An honest look at family finances
Have you ever wondered which is better, Sam’s Club or Costco? Well I have. So I put the two to the test to see which is actually cheaper. I did a very scientific test of wandering around Sam’s Club with a pen and pad making notes of the prices on things I knew I’d seen at Costco. Then I took my list to Costco and filled in the Costco price. The result is this spreadsheet.
|Description||Sam’s Price||Costco price|
|Gillette razors twin blade||$18.93||$20.99|
|Gillette Mach 3||$25.30||$25.99|
|Gummy bears vitamins||$8.95||$9.99|
|Bounty paper towels||$17.58||$19.49|
|Wii Mario Kart||$44.88||$43.99|
|Miracle ball method book||$10.38||$10.99|
|Spot shot professional
|Febreeze air effects||$9.02||$8.99|
|Honeymaid graham crackers||$6.60||$7.39|
|Swiffer Dry Cloths||$11.92||$12.79|
|Sam Adams multi pack||$22.14||$21.79|
|Ziploc double zip Gallon||$9.14||$10.79|
|Ball park franks||$8.78||$8.99|
|Krusteaz pancake mix||$5.69||$6.39|
|Special K cereal||$7.34||$7.99|
|Daisy sour cream||$3.77||$3.79|
|I can’t believe its not butter||$6.82||$5.99|
|Cinnamon toast crunch||$6.34||$6.49|
A couple of the items were sold in a smaller size at Sam’s Club. I have adjusted the price to reflect a larger package. For example the razors, Costco sold the razors 14 in a pack. Sam’s Club sold 11 in a pack for $18.93, or $1.81 per razor. So it would be $25.30 for 14. Also, all comparisons are of the same brand except the milk and eggs, they were from local farms so they were a different brand.
In true Walmart fashion, Sam’s Club is a tad cheaper. I took a random sampling of 33 items and Sam’s Club is $6.94 cheaper, an average of 21 cents per item. Sam’s Club also has cheaper memberships. It costs $50 for a regular membership at Costco, while a regular membership at Sam’s Club is only $40. Sam’s Club also has a clearance section, while Costco doesn’t. But Costco mails out regular coupons, something I don’t think Sam’s Club does. (If I’m wrong please tell me.)
For me… I’m going to stick with Costco. A few things sway me in this direction. The first is that Costco is only 2 miles from my house while Sam’s is about 10. Secondly, Sam’s Club is Walmart. There is just no getting around that fact. And the longer I live, the less time I want to spend at Walmart.
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