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Oct 5, 2007 07:17 PM

Great Food Buys At BJ's Wholesale Club

Tyson (individually packaged) flash frozen boneless,skinless chicken breasts
(in a large bag...something like $15.00, and they are huge chicken breasts with no hormones, no fat, and taste great)

A 5 lb. bag of shelled walnuts for something like $8.00

A 5 lb. bag of whole green beans that almost taste like fresh...$5.50

A large bag of Pink Lady apples for about $6.00
(they are around $2.50 a pound at my local grocery stores here in CT)

A very large bottle of (real) Vanilla....$13.00
(the bottle is almost 14 oz)

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  1. As a vegetarian, I love their big bags of veggie burgers -- they are cheaper than anywhere else.

    They also have great deals on yogurt.

    I also love their big bags of chocolate chips.

    Their book section also has some interesting cookbooks. I got a Julia Child book their for pretty cheap.

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    1. re: adventuresinbaking

      I just love their
      Rotisserie chicken.

      Even though it's Perdue, which I don't really like, BJs can cook that thing up to a delicious juicy flavorful meal.
      I also like that I can buy

      Baby Bell light cheese.

      Great for the lunch boxes.

      1. re: Mayflour

        Sabra hummus in a tub three times the size of the supermarket one for less than twice the price... mmm! and triple packs of laughing cow.

        1. re: Kajikit

          I think we got a quadruple pack of laughing cow light at BJs!

          1. re: Bob W

            The Ling Ling potstickers with Yoshida's sauce (purchase separate). Just boil and dip. They are delicious!

          2. re: Kajikit

            But sadly they don't have the sabra in the supremely spicy.

        2. re: adventuresinbaking

          2 pounds of bread yeast for about $5! Awesomely cheap.

        3. Just impulse-bought the 2lb box of multigrain-crusted tilapia fillets... YUM. I can't remember how much it cost but they were well worth it!

          YoBaby whole-milk yogurt for my son... four 4-packs for $8 (vs. $3 each at the grocery store)

          Breakstone cottage cheese, two 4-packs for $5 (vs. $4 each at the grocery store)

          A 2lb tube of organic ground beef (I think 85% lean) for $7 (vs. more than $4/lb at the grocery store)

          1. The Costco business membership is up to $53.50 in NJ; what does a BJ's membership card go for these days?

            I haven't shopped there in years but I do recall enjoying the experience when I worked near one years ago.

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            1. re: HillJ

              I think BJ's is a little less than that, maybe $40 plus tax? Their customer service is not as good as Costco's, at least not at our club, but they carry stuff we use and can buy in bulk. With their acceptance of manufacturer's coupons, the BJ's membership basically pays for itself. We only keep up our Costco membership too because we have a card on my dad's business membership, so it's only $10 or so.

              1. re: truman

                Really @ Costco $10 on your dad's? I have a business account @ Costco too; that entitles my spouse to one free card but any employees cost $45 (recently increased to $50) plus tax here in NJ. Costco has there own coupon/deal circular that arrives in my mail but I did not know that BJ's accepts manf. coupons. Thanks for letting me know.

                1. re: HillJ

                  BJ's also has their own coupon books (and coupon flyers at the entrance), and you can combine one of their coupons and a manufacturer's coupon on the same purchase. Also, if you buy a multi-pack of something with multiple items and UPCs (such as a 2 pack of pasta sauce, as opposed to a single big box of cereal), you can use one manufacturer's coupon PER separate item.

                  BTW BJ's additional card for business members is only $20, but you don't get the free spouse card.

                  1. re: MisterBill2

                    MisterBill2, I opened a BJ's account recently. I'm going to use it for all of 2012 and see how I make out.

                    1. re: HillJ

                      I was shopping at BJ's yesterday and bought items that I would not buy elsewhere, if I could even find them, because of the markup in grocery chains. I am glad for their offerings for sale: Rocquefort, Isgny Brie, RW Garcia organic chips, organic edamame. I bought salted cod which I haven't in years because it looked 'that' good. This is the second time I've bought kale here.

                      There is no reason in our family of two why we cannot eat as cheaply good products. .

                      1. re: Rella

                        Thanks, Rella. Good to know. What sold me on a membership was portion packaging. BJ's guest pass day, I really took a long look at the portion sizes and I like the way meats, poultry are packaged there.

                        1. re: Rella

                          They have some nice cheeses. I'm usually pleasantly surprised.

                          I save at least $100 getting my annual fill of contact lens there, so I'm ahead of the game before I even start.

                          Cheapest cat litter around, if you need any, their brand. Works as well or better than any other. $8.99 for 40 lb.

                          Their 2 lb bags of nuts or dried fruits can't be beat, they are fresh and cheap as they get. Also all their assorted snack versions, they're not quite as good a deal though.

                          I'm glad they have the restaurant size jars of spices since I'm not in the business anymore, not as cheap as elsewhere but at least you can get them.

                  2. re: truman

                    No, as a Costco business member, there are no $10 card options. Primary card and household card are $50 or $100 (regular business or executive business); each additional card with complimentary household card is $40.

                    1. re: truman

                      LOL, maybe my dad "exaggerated" (he paid for our card)! We'll have to rethink that when it's time for renewal, since we definitely don't shop at Costco enough to justify a $40+ membership fee.

                      I just checked - BJ's membership is $50 (individual or business).

                  3. Season Skinless and Boneless Sardines in Olive Oil

                    By far the least expensive place to buy these little gems.

                    1. BJs is my go to spot during bbq season. Best deals around on big cuts like brisket, pork butt, and lots and lots of chicken. Good price for charcoal, aluminum drip pans, bulk spices and all the other accessories.

                      Usually pick up dog and cat food there as well.

                      We stopped going for a while as stopping there to save money on dog food typically led to several thousand dollars of impulse bulk buying each trip. We now adhere strictly to a list, and are usually able to stick pretty closely to it.