Sam’s Club Vs. Costco Prices


Sam’s Club Vs. Costco Prices


{Note: The Sam’s Club prices were found in Huntsville, Alabama and the Costco prices were found in Columbus, Ohio. I’ve shopped Sam’s Clubs in both cities and found the prices to be almost identical, and in general, prices for food have been a little higher here in Ohio, so I think this is a pretty good idea of what prices you’ll see in  your area. If any of my Huntsville readers happen to shop Costco I would *love* to hear your prices to compare on these same items . . . I’m going to see if I can get to Sam’s Club here next week to compare as well!) 


This might just be my favorite post ever here on PPP! Because we’re a couple of penny pinchin’ nerds, my friend Shannon and I love to see the low-down-nitty-gritty of a good price, and always (always!) do the math to know just how much we’re spending.


So, when I called Shannon on the way  home from Costco the other day, we started discussing how fun it would be to price war Sam’s and Costco and see who actually won. (Did I mention we were penny pinchin’ nerds?  I wasn’t kidding.) ;)  I was very surprised with some of the results, but loved seeing them matched up evenly. This is just a small sample of the things we watched for this week, and if you all enjoy it, we may both make another trip back for more.


As always, when shopping these stores please go in with a budget in place (in case you haven’t heard that enough from me lately!) We would love to know if these prices are consistent to what you see in your hometown (remember, Shannon’s shopping in Huntsville, Alabama and I’m here in Columbus, Ohio), and if you’ve found other deals that you’ve just loved at Costco or Sam’s Club, leave a comment to let us know what you think.



IMG_3770.JPGSam’s- Whole Chicken $1.07/per lb
Costco- Whole Chicken $1.09/lb



Sam’s- Rotisserie Chicken 3 lb $4.98
Costco-  Rotisserie Chicken 3 lb $4.99



Sam’s- $1.88/lb
Costco- $2.99/lb

Note: This price is a bit deceiving because the Costco price was on Perdue chicken and the Sam’s Club was their Member’s Mark version, but both are antibiotic free 



Sam’s- Lean Meat 80/20- $3.28/per lb
Costco- Lean Meat 80/20 $3.49/per lb



Sam’s – Tyson Frozen Chicken 6 lb $13.19 ($2.20 per lb)
Costco- Perdue Chicken 10 lb $22.90 ($2.29 per lb)



Sam’s- Oscar Mayer Fully Cooked Turkey Bacon 36 oz – $5.86 ($.16 per ounce)
Costco- Turkey bacon 48 oz $5.49 ($.11 per ounce) but the non sale price is $.17 per ounce



Sam’s- Milk $2.29
Costco- Milk $2.69



Sam’s – Sargento Cheese 24 pk $7.98 ($.33 each)
Costco- $10.99 ( $.23 each)



Sam’s- $2.42/18  ($1.61 per dozen)
Costco- $3.99/32 ($1.33 per dozen)



Sam’s- 3 lb Grapes $4.98 ($1.66 per lb)
Costco – 4 lb Grapes $6.99 ($1.74 per lb)



Sam’s – Watermelon $3.98
Costco- Watermelon $3.99

WINNER = SAM’S by just a penny


Sam’s – Organic Spring Mix 1 lb $4.47
Costco – Organic Spring Mix 1 lb $4.49

WINNER = SAM’S by just 2 pennies


Sam’s- Onions 10 lb $6.82 ($.68 per lb)
Costco- Onions 10 lb $8.49 ($.84 per lb)



Sam’s- Sliced Apples 32 oz $3.98 ($.12 per ounce)
Costco- Sliced Apples 48 oz $9.99 ($.21 per ounce)



Sam’s- Strawberries 2 lb $4.98
Costco- Organic Strawberries 2 lb $6.98



Sam’s- $22.48 for 22 Mega Rolls $.93 per Mega roll roll (330 Sheets per roll) 96 reg rolls
Costco- $16.79 for 29 Tripe Rolls $.17 per jumbo roll (stock up price) 97 reg rolls (remember, this price is after their monthly coupon, so the price will go up $4.20 on September 1st but still a decent price)



