NEW YORK (3/10/15)--Buying in bulk: It's a no brainer, right?
If you can afford to do it, and the product is something you're going to use and have room to store, it makes sense to buy a lot of it at a steep discount. This is why warehouse clubs like Costco and Sam's Club are popular.
Last year, for instance, an extensive survey by Consumer Reports found that products as disparate as bacon, car batteries, coffeemakers, ice cream and laundry detergent are some of the best deals at Costco.
But while warehouse clubs can offer great deals, not everything is (MarketWatch March 5). Here are some products to consider buying elsewhere.
Additionally, Consumer Reports makes the point that even if a discount warehouse has the lowest price, the product may not be of sufficient quality to make the savings worth it. The consumer review publication found that some of the Costco mattresses, gas grills, gel dishwasher detergents, facial tissue and toilet paper were not up to par.
For related information, read "Ironclad Couponing: Right Coupon, Right Store, Right Time" and "Is This Still Good? What Those Dates on Food Really Mean" in the Home & Family Finance Resource Center.