Do You Use Online Discount Sites and Warehouse Clubs to Save Money?

Like one in twelve Americans, I have diabetes. Like many of you, money is tight right now for our family. So when our new insurance refused to pay for the whole number of test strips I go through in a day, I started shopping around for the best out-of-pocket deal.

A lady on a diabetes forum told me about American Diabetes Wholesale, which sells 200 test strips for $52 and throws in the meter free. (It’s an Infopia Element Autocode if you’re interested.) This is by far the cheapest price I found, though it’s much more than purchasing with insurance.

But medical supplies aren’t the only deals out there. According to the December 2011 issue of ShopSmart magazine, (a sister publication to Consumer Reports), you can save up to 55 percent by shopping at warehouse clubs. The secret, they report, is to know which items are super savings and which aren’t.

Some of the best deals at Sam’s Club and Costco, for example, included batteries, Kleenex, and Cheerios, while toilet paper wasn’t such a good deal. (A BBB blog in February cited Costco as getting the best feedback from consumers on shopping experiences as well.)

Advice from AARP Magazine is to remember that items used daily are the most likely to be sold at a deep discount everywhere, including supermarkets and discount stores. Internet superstores referenced in that article include, and

Remember to Start with Trust by checking business reviews, especially for online businesses, at sale2 150x150 Do You Use Online Discount Sites and Warehouse Clubs to Save Money?

And, there’s always freecycling. Of course I can’t do that with medical supplies (nor would I want to!) But search in your area to see what kinds of items are being given—rather than thrown—away. Or, you may have something to share.

Do you shop for bulk supplies online, at a warehouse club, or freecycle? Any favorite sites or tips to pass on?

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About Holly Doering

Holly Doering has worked for the Better Business Bureau Serving Eastern Washington, North Idaho, and Montana for half a decade. Her areas of expertise include the CORE Values Program (Character, Optimism, Respect, Ethics) for Teens and Charity Review as well as writing and editing. Prior to that, she has written for two newspapers, a local magazine, and taught English at the community college. She is the proud author of a short story in ZYZZYVA literary magazine and has had good luck publishing lots of poetry. Each year she rolls up her sleeves and wades into the autumn Nanowrimo writing madness and has several unfinished novels to her credit.