Sam’s- Bounty 12 roll $17.98 ($1.49 per roll)
Costco- Bounty 12 roll $15.99 ( $1.33 per roll)



Sam’s – $9.91 for 90 or $.11 per tab
Costco- $14.49 on sale Buy One Get One Free $.06 per tab (remember, this price is after their monthly coupon, so the price will go up to $.12 per tab on September 1st but still a decent price)



Sam’s- Member’s Mark Napkins 4 pk 300 Sheets- $9.98 ($.08 per napkin)
Costco- Kirkland’s Napkins 240 ct 4 pk ($0.07 per napkin)



Sam’s- Rice Krispies Treats, 24 pk $8.38 ($.35 each)
Costco- Rice Krispies Treats, 54 pk  $7.99 ($.14 each)

Note: if I remember correctly that the Sam’s Club ones are much larger bars – so this is a little deceiving




Sam’s – Daily Chef K Cup 80 ct $29.98 ($.37 per K cup)
Costco- Kirkland K Cup 100 ct $34.99 ($.35 per K Cup)

WINNER = COSTCO by 2 pennies


Sam’s- Instant Quaker Oatmeal 52 ct $8.48 ($.16 each)
Costco- Instant Quaker Oatmeal 52 ct $8.55 ($.16 each)

WINNER = SAMS by less than a penny


Sam’s- JIF Peanut Butter 2 pk 40 oz $8.33 ($.10 per ounce)
Costco- JIF Peanut Butter 2 pk 48 oz $9.99 ($.10 per ounce)



Sam’s – Nature Valley Granola Bars 30 ct $7.49 ($.25 each)
Costco- Nature Valley Granola Bars 48 ct $12.69 ($.26 each)



Sam’s- Dole Gel Fruit Cups 16 ct $7.88 ($.49 per cup)
Costco- Del Monte Fruit Cups 20 ct $8.39 ($.42 per cup)



Sam’s- General Mills Cheerios 2 27 oz box ($.13 per ounce)
Costco- General Mills Cheerios 40 oz box ($.14 per ounce)



Sam’s- Huggies Diapers Size 2- 168 ct ($.24 per diaper) Size 1 198 ct ($.20 per diaper)
Costco - Huggies Snug & Dry Size 2 228 ct at Costco $32.99 ($.14 per diaper)



Sam’s-  Simply Right Diapers Size 3- 252 ct $34.94 ($.14 per diaper) this is the smallest size they have in the Sam’s brand
Costco- Kirkland’s Diapers $19.99 136 ct at Costco ($.10 per diaper)



Sam’s- Tide $21.48 ($0.10 per ounce)
Costco- Tide $16.49  ($.10 per ounce)



Sam’s Eraser’s 9 ct Kit-  $9.78  ($1.08 each)
Costco- Eraser’s 9 ct- $8.99 ($1.00 each)




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CVS Top Deals Week of 8/31/14


Here are the top deals in the upcoming CVS ad beginning 8/31/14!   This  I think is the slowest ad I have seen in  a long time.  Hopefully some deals will pop up throughout the week?

Buy 1 Crest Sensitive Toothpaste at $5.99, Get $3 ECBs (Limit 2)
Use $1/1 printable
$1.99 after coupon and ECBs

Buy 1 Bausch & Lomb PeroxiClear Solution (3 oz) at $4.99, Get $3 ECBs (Limit 1)
$1.99 after ECBs

Buy 1  CVS  Diapers or Training Pants (Jumbo Pack) at $6.99, Get $3 ECBs (Limit 1)
$3.99 after ECBs


Other Deals in Ad

Wet N Wild Nail Polish $.99
Use $1/1 coupon from the 8/24 SmartSource insert
Free after coupon

Campbell’s Tomato or Chicken Noodle Soup $.99
Use $.50  coupon from the Red Kiosk
$.49 after coupon

Dawn Dish Soap $.99
Use $.50/1 coupon from the 8/31 P&G insert
$.49 after coupon

Buy 3 Pantene Shampoos – $3.33
Use $5/3 coupon from the 8/31 P&G insert or $4/2 coupon from the 7/31 P&G insert (exp 8/31)
$1.33 each after coupon

Just the Basics Water 24 pk $2.22

Tide Simply Clean & Fresh (25 loads) – $3.49
Use $.50/1 coupon from the 8/24 RedPlum insert
$2.99 after coupon


See all the top deals at CVS this week.

