Buying Clubs — What Are Buying Clubs?
Buying clubs are groups of people who combine their buying power and labor to qualify to buy groceries at wholesale prices. The most obvious alternative to buying clubs is coupons.
You of course can do both. After all, both ways do cut costs on more than just groceries. And, the idea of both coupons and buying clubs is to save you money.
Buying clubs primarily concentrate on saving money on groceries. Members of a buying club share the work and expenses involved in acquiring and distributing the food to their group. If members did not share, there would not be a buying club for long.
Generally speaking the successful buying clubs have each member assigned to a specific task. They aren’t forced to do this same task week after week. The tasks are distributed to those who can do them as needed.
By having each member contribute, the buying clubs benefit from the skills and talents of the group. This means the individuals aren’t overburdened with tasks.
OK, so buying clubs increase people’s purchasing power. Does that make a difference in the monthly food budget?
If a recent Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Expenditure Survey is correct, the average American family spends $537 per month on food — $312 directly on groceries. Buying clubs aficionados report they have lowered their bills by anywhere from $200 to $350 a month by being a member of a buying club.
Wholesalers are not in the business of giving away their merchandise. In order to buy at wholesale prices, consumers have to meet a minimum threshold. Current reports say that dollar amount is $350.
We’d all agree that in this day and age, $350 probably isn’t a problem for a family of four. But that $350 isn’t for the month. It is per trip to the wholesale outlet.
Everyone is about saving money and buying clubs seem to meet that need. It would seem you could save the most money on bulk items like pasta and flour and toiletries. Of course the items depend on the buying clubs members. These items are just examples.
The number of members seems to be a question. It would seem you would want enough to be sure you could spread out the chores evenly. For example, one person collects the money and does the purchasing.
When they arrive home, someone helps them divide the groceries into each family’s share. Maybe another person delivers the groceries to the other families. These jobs rotate as mentioned above.
Buying clubs offer real savings. Expressed in percent it could be 20 percent to 25 percent. That means for every one hundred dollars you save twenty to twenty five dollars. That stretches the buying power of buying clubs.
Remember, you are buying the food you want and not the food that comes with coupons. Vegetables are a good example. You don’t see coupons for vegetables. But, you eat them. Being a member of a buying club has a built in discount where you can’t get a discount on vegetables in the first place.
Natural and organic foods and milk are other examples of how buying clubs give you a built in discount where no coupon ever will. Coupons have their place and buying clubs have their place. All you have to do is decide which one fits your needs the best.
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