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daleswife
06-23-2009, 12:22 PM
Is it worth it? We are a family of 4 and we were there this past weekend and it seems like it would be worth it for my family to join to get food and stuff we use a lot of. Anyone have anything to say about it????

CowboyCO
06-23-2009, 12:32 PM
I can save you money, but you have to watch it and compare to sale prices at your local grocery store. For example, we almost never buy canned goods at Sam's because we usually find a lower price (eventually) on sale at Safeway or King Soopers and we stock up then. Cereal is not cheaper, either. The other thing to look at is whether you would use the quantity they are selling in a timely manner. I use foil a lot in cooking, so the 2500 square feet of foil at Sam's for $15 gets used up in 6 months or so. Wax paper? Not so much -- it would take me years to use that much. We buy dairy, juice, frozen foods, OTC drugs, paper products, and household items at Sam's. We always look for tires there also, but their inventory changes and they don't always have what I need.

When the kids were little, we always bought diapers and wipes there. You just have to be a smart shopper to make it worth it.

daleswife
06-23-2009, 01:31 PM
The grocery store thing is what i do now with walmart. However, it is at least an hour to our nearest walmart and grocery store. and sams is usually right there...

paladin
06-23-2009, 01:54 PM
We have found it to be worth it for a few things - coffee, bottled water, bar soap, lotion, energy bars, bags of candy (my DH takes these into the office for the communal candy bar - no way would I keep it at home; too much temptation :lmao:), string cheese. These are the ones that we get most frequently.

Some of the things are a major difference (the string cheese is half the price of my grocery store).

We have found it to certainly be worth the yearly cost.

Dancemom03
06-23-2009, 02:16 PM
Sam's pharmacy is considerably cheaper than walmart, which I find ironic b/c they're the same company. WM wouldn't meet Sam's pharmacy prices either but would match anybody else.
If you have prescriptions that cost you more than a low co-pay, that might be an unexpected savings there. DH has ordered eyeglasses at Sam's too and found them to be a good deal.

When I need tires, I usually get them at Sam's - they're less expensive there and the auto service techs have been very nice...:thumbsup2

BigLoveSTink
06-23-2009, 02:28 PM
Do you need a lifetime supply of pickles, hotdogs, or diapers? Then you should jopin Sam's. Otherwise use coupons at regular stores.

andrews_dad
06-23-2009, 03:37 PM
Been a member of Sam's for years.

Sam's does NOT take coupons. Other warehouse places do.

Great prices on ready-to-eat roasted chickens, doritos/chips, paper products, coffee, candy, etc. Not great prices on soda at all. Not great selection. For instance, the kid and I both like to eat gushers. The sam's Gushers are in a huge multi-pack packaged with Fruit by the foot (which we don't like as much). It is a give and take.

Use Sam's Gas .. usually 2-4 cents cheaper and slightly higher grade than Sheetz.

Jsme
06-23-2009, 03:39 PM
I have a Sam's and a Costco memebership. I love mine but not sure if I truly get my money's worth. We just do not go often. Heck I have not been to Costco's in months but I sure like the option of going to both.

Letsbgoofy
06-23-2009, 03:45 PM
Sams has had the best prices on fresh fruit and vegetables (in our area) for about 2 years now. It's also fresh :) I also like their meat, books, bottlesd water and cheese prices.

I agree that you have to know your prices at the grocery store - some things are definitely NOT a good deal (canned goods come to mind).

PinkRhombus
06-23-2009, 04:53 PM
It's not worth joining just for giant packs of cereal or green beans. But their produce and meats can't be beat.

I'm enjoying these AWESOME black grapes, strawberries and avocado's from there this week.

MMMM.

Love to look through the jewlery counter!

KirstenB
06-23-2009, 05:06 PM
I buy their fruit (great prices, especially if you have kids, and have to pack stuff for their lunches), shredded and block cheese, soymilk, spaghetti sauce, laundry detergent, batteries, snacks, breakfast bars, go-gurts, dryer sheets, 3-packs of DiGiorno pizza, and will buy their bakery goods for parties (giant packs of brownies, or cookies, for under $6). Also, if you have to make up a sandwich tray for some type of gathering, they have very inexpensive croissants and deli meats.