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Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day: Save Up To 64% On Rubbermaid Back To School Products

What’s Free In Stores Week Of 8/28/14


Love a freebie? Check out this great list of what’s free this week!  These are the free items you can find this week at Target, Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, Kroger, Publix, Rite Aid & the Dollar Tree this week. Leave a comment if you find any to add to the list. :)


Colgate Extra Clean Toothbrush $.94

  • Use $1/1 Colgate Oral Care Target coupon when you text THANKS to 827438
  • Free after coupon

Buy 1 Sharpie highlighter $1.79, Get 1 50% OFF

Wet Ones Wipes $1.99

Clorox Wipes $2.36

Wet N Wild Nail Polish $.93

  • Use $1/1 coupon from the 8/24 RedPlum insert
  • Free after coupon

Minute Maid Lemonades or Fruit Drinks $1.25

  • Text receipt to 811811 with the word Minute Maid Get $5 Gift Card
  • Free after gift card

Simple Green Cleaner starts at $1.97

Luzianne Pour & Stir $.98

Wet Ones Wipes $1.99


Buy 1 Colgate Max (6 oz), Total (4 oz), 2 – in- 1 (4 oz) or Optic White (3 oz) at $3, Get $2 (Limit 2)

  • Use $1/1 coupon from the 8/24 SmartSource insert
  • Free after coupon and ECBs

Buy 1 Wet N Wild Nail Polish at $.99, Get 1 50% OFF

  • Use $1/1 coupon from the 8/24 RedPlum insert
  • Free, overage after coupon

Buy 1 Nature Made Adult Gummies at $8.29, Get $5 ECBs (Limit 1)

  • Use $2/1 printable or $3/1 coupon from the 7/27 SmartSource insert
  • $.29 after coupon and ECBs

Buy 4 Revlon Eye Shadows at $3.19, Get $3 ECBs (Limit 6)

Buy 4 Speed Stick Deodorants at $1.99, Get 5,000Balance Rewards Points

  • Use $.50/1 from the 8/24 SmartSource insert
  • $.24 after coupon and Balance Rewards Points

Buy 2 Life Savers, Starburst Gummibursts or Skittles (2 – 7 oz) at $1.00, Get 1,000 Balance Rewards Points

  • $.50 after coupon and Balance Rewards Points

Buy 1 Vitamin Energy Water at $1.50, Get $1.50 Register Rewards

  • Free after Register Rewards

Buy 1 Trueresult Blood Glucose Monitor at $12.99, Get $12.99 Register Rewards

  • Free after Register Rewards



Betty Crocker Suddenly Salad Pasta, Hamburger, Tuna or Chicken Helper, 12 oz – $0.99Excludes: Ultimate

Ken’s Steak House Dressing, 16 oz – $1.88

Suave Deodorant, 2 oz – $0.99

Betty Crocker Cookie Mix, 12 – 17 oz – $1.29

Dr. Fresh Firefly Barbie Turbo, Angry Birds or Reach Barbie Toothbrush, 1 – 2 pk or Angry Birds Mouthwash, 16 oz – $1.89

  •  Use $1.00/1 Firefly Product – 5-4-14 SS – (exp. 12/31/14)
  • Stacks With $1.00/1 Dr. Fresh Firefly Barbie Turbo, Angry Birds or Reach Barbie Toothbrush, 1 – 2 pk or Angry Birds Mouthwash, 16 oz (Publix Coupon) – Health & Beauty Advantage Flyer (Valid from 8/16/14) – (exp. 08/29/14)
  • Free after coupon

Sundown Melatonin Vitamins 120 ct $3.99

  • Use $1.00/1 Sundown Naturals Vitamin or Supplement or $1.00/1 Sundown Naturals Vitamin or Supplement – 8-3-14 RP
  • And use $3.00/1 Sundown Naturals Vitamins or Supplement, 120 ct or Larger (Publix Coupon) – Health & Beauty Advantage Flyer
  • Free after coupons

