I’ve been shopping at BJ’s for at least 20 years. Over those 20 years, I’ve honed some pretty serious shopping skills to help save the most money—a necessity when you have a large family. But you don’t have to have a large family to shop at BJ’s! Both single and family-size products are available at the club; you’ll be amazed at the variety of package sizes available to meet everyone’s needs.
I admit the first few times I went shopping at BJ’s I didn’t have a plan or a list, and it took me two and a half hours to get my shopping done. I just aimlessly walked down every aisle, getting sidetracked by all the wonderful things I found. I’d see something I wanted – but not necessary needed – and placed it in my cart. The very first time I shopped at BJ’s I had a bit of a shock when I checked out—I’d spent over $300 on “stuff” and I didn’t even have KIDS!
Did you know that BJ’s is the only membership club that accepts Manufacturers coupons AND BJ’s allows you to stack those coupons with in-store coupons and savings?
My next few trips were a little better—I armed myself with BJ’s Member Savings Journal (in-Club coupons) and manufacturers’ coupons. But I still didn’t have a plan. I would walk down each aisle, see something I wanted, look through the BJ’s Member Savings Journal to see if there was an in-Club coupon, then flip through my manufacturers’ coupons. Once again, it took me over two hours to finish shopping, although I did manage to save a lot of money!
Now I have shopping at BJ’s down to a science. I can get in and out of the store quickly, even when I have a long list of items I need to purchase.
Here are my Top 5 Tips to help make the most out of your time and money at BJ’s Wholesale Club.
Tip #1: Make a List
BJ’s carries the most product variety of any wholesale club (more than 7,000 items vs. the 4,000 competitors typically offer), and it’s easy to buy on impulse. Create your shopping list before visiting the club, list items in order by location to save time, clip your coupons together and note on your list that you have a coupon, so you don’t forget to use it.
Tip #2: Use Coupons
BJ’s is the only wholesale club to accept all manufacturers’ coupons for greater savings on top of the Club’s everyday low prices. Use coupons to your full advantage by stacking in-Club coupons with manufacturers’ coupons! I mark each page of the BJ’s Member Saving’s Book with a sticky tab and attach the manufacturer’s coupon next to the in-Club coupon, so I don’t miss out on savings.
You can get your exclusive BJ's coupons:
- Online. Members can access and print in-Club coupons once registered with an online account on BJs.com. Register by clicking on "Sign In/Register" at the top of any BJs.com page.
- In BJ's Member Journal, a BJ's Member magazine
- Through special offer mailings
- In BJ's in-Club coupon flyers, that’s updated twice a month
- Via email. If you’re registered on BJs.com, you can sign in to your online account, select "Email Subscribe/Unsubscribe" and then select "Subscribe me for all BJ's promotional emails" to receive BJ's emails and weekly updates on BJs.com Instant Coupons.
Tip #3: Buy Store Brands
Whether its fresh produce, diapers, pet food, paper products or linens for your home, a good wholesale club offers high-quality house brand items at savings comparable to brand-name items. BJ’s Own Brands Berkley Jensen and Wellsley Farms are backed by a 100% Money-Back Guarantee, so Members are rest assured that they chose well.
Tip #4: Bring a Calculator
Although most items are, not everything you find at a wholesale club will be less expensive than at the grocery store. Bring your calculator and figure out the unit price so you can compare apples to apples. Keep a price list (unit price) on your smartphone so you can look at items you purchase regularly and make sure you are getting the best deal.
Tip #5: Get Rewarded
BJ’s membership rewards upgrade is an investment that shoppers will see an immediate return on.
Under the new My BJ’s Perks™ Program, BJ’s Perks™ Rewards® Membership is available for $100 a year; enabling Members to earn two percent back on most BJ’s purchases. I’ve received $60 in rewards in the past 12 months. In coupon savings alone, I have paid for my BJ’s Perks™ Rewards® Membership 7 times over!
The BJ’s Perk Elite™ MasterCard® credit card has a $100 membership fee, and Members earn 5% back on most purchases in and outside of BJ’s.
The BJ’s Perks Plus™ MasterCard credit card has a $50 membership fee and earns Members 3% back on most purchases in and outside BJ’s.
Both credit cards also provide:
- Ten cents off per gallon of BJ’s Gas every day
- Earnings of 2% back on eating out and non-BJ’s gas purchases
- Earnings of 1% back on purchases made everywhere else MasterCard is accepted
- Bonus earnings of up to $50 after first use of the card outside of BJ’s
- Membership Renewal savings up to $25 annually through BJ’s Easy Renewal program
Stock up on household goods like toilet paper, cleaning products, and laundry detergent (don’t forget your coupons!) These bulk items won’t expire and you will end up saving money and making fewer trips to the store.
Using these shopping strategies will not only you save time and money, but there is little doubt your membership will pay for itself in no time.