Costco vs Sam’s Club – Why Not Both?
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I renewed my executive Costco membership in April. We buy as many food and household products as we can there to make the most of the 2% cash back rewards program. I also have the Costco Anywhere Visa by Citibank which earns me additional cash back rewards.
Since Iâ€™m invested heavily in maximizing my Costco membership, one would think that I would have no use for a Samâ€™s Club membership. One could think that, but that would be an incorrect assumption because over the weekend I dropped the $45 needed to renew my Samâ€™s Club membership.
I had been thinking about the decision for a couple of weeks, and there are a couple of reasons why I wanted to keep my Samâ€™s Club membership:
- Meat Department : Samâ€™s Club has some cuts of meat that Costco doesnâ€™t commonly have in their meat case. For example, the Costco near me does not carry full beef brisket. The only other convenient business that has full briskets is Walmart, but they are usually pretty small, and donâ€™t look very good.
- Snacks: There are some snacks that I really like at Samâ€™s that Costco does not carry. One such example is frozen pizza. Costcoâ€™s selection of frozen pizza is horrid.
- Produce Selection : Both Samâ€™s and Costcoâ€™s fresh fruit and vegetables are head and shoulders above anything else in my local area. Sometimes Costco gets a bad batch, as does Samâ€™s. Having both memberships gives me constant access to fantastic produce.
If I had to pick just one, I would pick Costco. But the membership to Samâ€™s is $45 annually which to me is worth it for just the reasons above. Having both memberships isnâ€™t about saving money, I do all my money saving at Costco. Having a Samâ€™s membership gives me access to the very best products available in my area.
What do you think, Clever Friends? Do any of you have both a Costco and a Samâ€™s Club membership? Why do you have both memberships?
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