Ken’s Steak House or Sweet Baby Ray’s Marinade or Wing Sauce & Glaze, 16 oz – $1.49

OFF! Clip On Starter Kit $3.99

ZonePerfect Single Bar, 1.58 – 1.76 ozDownload a digital coupon on 8/29 only for a Free ZonePerfect Single Bar, 1.58 – 1.76 oz. Redeem by 9/13/1

  • Free after coupon

Voskos Greek Yogurt, 5.3 – 7 oz – $1.00


Buy 2 Werther’s and Riesen $1.50, Get $1 +UP, Limit 4

Paper Mate Write Bros. Pens, 10 ct – $0.49Includes: Select varieties

  • Use $0.50/1 Paper Mate Pack; Excludes Single Pens – 8-17-14 SS – (exp. 10/12/14)
  • Free after coupon

Buy 2 TRESemme Shampoo or Conditioner, 32 oz or Select Stylers – $4.00, Get $3 +UP ( Limit 2)

  • Use $2.00/1 TRESemme Shampoo or Conditioner; Excludes Trial or Travel Size; Maximum 2 Identical Coupons Allowed In Same Shopping Trip – 8-24-14 RP – (exp. 09/21/14)
  • $.50 each after coupons and UP Rewards




WestSoy Soymilk, 32 oz – $1.00

Philly Swirl Stix, 6 ct – $1.00

  • Use $1.00/1 Philly Swirl Frozen Treats – 5-18-14 SS – (exp. 09/02/14)
  • Free after coupon

Boogie Wipes – $1.00

AcneFree – $1.00

  • Use $2.00/1 AcneFree Product – 8-3-14 SS – (exp. 10/31/14)
  • Free after coupon

L’Oreal, Project Runway Nail Sticker – $1.00

Splenda, 50 ct – $1.00

Fisher Boy Fish Sticks, 6 oz – $1.00

Hefty Slider Bags, 6-15 ct – $1.00

Firefly Toothbrush – $1.00

  • Use  $1.00/1 Firefly Product – 5-4-14 SS – (exp. 12/31/14)
  • Free after coupon

Bayer Aspirin, 20 ct – $1.00

Check out the complete list of deals this week at Target, Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, Publix & Kroger!


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Sonic Corn Dogs Only $0.50 All Day 8/28


Just a reminder that this is TODAY! Enjoy :)

Don’t miss your chance to get a Sonic Corn Dog for only $0.50 all day August 28th!  Don’t forget Sonic also offers half price slushes and drinks daily from 2-4 PM.

Thanks, Time2Save Workshops!  See more dining deals.

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$15 iTunes Gift Card Just $10 From Groupon

New $4/2 Starbucks Coupon: Possibly Free Starbucks!

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Hurry to print this $4/2 Starbucks Coffee product coupon, which should make free or very close to free Starbucks if your grocery store carries Starbucks Expressor or Refresher Singles. Click the “special savings” tab at the top of the page to get yours. Yay!

Thanks, Moms by Heart! See more dining deals.

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Publix Extra Finds: Hair Accessories Clearance & More





While I was shopping at Publix yesterday, Annette (an awesome Publix employee) told me about all the mark downs on the hair accessorize items.  This will totally depend on your area, but they usually do resets of new items at several stores, so watch for them!

These are all 50% off of the price shown:











$1.09 (I got these for my 7- year-old and she loves them!)







$1.31 and $1.25

And here are a few more deals I noticed while shopping this week . . .



Pop Tarts $1.66

  • Use $1/2 peelie
  • $1.16 after coupon



Horizon Mac & Cheese $1.50 (These go 10 for $10 at Kroger a lot)

  • Use $.55/1 Blinkie
  • $.95 after coupon



Depends Underwear, 12 ct $5.44 (great donation item!)

Be sure to check out all the deals at Publix this week.

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Costco Part 5: Grocery Savings



Time for my last post on Costco shopping (although you’ll definitely want to watch tomorrow when Shannon and I have both been working on a fun Sam’s vs. Costco post . . . it was so surprising to see the results!) I think there are a lot of deals to be had at Costco (or Sam’s Club for that matter), but I cannot stay it enough . . . you have got to go in with a budget in mind and choose to stick to it when you shop.


