How To Shop at Warehouse Clubs Like Costco, Without Buying A Membership

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There’s really no argument that buying in bulk is the most cost-effective way to run your household, but not everyone can afford the pricey membership costs at popular warehouse stores, right?

And I guess not everyone is lucky enough to live close enough to their parents to mooch off of them.

Good news for the rest of you, though – there’s a new way to get your groceries in bulk.


The grocery delivery service can bring you an order from Costco, Sam’s Club, and BJ’s Warehouse, depending on where you live.

Now, Instacart charges an annual fee of $99 for unlimited orders, so this is an extra awesome hack if you’re already paying for grocery delivery. A one-time charge, on the other hand, varies depending on the place and the time of day, so that’s something to consider.

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Also, Instacart’s pricing states that their delivery prices are higher than Costco’s prices in house, and also that Costco members don’t get their 2% executive reward. As for BJ’s and Sam’s, prices may “vary” from in-store prices, with some being higher than you would find on physical shelves.

Sam’s members can enter their customer number to receive rewards and pay member prices, however.

For example, Sam’s Club sells an 18-pack of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese in their store for $13.96. If you order if online yourself, it’s $14.78 but Instacart charges $16.75.

Still, if you compare it to a grocery store price of four boxes for $6.19, you’re getting a great deal, even at the highest price.

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Also? You can order alcohol for delivery, and we can all agree that’s a thing that is awesome about this timeline.

So, there you go. Make sure to crunch the numbers on how much money you’re actually spending/saving by ordering through Instacart, but they could definitely offer you an alternative to paying yearly membership fees.

You know, if that’s something you’d be into. I don’t know.