Costco vs. Sam's Club: Which warehouse store has the best prices?

It doesn't matter what you're buying, we're all seeking the lowest price.

So many of us turn to warehouse stores like Costco and Sam’s Club hoping to find the best deals.

So which store will save you the most?

I compared more than 20 items at Costco and Sam’s Clubs around the Valley to see which will keep your wallet happy.


BREAD

First on our list is bread; it’s a staple in most of our homes. We checked the price of Nature's Own Honey Wheat Bread.

It's $2.99 for two loaves at Costco.

Sam’s Club charges nearly $1.50 more, $4.48.


CHEESE

Let's add some cheese to that bread.

Kraft Singles are 8 cents per slice at Costco with their instant savings.

You'll pay quite a bit more at Sam's Club, at 12 cents per slice.


BABY FORMULA

The baby has to eat, too, so we checked the price on 34 ounces of Similac Advance.

Costco charged the least for this item at $30.99.

You'll pay $31.30 at Sam's Club.


CEREAL

Next up, Honey Nut Cheerios. This time the prices are a little closer.

We shelled out $7.48 at Sam's Club.

It’s nine cents cheaper at Costco for the same amount of cereal -- $7.39.


CHICKEN

Next on the list, the main course -- a three-pound rotisserie chicken.

Sam's Club charges $4.88.

You'll pay slightly more at Costco, at $4.99.


KETCHUP

We also checked the price for ketchup.

Costco charges $7.49 for three 44-ounce bottles.

Sam's Club squeezes out another win, charging about 50 cents less.


SODA

Now, we wash it all down with a Coke.

This time both stores fight hard for your money, charging the same price -- $9.69 for 32 12-ounce cans. That's 30 cents per can.

But don't get too excited about that price because if you check your local grocery store's ads, you can save even more.

Recently, Fry's had Coke and Pepsi products on sale for just 19 cents per can.

That means you can get 19 more cans of soda for the same price that you'd pay at the warehouse stores.

Overall we priced more than 20 items on things most of us have in our home, from laundry detergent, to baby products, and of course food.

See the complete list of all of the items we compared.

It was a close race, but in the end Costco saved us the most cash on our grocery items.

The grand total when we shopped was $267.35 for Costco; $274.31 cents for Sam’s Club.

But it's important to point out that Costco charges $10 more a year than Sam’s Club for a basic membership.

Another thing to consider -- the price you pay will not only depend on whether you shop at Costco or Sam's, but in which part of the Valley you shop at.

That same box of Honey Nut Cheerios that costs $7.39 at the Gilbert Costco on Market Street will cost you nearly $1 more if you buy it at the Phoenix location on Thomas Road.

The price varies at different locations for Sam's Club too.

A 52-count of Quaker oatmeal we price compared will cost you $8.72 at the Sam's Club in the Gilbert San Tan shopping center. But, you'll pay $9.48 for the same oatmeal at the Scottsdale Sam's Club on Northsight Boulevard.

No matter where you decide to shop, don't assume one store will always get you the best price. Just because it’s a warehouse store doesn’t mean it’s going to save you the most.

Remember to always compare prices, check your grocery store ads, and make a list so you don’t overbuy.

 

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