MSSANDRA
06-23-2009, 06:08 PM
We save on tide, scott tissue, swifters, batteries, garbage bags, ink for the computer, fiber bars, over the counter meds and vitamins, some hygine prooducts and some fresh dairly/produce. If I am having a party I save a lot on bread meat, chips etc. Contacts are cheaper, and you can often find really neat holliday items. We like the pizza and roasted chicken.

We get our money's worth.

moniot
06-23-2009, 06:34 PM
We are a family of 4 also and have shopped Sam's for years!!!! I love Sam's. We don't have any great grocery stores around that double coupons and almost all are owned by the same chain so not to much competition.

I shop Wal-Mart and Sam's. Thats it. I have gotten great deals on OTC meds, candy when needed, pasta, spaghetti sauce, steak sauce, coffee, frozen veggies, dairy (milk and cheese and sour cream and marg.) Cereal is hit and miss, Meat is always great. Fruits and veggies, Iams dog food (large breed) laundry soap, dish soap, dishwasher soap, office supplies. Most the stuff you buy has a long shelf life or can be frozen and I just plan my meals to use stuff up.

I download my photos online and pick them up when I shop.

My favorite is Sam's Click and Pull. Send you order in online and with in 24 hours it is ready for you to pick up. Super easy and a great time saver. Wish Walmart would offer that.

Another idea. If you have friends or family in the area you can share a membership. Either shop together and/or split the larger sizes.

summerrluvv
06-23-2009, 07:25 PM
Sam's has a Summer membership for a discounted price. I want to say it was $10 or $12. At least the one around here. You might want to ask yours.

CajunDixie
06-23-2009, 08:23 PM
Ours is located about 45 minutes away but it saves us quite a bit on the cost of contacts for DS and I. Our savings on one box alone "pays" for our gas to go down there and anything else we save is icing on the cake.

JB2K
06-25-2009, 03:29 PM
Been a member of Sam's for years.

Sam's does NOT take coupons. Other warehouse places do.

Incorrect - Costco also does not accept manufacturer's coupons (I am told BJ's on the East Coast does, however).

Great prices on ready-to-eat roasted chickens, doritos/chips, paper products, coffee, candy, etc. Not great prices on soda at all. Not great selection. For instance, the kid and I both like to eat gushers. The sam's Gushers are in a huge multi-pack packaged with Fruit by the foot (which we don't like as much). It is a give and take.

Use Sam's Gas .. usually 2-4 cents cheaper and slightly higher grade than Sheetz.

None of the warehouse clubs have what I consider to be "great" prices on soda -- best to check-out the Sunday ads

The gas, however, is indeed better-priced than the local competition.

Sandy321
06-25-2009, 03:59 PM
We joined when I found out the cost of a gallon of milk at a grocery store vs Sam's price, I figured the savings would pay for a membership in 6 months (it was a long time ago btw )

I only buy things at Sam's that I know to be a bargain - so I watch the grocery store flyers and make a list!

I went out of town for a week, and made dh buy a gallon of milk and a loaf of bread on his way home - he was in shock!! "$3 for a loaf of bread? At Sam's we get 2 loaves for that price - I'm spoiled now" (I dont think that loaf of bread was $3 maybe $2.59, but he bought the name brand we get at Sam's! lol when I have to I will buy the storebrand sale loaf of bread if need be!)

Sam's also has a generic gallon of OJ for $3!! and I save on fruit juices...

Lunch meat I found thru reading the flyers that one store here Garden Fresh - sells lunch meat (name brand Sara Lee Bobak's) REALLY CHEAP! $2.99 for one POUND of ham!! or a pound of cheese!! I now go to that store once a week for lunch meats and cheeses!!

BuzzPrincessMom
09-08-2009, 09:06 PM
I know this thread is old and I hope it comes up so someone can answer this question.

