Thursday, November 02, 2006

 

I'm too cheap to be frugal

My newest thing now is monitoring how long it takes us to use personal care products, toothpaste, saline, shampoo etc. The big idea is that I will figure out how much of something we need over a year and buy it all at once and hopefully at a discount for buying in bulk. I emailed Walgreens and asked if they would offer a bulk discount if I bought a case of something that is typically sold by the each, but they have declined to answer my email. I chose Walgreens because I like them and they are a block from my house which makes it remarkably convenient to stop in on the way home.

Here's where I'm too cheap to be frugal, I know I could probably get a very good deal by shopping at Costco for these items, but I too cheap to pay the $50 membership fee. I'm worried that I won't save enough money shopping there to pay for the membership. So right now I'm researching to see if there's any way I can get a free membership without much success so far. If anyone knows where I can shop in bulk without paying a membership fee, please share :)


10 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amazon.com just started selling bulk food and heath & personal products. I'm not sure how their pricing is when compared to Costco.

3:08 PM  
Blogger AnnMarie said...

* local stores are much more likely to allow this than a chain like Walgreens
* natural food stores often let you order items in bulk
* join a coop

Alternatively, see if you can use so little you don't need to buy in bulk. I just realized that I use *less* than one bottle of shampoo a year. I'm getting rid of the dozen bottles I have and buying sometime natrual and expensive since I use so little of it anyway!

9:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've found that if I use coupons and keep a grocer price-book, I can buy stuff MUCH cheaper than I can at costco or sam's club...
NCN

PS... If you are a member of a church or a certain civic organizations, they might have a "business" card that you can use to get in... you just have to pay with cash...

4:53 PM  
Anonymous Catherine said...

I gave up the costco membership. I couldn't justify the $40 and I felt I spent more money than i normally would have if I didn't shop there. Now I go to Smart and Final. They are open to the public and there is no membership fee. I also find their prices comparable to Costco.

5:53 PM  
Anonymous Two Pennies Earned said...

I though I was the only one who did that! I used to write the date I opened a product on the bottle in permanent marker so I could see how long it would last. Now I know that a bottle of contact solution lasts a month and a half, that I go through shampoo at a different rate than conditioner, etc.

9:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

very, very funny. you should post some of your findings (i.e how long it takes to use certain items).

http://retiringearly.blogspot.com

8:30 AM  
Blogger mapgirl said...

Hey great idea on the sharpie date. I should definitely do that.

Usually if you really need a trip to Costco, ask your friends to take you there. They can usually bring in a guest with them. It's to entice new people to sign up.

I don't think I could justify the annual fee in savings, nor do I want giant boxes of tp and stuff in my condo since it's tiny.

8:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you have a friend w/ a Costco card? Shop with them!

7:01 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

I totally scam Sam's Club privileges off my parents. Once a year they take me to Sam's club and I buy a package of the things I need (one warehouse club package = 1 year for me 99% of the time).

On the other hand, I can usually find the name brand things on sale cheaper at my local store, if I'm watching carefully.

As for Walgreens, they have the best rebate club of all the drugstores. I found out about it roughly 4 months ago, and since then I've gotten nearly free tampons, pantiliners, shampoo, deodorant, and 3 bottles of Head and Shoulders 2-in-1 for less than the usual sale price. It doesn't quite fit the buy in bulk theme, but it works for me!

12:18 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Oh! And both Sam's Club and Costco will usually let you go in using a one day pass and buy things at 10% above shelf price. Might be worth it if they have a super awesome deal.

I plan to do that if my parents do not visit this year, because the deal is just that good on Sam's Club brand Ranitidine.

12:21 PM  

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