I’ve always felt like the meat, dairy and produce prices at club stores are very reasonable, but the prices for processed food items, cleaning supplies, and toiletries is just high compared to what I can do with coupons at a regular grocery store. If you can manage to walk into a club store and stick to the items on your list that are good deals than you are doing GREAT, but beware the temptation to over spend while you’re there!


The problem is, if you overspend on an extra box of granola bars at your regular grocery store, you’ll be out $2-$3 each week. But if you decided to splurge on an extra box of those same granola bars at Costco or Sam’s, you’ll easily be out as much as $10. And, if you decide to splurge on three or four items (or five . . . or six ~ yikes!), you can overspend by as much as $50 because each item is just bigger than what’s at home.


(And I don’t know about your kiddos, but if my kids see a gargantuan box of granola bars in the pantry they are way  more likely to gobble them down quickly because they don’t think I’ll notice on a super sized box. Definitely something to consider!)


While I undoubtedly think there are decent prices at Sam’s and Costco, I think it’s just. so. easy. to. overspend. there.  (Did you near me?) Our family’s weekly grocery budget is around $85 per week ~ if I went each week to Costco and spent $45 (like I did a few days ago), that would easily add an extra $180 each month onto my grocery bill, just for food.  I don’t know about you, but I’d rather really pinch my groceries, so I can save for the things I just love ~ like traveling, cute clothes for my kids, and fluffing up my home! That’s just my opinion (and we all have different views on this one for sure!), but do consider that before spending too much on something that’s so perishable. I’d rather have things that I can hold onto than pay an extra penny for cereal that my kids are going to eat through tomororw.


Goodness gracious, I didn’t expect to just rant and rave on this subject, but clearly it’s one of those things that bothers me. Hopping down from my pedestal now to share what I found with you. ;)



So, where are the deals? Let’s get started . . .

String Cheese $10.99 or $.22 each – great price and I think worth stocking up on if you’re at Costco

Most grocery stores sell 12-pack string cheese for around $3.50 ($.29 each), so this is a good price.



Eggs $3.99/32 eggs or $1.33 per dozen

Eggs used to regularly drop at my local Aldi to $.69 per dozen, but I haven’t seen that in ages! I’ve seen them priced anywhere from $1.69-$2.29 here locally, so if you can use them all before they expire (remember, you’ll need room for quite a few eggs in your fridge!), these are a good price.


Milk $2.69/gallon

This is a GREAT price in our area – Aldi also sometimes sells milk at a similar price, but I haven’t seen that recently and from what I can tell Costco consistently has the lowest prices on milk!


Turkey Bacon $5.49 for 4 (12 oz) packages after monthly coupon

Ouch. Turkey bacon is one of those things that you can almost always get for next to nothing – in fact it’s been free in the last month at Walgreens. The same amount would cost you less than $5 this week at Kroger, or if you happen to have a Shoprite nearby you could get it for as low as $.16. Don’t pay full price for turkey bacon (if you eat it at all!) ;)


(And I could kick myself for not getting the price on regular bacon – will have to check that the next time I shop . . . )


Hunt’s Snack Packs $5.99 for 36 cups after monthly coupon

I think these are a decent price after the monthly coupon, however they regularly go on sale at most grocery stores for $.25 per cup, and if you have a coupon you can drop that price even more. Dollar General and Shop Rite have them on sale this week, and the price at Shop Rite after coupon is just $.14 per cup. (Goodness, wish we had a Shoprite nearby!)20140826-154847-56927640.jpg

Rice Krispies Treats $7.99 for 54 bars after monthly coupon

These are a great price again after the monthly coupon. These are one of those items we rarely see go on sale, so $.14 per bar seems like a decent price to me!

Nature Valley Bars $12.68 for 48 ct box 

This makes them $.26 per bar, which isn’t a bad price but there are coupons on these all the time and you can normally find a good sale. We’ve bought the store brand ones at Kroger (they taste the same!) for $2 ($.25 per bar), with no coupon at all, but this week you could get them for as low as $.20 per bar at Walmart, $.06 per bar at Meijer,  $.11 per bar at Publix or $.18 per bar at Walgreens and CVS. It’s nice to easily stock up on them, but you may very well be paying too much!


