Sam’s Club v. Costco: Which is Better for You?

We all love buying in bulk.  Save money, save time, and stock up! But with bulk buying comes the heated debate: Sam’s Club v. Costco.

It can be hard to choose…Costco or Sam’s Club?

So, we researched it all: prescriptions, eye glasses, tires, services, membership fees and more. We are here to give you the facts so you can make an educated decision on where to shop!

Sam's Club v Costco

Sam’s Club v. Costco: The Great Debate

We’ve got all the info you need to solve the great debate…Sam’s Club or Costco, which is better?

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Costco Membership Price

Costco has two membership options for personal use. The Gold Star card is $60.00 annually and gives you access to shop at their warehouse stores.  The Gold Star Executive Card is $120.00 annually and gives you the benefits of the Gold Star card as well as other discounts like an annual 2% rewards on eligible Costco and Costco Travel purchases.

Costco Return Policy

Costco: Return merchandise at the returns counter at any Costco warehouse. With some exceptions on item like electronic and alcohol, every product is satisfaction guaranteed for a full refund.

Costco Pharmacy

Prescriptions can be delivered to you.  In addition to managing prescriptions online, you can also from a Medicare Plan. Costco also offers medication for pets.

Costco Eye Center

Costco: Carries a wide range of contact lenses, designer frames, sunglasses and high-definition lenses, now including Universal Fit frames.

Costco Tire Center & Auto

Costco: Frequently offers deals on sets of four tires.  Also carries wheels, batteries, car accessories, car electronics, oil, washes, waxes, garage tools, and more. Costco also has auto program where you can purchase vehicles.

Costco Gas

Costco uses Top Tier Fuel at its pumps, which is recommended by dealerships and manufacturers. Their stations are designed for traffic flow. You can even fill your tank from either side of your car. Every Costco gas station has a safety‐certified attendant on‐site. The stations are open to members only and claim to have competitive pricing.

Costco Locations

There are 5 Costco locations in the metro. If you live in Lee’s Summit area or near the Legends, there may not be a location near you. However, there are locations in Kansas City, Lenexa, Overland Park & Independence. 

Costco Food Court

The food court offers quick eats like pizza and hotdogs at extremely low prices.  You used to be able to eat at Costco’s food court without a membership, but that has changed.  Patrons now must show membership to eat or buy food from food court.

Other Costco Services

The warehouse also provides business phone services, bottled water delivery, business health insurance, home and auto insurance, business and personal checks, custom logo products, dental plans, identity protection, life insurance, mortgage purchasing and refinancing, payment processing, RVs, vision insurance, Budget truck rental, business printing, and Costco Travel.


Sam’s Club:

If you want a Sam’s Club membership, Groupon is having a deal where it is 62% OFF & includes a gift card!

Sam’s Club Membership Cost

Sam’s Club has two membership options.  Sam’s Club Member card is $45.00 annually and a Sam’s Plus card is $100.00 annually.  Sam’s Plus cost more, but is a better value based on its rewards like free shipping, early shopping hours, gas discounts, Sam’s Club Mastercard, free select prescriptions, discounts on glasses, complimentary card, free flat tire repair, and free battery testing.

Sam’s Club Return Policy

Return to a location with receipt for immediate refund.  You can also make returns online and through mail.

Sam’s Club Pharmacy

You can manage prescriptions online and also buy pet medication. With a Sam’s Plus card, members can receive five free select generic prescriptions and 600+ generics for $10 or less.

Sam’s Club Optical Department

Offers contact solutions, eyedrops, sunglasses, frames, and reading glasses.  Plus members get special discounts like 20% off a complete pair and free shipping on contacts.

Sam’s Club Tires

Guarantees the best “all-in” prices for tires, or they’ll match it. All-in tire installation includes 24-hour roadside tire service, road hazard protection, waste tire disposal, and lifetime tire rotation, balance, and flat repair.  Sam’s also has an auto buying program with competitive pricing.

Sam’s Club Gas

Sam’s Club sells gas to members only, so the pumps will always reflect the member discounted price. The standard fuel center hours are 6am—9pm Monday to Saturday and 9am—7pm on Sunday. Yelp users claim Sam’s Club fuel is always a cheaper option compared to normal gas stations.

Sam’s Club Locations

There are 7 Sam’s Club locations around the Kansas City metro. Their locations are definitely more spread out – Kansas City (MO & KS), Overland Park, Independence, Raymore & Lenexa. 

Other Sam’s Club Services

Sam’s Club: Sam’s also offers same day grocery delivery, accounting and tax services, business payment solutions, club pickup, home improvement, smart home security, pest control, payroll services, identity theft protection, check printing, health screenings, and hearing aids.


Sam’s Club v. Costco: Who Wins?

Based on the comparisons between the two wholesale clubs…

No matter which option you choose, you will be saving money by buying in bulk!

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