On Sunday morning, before we headed out for church, my husband asked me if we could pick up a few things from BJ’s that afternoon.
“Of course!” I said. “That’s an easy blog post! Let’s bring the camera.”
So, of course, we forgot the camera, and he complained that he didn’t think BJ’s was worthy of a blog post because it isn’t actually that “cheap.”
Which begs the question: if my husband, the cheapest Yankee I know, doesn’t consider BJ’s cheap, why do we have a membership?
He has been able to get a $20 BJ’s membership through his former employer for years. He goes to BJ’s once a month and buys the things that are great to buy in bulk and are a pretty good balance of price and quality (toilet paper, paper towels, dog food, cat food) and other things that are cheaper than buying in stores (diapers, contact lens solution). It would not be worth it for us if we were paying the standard $45 membership fee. (As a complete aside, I recall reading in the Wall Street Journal a few years back that the vast majority of warehouse/wholesale club profits are in the membership fees, because there’s very little markup on the actual products.)
We’re not the kind of people who buy 10-pound blocks of cheese or monster boxes of Twix, but every once in a while we find something really good. We bought nearly all the laminate flooring for our house at BJ’s, at a pretty good price; we found a really great set of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer toys that our son loves; they usually have pretty good veggie burgers in bulk. But, on the whole, we tend to have pretty targeted buying and stick to our relatively narrow shopping path.
If we didn’t have dogs, cats, and a child in diapers, I’m not even sure the $20 membership fee would be worth it. (We use cloth diapers at home and disposable diapers when we go out, so we tend not to use as many disposables as the average family. I was thinking of writing about cloth diapering, but then my husband gave me that “if Nicholson Baker knocks on our door, he can have you” look, so unless I get a big request to talk about modern-day cloth diapering, I will restrain myself.)
Does anyone else have a BJ’s membership? Do you find that it’s worth it?