Is a Warehouse Club Worth The Cost?

Wondering if a warehouse club is worth the cost of a membership? With Sam’s club closing stores, and Costco not accepting coupons I can tell you from years of experience the one warehouse club that pays for your membership.

The more I shop at BJ’s the more I find sanity and that I am paying less. I took over this blog almost two years ago now and have gone from a somewhat extreme couponer– I have never been one to have stockpiles filling up my basement, but now do almost all of my shopping at BJ’s.

The convenience of everything there and all the discontinued and clearance items keep me coming back. Plus our store has the best employees. Shopping at a warehouse club is known to save you money, but if you’re shopping at Sam’s club or Costco, it’s probably not worth the cost.

That leaves just one out of the three, BJ’s Wholesale club.

A regular membership to BJ’s Wholesale Club is $55 for a year. That is just $0.15 a day.

Of course, they run promotions frequently. Right now you can get a super deal on a membership sign up for a $40-year membership and get a $25 BJs gift card- That’s like getting it for $15 and paying $0.04 a day!

So how do I earn my money back? Well if I only paid $15 a year I would certainly get my money back within a few weeks!


Here is how BJ’s Pays Me to Be a Member & Can Pay You Too


Clearance/Discontinued Items

They have so many clearance items that get marked 50% less than retail value. I bought a dinner serving ware for only $7.48, a stand-alone hammock for $29– retail $69, rugs and pillows that were marked down 75% and the clearance never ends!

If I just looked at my clearance purchases that alone pays for my membership.




Refer a Friend

If you refer two of your friends your membership is paid for. Every time you refer a friend you will receive a $25 BJ’s gift card and so will your friend. This can happen before you even step foot into the club!

  • Get started with the refer a friend program here.



My BJ’s Perks Reward Membership

I did a review on the two and both of them more than pay for your membership. When you sign up for a My BJs Perks rewards card your membership is paid for and they give you 5% back every time you shop.

  • Read the whole scoop about this offer here.



Coupons/Cashback Apps

BJ’s is the ONLY warehouse club to accept manufacturer coupons. PLUS through Checkout 51 app you can save an additional $5 or $10 on your membership and they have exclusive savings on products just at BJ’s!

When you stack manufacturer coupons with BJ’s coupons like I do monthly in my matchup list here, you will save more than your $50 membership fee.

In conclusion, I hope you are seeing that being a member of BJ’s is totally worth it. You can’t really justify the membership price as being too expensive even at $50 a year- that is just $0.13 a day! Once you step into the club you will see the prices are a great deal when you use coupons.