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Question about Sam's Club - Anybody?

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

I am contemplating purchasing a Sam's Club membership. I'm asking anyone who has/had one if you think it's worth the cost? From what I can see of the prices online, some things are cheaper and others aren't. Thus, I'm torn.

Anybody have any thoughts on the matter?

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
PLMITCH 10/27/2012 8:38AM

    We've been members for about a year and I think it is worth the cost of the membership. Not quite as nice and friendly as Costco, but the prices are very comparable.

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FUNGIRL81005 10/24/2012 4:09PM

    i love my membership. I don't go very often ,but I buy for the whole YEAR of paper towels and TP and Napkins and Laundry detergent. I use my tax return and it keeps me out of walmart and spending 50.00 when i only went for TP!! So it saves me lots of money...Plus my boss just bought a whole case of chicken breasts and it was only 10.00 for around 20 chicken breasts!!

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JASMINEROSE999 10/23/2012 6:51PM

  I have a Sam's club membership and I love it! Their food is better than some stores and fresher. Also, you can buy house essentials in bulk which if you have room to store it you will save money (i.e. paper towels). Also, they have great fruit and special items such as rotisserie chicken, soups, sushi, etc. You can also get a lot of freezer stuff which you can store for a long time like chicken breasts, fish, veggies, etc. They also sell clothes and shoes and books and DVDs. I can go on and on because I just love that place!

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BLH507 10/23/2012 6:44PM

    Is there someone else you could share a membership with? You can put 2 people on and then you could split the big packs of paper towels etc. I have a list that I buy at Sams always. Spinach, milk, almonds, coffee, paper towel, tp, dog food!!, cat food, tuna. You just can't get sucked in by the items that you don't need.

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CANES4EVER63 10/23/2012 5:43PM

    If you have the space to buy things in bulk, then yes, go for it! I'm talking detergents, paper towels, toilet paper, cans and cans of tomatoes and beans, deodorant, FLOSS (so cheap at Sams!), bulk in some medicines. It's great!

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KRISTA-GIRL 10/23/2012 4:37PM

    Definitely good buys on glasses and car stuff - I love their workout clothing and get great deals on Levi's. Christmas decorations and gifts are at great prices, too, as are other holiday items. Books, movies, TV's, batteries, etc are usually lower than elsewhere. Food - you can't use coupons, but canned goods and boxed items (mac-n-cheese) come in packs and are usually cheaper than a grocery store - unless you buy generic. Sam's does have a few things in their brand that is cheaper than name brand, though. Of course you wouldn't want 50 lbs of flour or sugar, but 8 cans of something you like would be a good buy.
They used to let you go in and look around to see if you want to purchase a membership - that might be a good idea for you. Just take a list of prices that you normally buy - or your smart phone. :-)
hth! - Krista

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BELLSES 10/23/2012 4:11PM

    For one person in an apartment I don't think it would make sense. You will need to buy huge quantities of most things. And yes, somethings are cheaper (cheese is a great deal, but do you want that much cheese?) others not so much. I have been less than impressed with the produce. Except I would buy veggie and fruit trays for work a lot. Those were a great deal.

Have you tried going on a tour to decide?

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BEBOP4ME 10/23/2012 3:53PM

    You are correct in that some things are a good deal and some things aren't. We used to get the membership at discount, but don't anymore. So here is what justified the membership for me: I could get glasses and contacts cheaper at Sams Club than any other store. That alone paid for the membership. Also, my husband felt their car batteries and tires were a good deal compared to most other places. If you are just going for good deals on food, I don't know if you can justify the cost. Better to find a friend that has a card and go there occasionally.

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