When You Should Decide To Stop Shopping At Costco

Signals it's time to cancel your Costco membership include if you find yourself having to make trips to multiple stores because Costco doesn't have what you need and if bulk shopping doesn't suit your small household.

By Tori Hook | Published

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Warehouse retailer Costco is one of the country’s most popular shopping stops. With everything from chicken thighs to clothes to household décor, Costco often makes news for its wide selection of goods and its hard-to-beat bulk prices. But, according to Finance Buzz, it may not be worth the membership for many consumers, who find that other stores provide better options for their lifestyles.

Costco’s popularity may be its downfall for many customers, who find that the stores are just too busy, causing stock on popular items to be spotty and lines to be frustratingly long. Shopping on slow days or at less popular times may help to alleviate the stress of the crowds. If you find the shopping experience to be more stressful than it’s worth, though, it might be time to cancel your membership and shop elsewhere.

Despite Costco’s ubiquity across the country, there’s also a chance that you may not have a Costco nearby. Though Costco does offer shipping through the online ordering platform, there may be other bulk retailers nearby that offer a more convenient shopping experience. Sam’s Club and BJ’s Wholesale Club both offer similar perks and are even preferred by many consumers, in which case it may be worth your time to cancel the Costco membership and switch to an alternative.

Many consumers find themselves going to multiple grocery stores each week, but an extra shopping trip can be a real hassle. Costco may not have much of what you need, forcing you to add more grocery runs to your already busy schedule. While the savings are tempting, consider the time and effort you’re spending by making a trip to a place that has only a few items you need—is it worth it?

While bulk shopping is a great option for large families or those with lots of storage space, it may not be the best option for small households or apartment living. Bulk items take up a lot of space, and some homes just don’t have the extra room in their pantries or freezers. And if you’re shopping for only one or two people, there’s also a chance that items will expire before you get the chance to use them—a traditional grocery store might be a better option for you than Costco.

Many people shop at Costco because it’s cheaper to buy in bulk than it is to shop at a traditional retailer. But bulk shopping can be deceiving; it’s easy to buy more than you need and excuse the expenditure because you’re getting more bang for your buck. Low prices can backfire by convincing you to purchase things you usually wouldn’t, essentially canceling out any savings bulk shopping would provide.

 At the end of the day, shopping at Costco is all about saving, and it’s a great way to do so for many families across the country. However, for others, a Costco membership may not be worth the cost. Before renewing your membership, make sure Costco is right for you—you might save bigger with another retailer!