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ShopSmart Puts Warehouse Club Savings to the Test
Posted By News Staff On Friday, November 11, 2011 @ 4:30 am In News | No Comments
Yonkers, NY – People are often surprised to find that warehouse club savings are worthwhile even if you have a small family or live alone.
The December 2011 issue of ShopSmart magazine, from the publisher of Consumer Reports, did a price comparison of 18 common items at warehouse clubs, supermarkets, Target, and Walmart, and online retailers, and found that you can save up to 55 percent by shopping at warehouse clubs.
“The secret to really big savings at a warehouse club is knowing which items are real deals and which to pass on,” said Lisa Lee Freeman, editor-in-chief of ShopSmart. “We sent our mystery shoppers out to the stores to see where you’ll save the most.”
Duracell AA Batteries: 33 cents per battery at Costco (save 63% vs. supermarkets)
Kleenex Tissue: 63 cents per 100 sheets at Costco (save 43% vs. supermarkets)
Cheerios: 14 cents per ounce at Costco and Sam’s (save 53% vs. Amazon.com)
Reynolds Wrap Heavy Duty: 4 cents per square foot at Costco and Sam’s (save 50% vs. supermarkets)
Thomas’ Original English Muffins: 27 cents per muffin at Costco (save 53% vs. supermarkets)
Dawn Ultra Dishwashing Liquid: 9 cents per fluid ounce at Costco and Sam’s (save 31% vs. supermarkets)
Maxwell House Coffee: 24 cents per ounce at Costco (save 38% vs. supermarkets)
Skippy Peanut Butter: 10 cents per ounce at Sam’s (save 33% vs. supermarkets)
Tropicana 100% Orange Juice: 38 cents per 8-fluid-ounce glass at Costco and Sam’s (save 20% vs. supermarkets)
Advil Liqui-Gels Capsules – Best Bet: Order at Amazon, spend $25.00, and get free shipping (with Amazon Prime, two-day shipping is free).
Coca-Cola – Best Bet: Wait for a supersale at a supermarket or mass retailer, like three 12-packs for $10.00 or even less.
Tide Original or HE – Best Bet: Take a coupon to the supermarket when Tide is on sale. Costco and Sam’s don’t accept manufacturer coupons.
Consumer Reports is the world’s largest independent product-testing organization. Using its more than 50 labs, auto test center, and survey research center, the nonprofit rates thousands of products and services annually. Founded in 1936, Consumer Reports has over 8 million subscribers to its magazine, website, and other publications. Its advocacy division, Consumers Union, works for health reform, food and product safety, financial reform, and other consumer issues in Washington, D.C., the states, and in the marketplace.
Launched in Fall 2006 by Consumer Reports, ShopSmart draws upon the publication’s celebrated tradition of accepting no advertisements and providing unbiased product reviews. ShopSmart features product reviews, shopping tips on how to get the most out of products and “best of the best” lists. It’s ideal for busy shoppers who place a premium on time. ShopSmart has a newsstand price of $4.99 and is available nationwide at major retailers including Barnes & Noble, Wal-Mart, Borders, Kroger, Safeway and Publix. ShopSmart is available by subscription at www.ShopSmartmag.org .
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