I am thinking of a Sam' Membership for mainly gas. I have a BJs membership, but they don't have a gas station at mine. So we are thinking of joining Sam's too.

BJs accepts coupons and often sends out their own coupons that they let you layer manufacturer coupons on top of these BJs coupons.

Does Sam's ever send out their own coupons. I know they don't accept manufacturer coupons.

mombare
09-08-2009, 09:58 PM
We have been members at Sam's for many, many years and I have never seen Sam's coupons. We also don't have gas at ours, but it sounds spectacular! We absolutely love our Sam's membership....but it is the only "warehouse" store in our area, and none of our grocery stores (HyVee, Cub, Walmart, Target) double coupons. Sam's is a great value for us, sometimes even on canned goods when compared to the other places.

sherry7
09-08-2009, 10:01 PM
I know this thread is old and I hope it comes up so someone can answer this question.

I am thinking of a Sam' Membership for mainly gas. I have a BJs membership, but they don't have a gas station at mine. So we are thinking of joining Sam's too.

BJs accepts coupons and often sends out their own coupons that they let you layer manufacturer coupons on top of these BJs coupons.

Does Sam's ever send out their own coupons. I know they don't accept manufacturer coupons.

Regular gasoline is typically 5 to 6 cents cheaper than the other stations. I have to use premium, which is typically about 15 to 17 cents cheaper...which really adds up over time.

Sam's does not send out coupons. They do have a Plus membership ($100 compared to the normal $40 membership) where you get targeted coupons when you scan your card at the kiosk in the store. I just upgraded my membership to that, but after reviewing it, I don't think it's worth it (for me, anyway), so I'll probably downgrade it again.

You can go to Sam's and look around...just ask at the front. You can't buy anything, but at least you can get a feel for the store.

I get great prices on meat there. A couple of days ago they had whole boneless pork loins for $1.34 lb. They were big (10-15 lbs) but the butcher will slice them to order if you ask. Where else can you get boneless pork chops that inexpensive? :thumbsup2

jackskellingtonsgirl
09-09-2009, 01:01 PM
We are only a family of 3, and we don't have space to store a lot of extras. Having said that, we still get a lot of use from our membership.

We buy milk, bulk ground coffee, quarts of half & half, rotisserie chickens, etc. and it really is much less expensive than the grocery. DH drinks obscene amounts of soda (cans and 2 liter bottles) so we buy that at Sam's, too. They also have good prices on huge packs of things like AA batteries.

We also fill all of our prescriptions at Sam's. :)

edandcolleen1995
09-09-2009, 01:31 PM
Do you need a lifetime supply of pickles, hotdogs, or diapers? Then you should jopin Sam's. Otherwise use coupons at regular stores.

Hardly..

We use Sam's for great deals on their meat, chicken, bottle water, OJ, milk and other staples. Plus some great prices for golf shirts (my husband is business casual for his job).

We track it and saved almost $800 last year with the membership from buying there vs the Walmart (cheapest option) next to it.

The starting price for places like Shop Rite, Stop and Shop etc are SO much higher that even with coupons and stuff, it does not reach the level of Sam's Club. Plus you have the time sink invested in hunting down coupons.

ceecee
09-09-2009, 01:54 PM
I get bottled water and Fruit 2o, Chickens and some other things. As far as saving $, I do better with coupons and sales. Sam's have veggie and fruit trays a lot cheaper than the grocery as well. Cereal,Tide and cleaning products not a savings at all and sometimes even more.

BuzzPrincessMom
09-09-2009, 02:28 PM
Thanks everyone, I am a BJs member, just renewed. I do great at BJs since they give out coupons and let you layer manufacturers. We are thinking of joining Sam's solely for the gas. There is no BJs close that has a gas station.

But I was wondering if there was anything there people think is a great deal. Anyone compare BJs prices to Sam's. See for me there is no difference in mileage to go as they are within 1 mile of each other.

Do they have great gifts and toys at Christmas? What is there return policy?

