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Anyone shop at BJs?

Before we moved to where we live now, we had a membership at Sam's.   It was pretty good, we only bought certain things there.  We got a 60 day free membership offer in the mail, just curious if anyone can compare the two?  I've heard that you can use coupons at BJs.


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  • If you have 60 days free, use it. I wouldn't do a membership though. We prefer Costco.
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    If you have 60 days free, use it. I wouldn't do a membership though. We prefer Costco.

    Oh ya, definitely won't lose a free trial membership, but was curious if anyone had an opinions on it.


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    Lurker here...

    We have a BJ's membership.  I like the store, and yes, you can use manufacturers coupons.  They also send coupon books every month with various deals.


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    We go there for all our paper products and diapers/wipes/pull ups.

    They aren't that great a deal for food stuff.

    You can use BJ's coupons and then stack on a manufacturer coupon.  And if you buy something like wipes that come in a multi pack you can use multiple manufacturer coupons.  So you can rack up the savings.

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  • As KMM said, they're no Costco.

    I recently gave the 60 day trial a shot at BJs since they are way closer to us than BJs.  When I went to customer service to get the card, they gave me a huge guilt trip about not getting a permanent membership and then showed me the coupon catalog to show me the saving I would get if I was a member.  The BJs guy then took the coupon book AWAY FROM ME and said (very dramatically/tragically): "I can't let you have these right now...you're not a member."  He was really sleazy and it was a turn off.  It was so different from Costco where they have EXCELLENT customer service.

    BJs also tends to be more of a bulked up grocery store than Costco.  The merchandise tends to be smaller--like a 2 box of Ghiardelli brownies rather than a 5 box. It's good for some things and not good for others (like the brownies).

    I did like some of BJs kids clothing and shoes (bought an awesome pair of gardening boots there).

    I don't like BJs bakery and they don't have the delicious selection of premade food (cocktail shrimp, shrimp salad, sandwiches, take and bake pizza) that Costco has.

    Even though Bj's is 5 minutes from our house, we decided we would still make the 20 minute journey to Costco because we just like it so much better.

    Btw, I realize I wrote a novel about Costco.   I seriously love it though. 

     

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  • I'm a BJ's member. I've never really been to Costco and always thought they were basically the same. This thread has me wondering!

    I really like BJ's though. You don't always get a deal, but if you pay attention to prices you do. All cards, hallmark things are 50% off. The clothes prices are pretty good and surprisingly decent quality. The milk, bread, and most of the produce is better prices than at my grocery store... If you can actually make use of it all. Figuring which foods were a deal and which ones I ended up throwing 1/2 if it out when they went bad was a bit of a learning curve for me.

    Gum, cakes and spices are also really good deals.

  • I've done both and Costco is way better. They have a great selection of organic foods. Hmmm now i want to reup my membership.
  • I like BJs more than Sam's. You can buy smaller quantities anf the selection is better, in my opinion. Plus, Sam's is associated with Wal Mart, which we try to avoid. Give it a shot!

    Also, you can walk in to look around without having a membership. You only need it to check out. At Sam's you need it at the entrance.

    I can't say anything about Cosco's because I've never been.
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  • They have good prices on paper goods, pet supplies, baby supplies etc. Good coupons. Grocery items aren't really any cheaper for the most part.

    Best thing at BJ's is the liquor store. But that is open to non members too. 

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  • Oh. BJ's doesn't have many samples. This made me sad when we joined. BJ's does have a slightly better prices for store-brand diapers, though. 
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    As KMM said, they're no Costco.

    I recently gave the 60 day trial a shot at BJs since they are way closer to us than BJs.  When I went to customer service to get the card, they gave me a huge guilt trip about not getting a permanent membership and then showed me the coupon catalog to show me the saving I would get if I was a member.  The BJs guy then took the coupon book AWAY FROM ME and said (very dramatically/tragically): "I can't let you have these right now...you're not a member."  He was really sleazy and it was a turn off.  It was so different from Costco where they have EXCELLENT customer service.

    So funny you wrote this - we went today and the exact same thing happened!  The lady basically went through all the things members getting, making me think she we would be members for the 60 days we got it.  So, she gave me the book and when I said I wanted to wait to buy the membership to see if we actually saved anything, she snatched it out of my hands and said "Then, sorry, this is not for you, only members."  I said " Aren't we technically members for 60 days?"  She said "Paying members, I meant."

    Uh ok.  No big deal.  We didn't get to look around much, because a storm was coming in and I didn't want to get stuck in the rain, but it did look like things were smaller than say, Sam's, which is good for us, because there is only 3 of us.  Also, I don't have a Costco, which stinks, because I have heard good things about it.  Rub it in ladies!


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  • Costco is a cult to which I belong. So no, I've never been to bj's
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