Recently I was invited to attend an exclusive Holiday Blogger Tour preview event at a BJs Wholesale Club in Philadelphia. This was really exciting to me because it’s been many years since I’ve been a BJs member so I was curious to see what had changed and what great things were available at your local BJs Clubs these days.
When we were members years ago, we got great deals on meats and stocking up for entertaining and parties. I remember how much that came in handy to run to BJs and get all your party foods and BBQ items in bulk. We also stocked up on things like trash bags, cat litter and detergent and I remember BJs was great for that.
|Seasonal Aisle Items at BJs Wholesale Club|
At the recent holiday blogger tour we arrived at the BJs Wholesale Club located on Red Lion Road in Philadelphia and were immediately greeted and led on a tour of the club. We started in the seasonal isle which was was so exciting because I immediately saw all the great gifts and entertaining accessories not to mention the toys and presents for kids that were available to BJs members.
I think BJs holiday/seasonal selection is hard to beat – they have so much! Everything from kitchen essentials to decorations, from discounted gift cards and unique wrapping paper, and accessories, toys and more. When we were touring the aisles I was particularly struck by the selection of delicious goodies and treats that would be so much fun at any holiday gathering. I am definitely not leaving without these Belgian Chocolate Thins when I go to BJs for my holiday shopping soon.
|Lyndon Reede Belgian Chocolate Thins 3 Pack $10.99|
And if gift cards are on your to-get list this season, you can’t beat BJs for their selection of awesome gift cards that are discounted exclusively for BJs members. For example, get movie tickets at a 35% off savings. Or, iTunes gift cards multipacks for $5 off their regular price. These savings really add up when you’ve got lots to buy for this season.
|Discounted Movie Tickets at BJs Wholesale|
After the tour through the seasonal isle we made our way to the fresh produce and stopped to check out the awesome organic vegetables and fruits available. BJs had a surprising amount of organic produce selection plus fantastic natural household cleaners and more. I’ve even heard that BJs selection of organic and natural products is much larger than other local wholesale clubs so this is really great to know since I often try to buy organic if it’s not too much more expensive. And at BJs the prices are really great on organic produce, too.
Next we made our way to the butcher counter and seafood aisles and this is definitely one of the areas where I remember BJs was just incredible. Their selection of meats and cuts is not to be beat. I would join again just to have access to great meats at really reasonable prices especially when you can buy in bulk and portion them out for your family as needed. Plus, this holiday season, I know I’ll be checking out BJs for our Christmas entree selection since the regular stores are so high on these items and with fewer selections of cuts and choices. In fact, this year for our Christmas dinner we’re definitely having beef so I think I’m going to take advantage of their recent coupon for $15 off a whole beef tenderloin with the purchase of any five different qualifying holiday essentials items.
And if you’re a real coupon clipper then BJs is for you because BJs is the only wholesale club that takes both manufacturer’s coupons as well as their own coupons too. Score! The other really cool thing about BJs compared to other local wholesale clubs is that they take ALL forms of payment (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, Debit, and EBT). As you may know the other large local wholesale club in Philly does not do this and when we were members at that competitor’s club that was definitely something that irked me about not being able to use your regular payment options to check out.
|Handmade Gift Tags 60 ct. $8.99|
If you’ve been thinking about joining BJs but weren’t quite sure, now is a great time to join because Groupon is actually offering a fabulous deal on a BJs membership of just $35 (includes a one year membership PLUS a $25 gift card woohoo!). To get this Groupon you should act quickly by going to the link here. Or, you can even use one of their Free 60 Day Trial Memberships if you really aren’t sure you want to commit. But trust me, once you go I have a feeling you won’t be disappointed and you’re going to want to be a member for more than just two months.
And this weekend BJs is hosting their first ever Holiday Cha-Ching event giving members the opportunity to save BIG on all their holiday needs. Each shopper is provided with a special savings sheet with high-value coupons offering an additional $35 on top of already great prices. Stop in today to get your savings sheet valid through 12/24.
Do you shop at BJs? If so, I’d love to hear about your favorite BJs products or the best deals and family essential item you get at BJs are so I know what cool items to look for when I get to go shopping with my newly purchased BJs membership this holiday season!
Disclosure: BJs Wholesale provided me and my fellow bloggers with a lovely holiday luncheon complete with beautiful table-scape ideas and foods perfect for holiday entertaining. They also very generously provided each blogger with a $50 BJs gift card and a fun reusable shopping bag filled with select products like an awesome slate cheeseboard for just $17.99 or super adorable 60 count handmade gift tags for just $8.99. As always, all opinions expressed about big savings and super selection being awesome are our own. Thank you BJs! I’m so glad I got to know you again and can’t wait to use my new membership I just purchased.