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Sam's Club vs. Costco: Which is better?

Prices aren't the only factors to consider.

By Karen Datko Sep 30, 2009 1:26AM

Is Sam's Club cheaper than Costco? Ashley at Wide Open Wallet wanted to know, so she did a price comparison of 33 items.

The result? The items, in total, would have cost $399.47 at Sam's Club and $406.41 at Costco. About a dozen of the items were cheaper or the same price at Costco. Otherwise, Sam's Club ruled. She also notes that Sam's Club has a cheaper membership fee and a clearance section. (Her Costco does not.)

Regardless, she still prefers Costco. Here's why:

She loves the coupons that Costco mails out. Also, Costco is closer to home and, quite frankly, she doesn't like Wal-Mart, which owns Sam's Club. She adds, "And the longer I live, the less time I want to spend at Wal-Mart." Other bloggers say Costco has better selection, particularly for produce, meat and clothes.

Not everyone has the opportunity (we're among those folks) -- or storage space -- to benefit from warehouse clubs. But for those who do, Sam's Club vs. Costco is a popular topic. For instance:

How does Costco compare with regular grocery stores? Ashley has also done a price comparison between Costco and Wal-Mart. She had lots of Costco coupons, and Costco won hands down. (Another post comparing Costco and three supermarkets, including a Wal-Mart, can be found at the Addicted to Costco! blog.)

What's important to you when you're selecting a warehouse membership store? Of these two biggies, which one is better?

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Published March 16, 2009


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