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- Consider the fees. Basic membership is about $45. Will shop enough there to make the initial outlay worth it? Visit before you commit—BJ’s Wholesale Club has free one-day, and sometimes free 60-day, trials on its site. Sam’s Club lets nonmembers shop for a 10 percent surcharge.
- Check prices. Not everything is a deal at warehouse stores. Compare the unit price with the one at your grocery store, where it might be lower, especially during a sale. Some items that tend to be a good value at clubs are frozen chicken and pizza, paper products and beer and wine.