Kirkland Mandarin Orange Cups $7.69 for 20 cups or $.38 per cup

These are a pretty good price, as good sales on fruit cups don’t come around all that often! I *think* though that Aldi sells fruit cups for around $1.50 which makes them $.37 per cup – so if you don’t have the option of shopping Costco or Sam’s that’s an easy option.


Quaker Instant Oatmeal $8.55 or $.16 per pouch

This isn’t a bad price at all, but I think you may be able to find a similar price if you wait for a good sale and a great coupon on these. This week they’re on sale at Giant Eagle for $2.50, or at Meijer for $2, and if you’ve got the coupon for $1/1 Quaker Protein Instant Oatmeal the price drops to as low as $.80 per 12, making them $.08 each. Just be sure to watch for sales on those if you regularly purchase them, because you should be able to score a good price at your grocery store as well!


Nutri Grain Bars $12.99/48 ct.

The prices on these comes out to $.27 per bar, which isn’t bad if your kiddos love them! HOWEVER, this week you could get them at Giant Eagle for $.12 per bar – if your kids love them watch for a good sale at your favorite grocery store to get a good price.


Jif Peanut Butter $9.99 for 2/48 oz jars.

The price on this comes out to $.10 per ounce. This week at Walgreens and Publix you can get peanut butter for less than $.10 per ounce, and I think if you wait for a good sale you’ll see better prices than this even without coupons at your local grocery store. It is nice to stock up on a bunch so easily, but if there was a GOOD sale with a coupon, you could definitely find peanut butter cheaper!



The moral of the story? ;) There are some decent prices to be found at wholesale stores, but like always, you’ve got to know your prices and shop with a budget in place before heading out. If you’re considering getting a membership at Sam’s or Costco, watch for a special offer from Groupon or Zulily (they come around a few times a year), and definitely take advantage of their monthly specials. (Costco has a flier you can pick up at their customer service desk, and the coupons automatically come off at checkout. Sam’s Club occasionally mails sales fliers with coupons out to members as well.)


And remember that we’re all in a different place when it comes to how we shop. Right now, I’ll take advantage of the meat, dairy and produce deals at Costco or Sam’s, and shop my local grocery store for just about everything else. But, there was a time when I only shopped Aldi for some of those items because they were a little cheaper there, and that worked for me.



Most importantly though, don’t feel like you need a membership at these stores to get a good deal – just about everything goes on sale at your local grocery store, so stock up on the items your family uses when they drop down to a good price!  DETERMINE YOUR BUDGET, make a menu plan, and find the best way to save that works for your family.


Happy penny pinching! ;)



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*HOT* Kohl’s Kitchenaid Mixer More Than $100 Less Than Amazon Price


This offer and all the Kohl’s deals end TONIGHT  - order soon if you’re interested, and see more Kohl’s deals HERE!

Kohl’s is offering $10 in Kohl’s Cash when you spend $50, plus save 20% off when you spend $100 or more! They’re also offering free shipping on orders of $50 or more, so you can really snag some great deals. Check this out:


  • Place Kitchen Aid Mixer in your cart
  • Add ANY other item at Kohl’s (your total needs to be $200 to get $40 in Kohl’s cash, and you’ll already be at $199.99, so you might as well find something tiny to get the Kohl’s cash!)
  • Use code MARCHING to save 20%
  • Pay $199.99 + cost of your extra item, get $40 in Kohl’s cash
  • Submit for $20 Kitchenaid Rebate
  • Makes it $139.99 after Kohl’s Cash, Rebate and coupon code!

There are so many more discounts included right now, so you’ll want to go HERE and check out all the Kohl’s deals going on right now. Here are a few more coupons which you may be able to stack:


I’d love to hear if you find a great deal at Kohl’s using these coupon codes – don’t forget to also check out this incredible offer on Keurig’s going on right now at Kohl’s too!

Find more top retail deals.


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