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Costco vs. Sam's Club Credit, Sam's vs. Costco Club Coupons
Sam's vs. Costco Departments
At Sam's Club, the main departments are grocery, health and beauty, books, electronics and computers, pets, office supplies, clothing, toys and video games, and baby.
The departments at Costco are almost identical to those at Sam's Club and feature similar goods. One of the few differences we found is that Costco sells funeral supplies, including caskets, cremation urns, and pet cremation urns; Sam's Club is not in this line of business. Likewise, Costco offers wedding dresses at select locations and Sam's does not. Additionally, Costco seems to have a smaller selection in certain areas. At our Costco, there were five different toasters for sale compared with 18 at our local Sam's and 17 sets of luggage at Costco vs. 34 at Sam's.
Sam's vs. Costco Payment Methods.Paying for a full shopping cart can be tricky at wholesale clubs. Cash, check, and debit cards are often the only options. Sam's Club, however, stands out because it also accepts MasterCard and Discover credit cards. Costco takes only American Express credit cards. Both issue their own credit cards, which also can be used for payment.
Costco vs. Sam's Club Credit and Financial Services.The average shopper probably won't join Sam's or Costco to take advantage of the featured financial services, but these benefits are worth checking out. As with most large retailers these days, each superstore offers its own credit card. Additionally, Costco offers check printing; refinancing and online investing for individuals; and 401(k) plans, credit card processing, payroll services, and check printing for businesses. Sam's Club processes credit cards for businesses and arranges check printing and small business loans through partner banks.
Sam's vs. Costco Coupons and Extra Savings.Frugal shoppers look for any and every way to save a buck, and coupons equal extra savings. The only coupons Sam's Club offers are eValue coupons, which are available only to Advantage Plus and Business Plus members (as described above, they're loaded onto your membership card). Costco is the clear frontrunner here. For starters, we received Costco coupons in the mail enticing us to join the club the day before beginning our research. (Neither Costco nor Sam's Club was apprised of our plans or had any input into this report.) The coupons were mostly for in-store grocery items, but there were tire coupons and online coupons as well. When buying the membership, we asked about the coupons and were told members periodically receive coupons in the mail. And once you register online as a member, Costco sends emails with coupons for online savings.
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