JB2K
09-09-2009, 02:47 PM
Sam's pharmacy is considerably cheaper than walmart, which I find ironic b/c they're the same company. WM wouldn't meet Sam's pharmacy prices either but would match anybody else.

Even though WM and Sam's have the same parent company, both are pretty much run as seperate entities (and in recent years, you really have to read between the lines to see the relationship between the two).

As for price-matching, none of the big retailers (WM, Target) will ever match Sam's or Costco, because those are "members only" stores that are not otherwise accessible to the general public.

My take on Sam's? If they sell gas in your local area, that alone may be reason enough to try 'em for a year (gas prices are about a nickel a gallon cheaper than other major brands).

In fact, buying gas at Sam's Club will play heavily in my 1,000-mile drive to WDW, come next week (I did the reasearch, and they're easily accessible along my planned route).

andrews_dad
09-09-2009, 02:49 PM
Great deals on meat, fruit, veggies, chips, cereal, Propel, water, etc. Good deals on electronics, mattresses, furniture, tires, toys. Ok deals on video games, books, magazines, clothing, etc. Not great deals on canned foods and soda. Go in and look around and chose for yourself, IMO.

Best Aunt
09-09-2009, 04:36 PM
I LOVE their white cake with buttercream frosting. It doesn't come in a small size, but if your group will be large enough, it's yummy.

Their rotisserie chicken is good - best in town.

Did I mention the cake?

minnie1012
09-09-2009, 07:45 PM
Years ago when I first joined I thought they had really good prices but now not so much. You really have to know your prices and sizes of things to know if you are getting a good deal.

Water is a good deal, some wine, beer, some fruits and veggies and some other stuff. Mine is usually very crowded and has long lines. I did see a coupon in a magazine recently for a free one day membership. Maybe you can try it out and see what you think before you join?

I really like BJ's I think their prices are better and you can use coupons. The closest one is about 30 minutes where Sam's is 10 minutes so that is why we stay with Sam's.

mombare
09-09-2009, 08:28 PM
I LOVE their white cake with buttercream frosting. It doesn't come in a small size, but if your group will be large enough, it's yummy.

Their rotisserie chicken is good - best in town.

Did I mention the cake?

OMG!! The cake at Sam's Club is the absolute best!!! We do use our membership a lot for other stuff, but we have not BJ's. I would seriously buy the membership just for the cake! :lmao: (although we like marble with whipped frosting - best when chilled)

Our best deals are meat bought in bulk and frozen in more appropriate portions, liquid Downy (specific scent due to allergies), gummy vitamins, fruit, veggies, milk, cake, bread, clothes, and some Christmas presents (although don't shop early because the prices drop as the "season" progresses).

BuzzPrincessMom
09-09-2009, 09:33 PM
OMG!! The cake at Sam's Club is the absolute best!!! We do use our membership a lot for other stuff, but we have not BJ's. I would seriously buy the membership just for the cake! :lmao: (although we like marble with whipped frosting - best when chilled)

Our best deals are meat bought in bulk and frozen in more appropriate portions, liquid Downy (specific scent due to allergies), gummy vitamins, fruit, veggies, milk, cake, bread, clothes, and some Christmas presents (although don't shop early because the prices drop as the "season" progresses).

Great tips (especially the dropping prices!) Thank you anymore?
Do they have their own brand of things (BJs has Berkley & Jensen) and is it any good?

Blue.Fairy2
09-09-2009, 09:46 PM
we buy dried cranberries, walnuts, and peacans there because the price can not be beat anywhere.

Also their produce while limited is always fresher than any grocery store around here.

We also buy our tires there when needed.

