Tampax Pearl tampons GONE

Neither of these require you to be a Sam’s Club member to get your freebie!

Posted: July 22, 2011

FREE ProForce Glass & No Rinse Floor Cleaner sample– scroll over the big bottles and the white dot to request your sample.

Your samples will arrive in 4-6 weeks

(Thanks Coupon Saving Sista)


Posted: July 14, 2011

UPDATE: this is for the ipad1 boo…

Please do not tell my husband about this deal.  He’ll sell something from our house and run to go get this deal!  Just kidding, kinda…

Well the iPad2 16 gb is $499 at most places, but has been spotted at Sam’s Club in Draper, UT for $349!    The 64gb was $469, $699 on Apple’s site!

If you see an deals on iPad2’s, let me know!!!

Posted: July 1, 2011

At the beginning of the month, I upload all coupons to my Cellfire & Upromise accounts- learn more eCoupons.

uPromise eCoupons are available at: Rite Aid, Albertson’s, Kroger & Affiliates, + more.

Cellfire eCoupons are available at: Safeway, Kroger, ShopRite, SHOP ‘n SAVE, King Soopers, Smith’s JayC, QFC, Hilander, Owen’s, Fry’s, PayLess, Cala/Bell, Dillons, Gerbes, Ralphs, Scott’s, Fred Meyer, Vons, Tom Thumb, Randalls, Pavillions, Genuardi’s, and Carrs.

Sam’s Club has eCoupons!

Plus, there’s some great new printable coupons ***** next to my favorites!

Food & Snacks

Personal & Health Care

Home Entertainment


Ultimate Favorite Printable Today:

Walmart sells Joy Ice Cream Cones for $1
Use the .55/1 Joy Cone Coupon (use zip 77477)
Final Price= $.45 OR if you live in Utah Valley use this coupon on Double Coupon Tuesdays to get these for FREE FREE FREE!!!!

Posted: June 28, 2011

UPDATE: Expired
Uno Pizza has a new BOGO free coupon.

Uno products are available at your local BJ’s Wholesale Club, Big Y, Foodmaster, Market Basket, Price Chopper, Roche Bros., Sam’s Club (does not accept manufacturer coupons), Shaw’s, ShopRite and Stop & Shop.

I don’t have any of these near me so I’ve never tried these pizzas, leave a comment and let us know if this is a good pizza and coupon or not!

Posted: May 21, 2011

Get a 10 week Sam’s Club membership for just $10. This special summer membership starts now and runs through June 5, 2011.  In club only.

So after you do that deal, with your membership you can do this deal:

You can get a $10 Sam’s Club Gift Card when you purchase $40 of qualifying P&G products between 5/20 and 6/20.  Valid at participating stores only. You do not have to purchase all $40 in one transaction.  One per household.  Total calculated prior to tax.

Submit for your $10 gift card at after buying $40 in qualifying items:

  • Bounce Dryer Sheets
  • Pantene Pro-V Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Always Infinity
  • Charmin Ultra Soft Toilet Paper
  • Puffs Plus Lotion
  • Tide Liquid Detergent
  • Cascade ActionPacs
  • Ultra Downy April Fresh
  • Bounty Extra Soft Select-A-Size Paper Towels
  • Pampers Swaddlers or Cruisers
  • Charmin Ultra Strong Toilet Paper

Thanks, Savings & Stewardship and Coupon Teacher

Posted: May 6, 2011

The following mail-in-rebates have been added to our Rebate Database!

  • Invisible Glass. Get $3 back by mail when you buy Invisible Glass With Rain Repellent before 5/31. Expires 5/31/2011.
  • Kohl’s. Kohl’s has an long list of mail-in rebates ranging from $10 to $30 on housewares like Cuisinart, Farberware, and DeLonghi.
  • Bayer Advanced. Purchase any one Bayer Advanced lawn care product to get a $3 rebate. This rebate can be done twice. Expires 11/30/2011.
  • NeilMed.  Reminder: Buy (2) of the same NeilMed products at Walmart, Sam’s Club, BJ’s Wholesale Club or Kmart before 5/31 and get one of them FREE after mail-in rebate.  There is a limit of 2 rebates per household. Expires 5/31/2011.

Thanks Northern Cheapskate!

Posted: April 12, 2011

Photo credit: Open Travel Info

I growl every time I have to get gas lately.  It’s creeping back up to $4 per gallon again.  That’s two gallons of milk (or one if you live in Florida – I can’t believe milk is sooo expensive there!).

I was searching for ways to save money on gas, and here’s my favorites.  There were many suggestions I left off the list, such as living near a bus stop or riding your bike to work, because I figure you either live near a bus stop or you don’t; there isn’t much you can do to change that situation.  And you either are within biking distance to work or you aren’t.   So things outside of your immediate control or no-brainers I left off to cut down to the ones that I think are more relevant.  These are in no particular order:

  1. Tighten the gas cap: Gas does evaporate.  I’ve had friends who had missing gas caps and didn’t care. Who knows how much $$$ in fuel evaporates from their car each day!
  2. Fill up your tank when you are near empty: Well, this one is tricky.  Supposedly, your car is lighter when it has less fuel, thus it uses less fuel to run. So it is good for your car to have less fuel in it.  But I was always taught not to let the tank get under 1/4 full, so if there is an emergency and you need to go somewhere quick you have gas to get there.  What do you think?
  3. Gas Prices While Traveling: Type in your zip code at to find out the cheapest gas station near you.
  4. Memberships, memberships, memberships: Sam’s Club, Kroger stores, and many other stores offer some pretty good discounts, around $.10 per gallon, if you are a member.  I specifically wait to go shopping to Smith’s until I need to fill up, so I can fill up while I am there – they go up to $1 off per gallon!
  5. Car Check-up: Replacing that old air filter could save you as much as 10% in gas!  Make sure your engine is tuned up.
  6. Shade: Park your car in shade or get a good window covering.  The cooler it is in the summer, the less A/C you will have to use!
  7. Call ahead: Certain stores, like Target, will put items on hold for you.  If you’re looking for a hot coupon deal, don’t drive all over town finding it in-stock at your local Target – call ahead first and if they have it, tell them to put it on hold.
  8. Time Your Trips: Traveling during non-peak hours will reduce your time spent in traffic.
  9. Combine Trips: I already do this – and I route the quickest ways from point A to B to C.
  10. Bye-bye Off Roading: Ouch! Traveling on dirt or non-paved roads can reduce your mileage by up to 30%!!!

Gas saving tips 11-20!

Ask CCD Readers: How do you save money on gasoline?

Thanks to Tree and Open Travel Info for some of their suggestions!

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