3 Reasons to Ditch Your Costco Membership
Sam's Club, too.
We know, we know, the free samples. But with a new wave of online-only retailers, you may not be saving much with your Costco membership between regular shopping trips — think of all that gas money alone! — and the annual member fee. Whether you've made a New Year's resolution to be more budget-savvy or are simply looking for the best place to buy fruit-flavored gummies for a bargain, here are three stellar choices.
With free shipping on orders over $35 and no membership fee, you can power through your shopping without pesky annual fees or shipping charges (on qualifying purchases). Items on Jet.com range from party and household supplies to groceries and pet essentials. To pass along savings to the customer, Jet uses "smart cart" technology, which increases your savings as you add more items to your virtual checkout cart. There's also a designated deals page that gets regularly updated across categories like electronics, appliances (hello, discounted KitchenAid stand mixer), fashion, and more.
All sound great but missing your Kirkland Signature finds? Jet's private label brand, Uniquely J, has a wide selection of goodies that will satisfy your sparkling water, paper towels, roasted cashews, dish soap, and barbecue sauce needs. Bonus: The site offers free returns.
Perhaps you recall hearing of Brandless.com as the buzzy site that peddles skincare products for only $3. You'd be correct. But the hot e-commerce company does a lot more. With 350 products in their lineup and rapidly growing, Brandless.com sells high-quality, everyday essentials like facial cleanser, coffee, surface cleaning wipes, peanut butter, stationery sets (you've written those holiday thank you notes, right?), oven mitts, and the like for — you guessed it — $3. Even better? Each time you check out on the site, Brandless donates a meal to someone in need through Feeding America.
There's no membership required and free shipping is provided on orders over $39, or you can splurge to become a B.More member for $36 a year to get free shipping on all your orders. (For B.More members, donated meals are doubled with each checkout, and 10 meals are donated upon signing up.)
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Accoding to a company rep, many of the items on Boxed.com compare favorably price-wise to those sold at Costco. The popular online wholesaler sells giant-sized grocery, bath, babies, kids, pets, and cleaning products, including its in-house line Prince & Spring, which is comprised of an impressive array of home, work, and everyday essentials. Shipping comes free on your first order and orders over $49, and Boxed Up (the company's rewards program which comes with a variety of perks like 2% cash rewards for a $49 annual fee) members always get free priority shipping for orders over $19.99.
Did we mention Prince & Spring's Fruitmojis snacks are our afternoon go-to? Thank heavens we don't need to navigate rush-hour traffic and a busy parking lot to procure them.