Save More With Secret Warehouse Club Pricing Codes

Warehouse clubs are known for their deals, but if you know how they price their items, you can cash in on even more savings. Here's how to identify special markdown codes and use them to your advantage the next time you go shopping.

At Costco, be on the lookout for items ending in 97 cents. This is a specially marked-down product that didn't sell, so it needs to be cleared off the shelves. These prices are usually not advertised, and if you see an asterisk by the price, that means the product will not be reordered. So, check your pantry and stock up on any favorites before it's too late.

At BJ's, look for the number on the top of the tags. If you see a seven, that means it's a one-time buy, and is most likely a seasonal product. If you see a two, that means the item has been discontinued, and might be on sale soon.

So, the next time you head to a warehouse club, keep these tips in mind. You'll find that it really does pay to know the code.

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Save More With Secret Warehouse Club Pricing Codes -- Savings Experiment
While the economy is in rough times, Costco Wholesale, BJ's Wholesale Club and Sam's Club are in a sweet spot. So Smart Money set out for an unscientific survey of the Big Three. Its goal was to find the cost of a basket of 10 comparable grocery items purchased at each of the three stores, while checking out the selection and service along the way.

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First Up: BJ's
Number of stores: 178
Location: 16 Eastern states
Membership fee: $45

Pros: Wide selection of items, very friendly staff, modest prices.

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Cons: Loud TVs with infomercials line the aisles, no wine section.

In Summary: BJ's offers an overall pleasant shopping experience and affordable prices. Total shopping cost: $55.35.

Next: Sam's Club
Number of stores: 593
Location: Nationwide
Membership fee: $40

Pros: Wide shopping aisles, exotic seafood choices, quality products.

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Cons: Lots of imposing security cameras, no express checkout lane, less selection than BJ's.

In Summary: Sam's Club has a smaller selection than BJ's, but has quality products. Checkout prices are nearly the same as BJ's. Total shopping cost: $55.66.

Next: Costco
Number of stores: 393
Location: Nationwide
Membership fee: $50

Pros: Freshest baked goods, high-end wine choices, slightly more brands than Sam's Club.

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Cons: Most expensive membership fee, fewer brands available than BJ's, messy food court area, uncleaned milk spills in the dairy aisle, most expensive checkout cost.

In Summary: Costco has a better selection of higher-end items, but you'll pay more for everyday shopping. Total shopping cost: $62.31.

Next: SmartMoney's verdict
For our money, the best of the bunch was the one with the lowest prices, widest selection and friendliest service: BJ's.

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