10 Things to Splurge on at Costco and Sam's Club
People tend to join Costco or Sam’s Club to save money on bulk sizes of products they would be buying anyway. But many warehouse club shoppers repeatedly find themselves splurging on something out of the ordinary, maybe justifying the purchase by telling themselves it’s a deal. Costco, in particular, is known for its "treasure hunt" strategy of tempting customers with a constant rotation of nonessential items around every corner. Still, many of those purchases could be considered worthy, given warehouse club savings. Here are 10 things consumers don't have to feel too guilty about putting in their oversize carts.
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Wine is often a good deal at Costco and Sam’s Club. Some high-end wines are distributed under warehouse club labels for much lower prices when a vintner has a surplus -- and why should a wine lover pass up a great find when it presents itself? The flow of fine wines at Costco has been written up in such places as The Wall Street Journal and Money magazine, and there’s an independent blog devoted to the amazing stuff that pops up. CostcoWineBlog.com recently featured a 2013 Kirkland Signature Series Oakville cabernet sauvignon for $19 -- not a cheap wine but worth twice the price, the reviewer says.
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A vacation is a luxury, no doubt about it, but feel better about the expense when booking through Costco. The warehouse store is known for its travel benefits, from all-inclusive resorts and vacation packages to cruises and theme park tickets. For example, taking a week off in the Dominican Republic at an all-inclusive Punta Cana resort can cost as little as $2,667 for two adults in October -- including flights. Booking travel through a warehouse club can also bring perks on rental cars and stays at partner hotels.
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