We bought our 46'' HDTV there and the return policy is exceptional. When we had a dead pixel at 5 months we returned it for a new one and even got money back(since they had a price drop since we purchased)

I would shop there weekly if it was not a 30 min drive.

hipchickie
09-09-2009, 10:12 PM
I am at Sams once a week for my business and it is about 5 minutes from my house, so it is also a time saver for me - but there are things that are obscenely cheap...I agree what has been said re: canned foods, though the #10 cans (those are the BIG ones) of veggies can be cheaper. If you can plan a weeks menu around 6 lbs or so of corn, go for it. Since my youngest will eat a can of corn for lunch, works for me :)

Must buys: Coffee, dairy, dog & cat food, bread, and produce. They also have a great really cheap red wine that we love ;) and rotisserie chix are awesome - they are about $5, I pick one up for dinner when I am in a rush, then the next day or so I make chix pot pie - so it makes 2 dinners for the 4 of us.

They also -at least at mine- have a section where they mark down end of season clothes, last of items, etc...I have got some FANTASTIC deals there (last time I needed bed sheets, I got a 10 piece bedroom set that included sheets cheaper than *just* sheets - dust ruffle, comforter, etc etc for $20!! The cashier was even shocked!)

We don't have gas at ours (wetland issues) so I can't attest to that, but it is worth it for us regardless



OH, and go the day after xmas - toys are at least 1/2 off, as is all the deco AWESOME!!!

cindycastle30
09-10-2009, 08:15 AM
I go to Sam's Club at least twice a week. The prices are very consistent which I like. They always have the coolest stuff for the yard and holidays. Plus their items really are well made and hold up. Their return policy is also very good. We hardly ever have to return anything to Sam's but when we do it is hassle free. We have bought many gift items that were very unique and well priced. After christmas they have awesome mark downs, remember to keep your receipt as they will price match if an items price goes down. My parents got $200 back on an air hockey table they bought my kids for christmas, no hassle, I thought that was really cool. They give you 90 days for price match which is way better than 2 weeks at most stores. Also their video games are usually priced a few bucks cheaper than regular stores. Like everyone else said the bakery and rotisserie chickens are the greatest. The membership fee is worth it in my opinion. I love Sam's Club!!

heartsy77
09-10-2009, 09:44 AM
I like our sam's although we don't have BJ's I buy garbage bags, tomato sauce, lo carb wraps, flowers (dirt cheap) hot dogs, dog food, cat food, litter etc. I also love their seasonal items: gingerbread house kits, cute stuff for kiddos classmates for class parties etc. I love their books and video game items.

Mom3girls
09-10-2009, 02:35 PM
I've gotten gas maybe five times from our Sam's and they have NEVER asked to see our Sam's club card. Don't get a membership just for that reason without checking into that.

sunshine1178
09-10-2009, 08:34 PM
I've gotten gas maybe five times from our Sam's and they have NEVER asked to see our Sam's club card. Don't get a membership just for that reason without checking into that.


That probably varies from state to state. I remember that when I lived in Louisiana, the Sam's gas was open to the public, but members got a $.10 discount. Here in Illinois, I think that I have to put my membership card in before the pump will start up. (But I could be wrong -- because my closest Sam's is in Cook County, the gas there is more expensive than the gas in my hometown.)

I think that the kids' clothes are a great deal. My four year old got Levi's for about $10, and the Carter's infant/toddler outfits are $8 or $9 -- cheaper than the Carter's outlet store, and way cheaper than Kohls!

sherry7
09-10-2009, 08:53 PM
I've gotten gas maybe five times from our Sam's and they have NEVER asked to see our Sam's club card. Don't get a membership just for that reason without checking into that.

Maybe that depends on the state. Here in PA, I have to swipe my membership card, or the pump won't even work.

auralia
09-10-2009, 09:06 PM
their baby formula can save a small fortune i figured we saved 1000$ in my daughters first year over name brand.

LONES
09-11-2009, 08:56 AM
Our girls are now 3 and 5, but when they were younger we saved a lot of money on formula and diapers, so it was definitely worth it for us then. Honestly, we don't use it as much as we used to anymore, but I would say even if we only used their bakery department it would be worth the $40.00. A half sheet cake is about $17.00. At our local grocery store, a quarter sheet cake is closer to $25-28. Also, they have very good buns and breads for when you have a larger gathering.