SAM"S CLUB...... what to look for

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Posted: 8/1/2013 10:35:50 AM
Sam's is having a free day, the closest one is over an hour away, but hubby and I are going to be going right by there, so we are going to stop and check it out. We haven't been in years. What is good and what should I be looking for?


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Posted: 8/1/2013 10:45:09 AM
I like their fresh fruit, berries are a great deal this time of year.
Pretzel rolls
coffee, their Members Mark is fair trade
gift cards
Sprayway glass cleaner
vanilla extract

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Posted: 8/1/2013 11:00:38 AM
I LOVE their meat. Its always so fresh and tender and very well priced!

I always buy the big bags of shredded cheese. I think they're 5lb bags? I break them down into gallon bags, freeze, and use as needed.

I buy the bags of potato chips. They are 2/$5, which is a lot less than at the regular grocery store.

I buy big containers of spices/seasonings....vanilla, minced onion, onion powder, garlic powder, seasoned salt, basil/citrus/garlic mix, Montreal seasoning, bouillon cubes.

I buy TONS of stuff there for the kids' lunches for school.
Capri Sun pouches, juice bottles, lunchmeat, sliced cheese, single serve potato chip bags, single serve fruit cups, single serve pudding cups, single serve pkgs of cookies, single serve pkgs of peanuts/trail mix.

I buy fresh produce there as well. I get Brussels sprouts, asparagus, broccoli, baby carrots, bags of potatoes, apples, lemons, limes, lettuce, grapes, raspberries, strawberries, watermelon, cantaloupe, oranges/clementines.

The price on milk, eggs, and orange juice is phenomenal as well.

They have good prices on bread but I prefer to buy the half loaves I get at my regular grocery store. We like our bread way fresh and soft.

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Posted: 8/1/2013 11:11:45 AM

I buy big containers of spices/seasonings....vanilla, minced onion, onion powder, garlic powder, seasoned salt, basil/citrus/garlic mix, Montreal seasoning, bouillon cubes.

And if you bake, get the choc. chips. They sell a 72 oz. bag of Tollhouse for $10.72 give or take. That equals 6 regular bags, which is a great deal.

Look through the food. Sometimes I get juice or lemonade, too. Frozen veggies.



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Posted: 8/1/2013 11:13:07 AM
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Posted: 8/1/2013 11:13:26 AM
They sell the Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuit mix.


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Posted: 8/1/2013 11:14:17 AM
The Olive Garden salad dressing is TDF.
I've never seen it for sale anywhere else but at our Sam's Club.

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Posted: 8/1/2013 11:16:06 AM
We regularly buy milk there, along with apple juice (can you tell I have young kids lol) chips, big and single serve bags, lunch meat, produce- my son loves their strawberries and they've been very cheap lately. Their fresh bread is amazing, along with soap: laundry and dish. Also check out their deals on clothes sometimes I can get good deals on shirts for DH.


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Posted: 8/1/2013 11:24:03 AM
Ooooh, Ive never looked for chocolate chips there!

I forgot to add that I buy batteries there. We go through batteries like crazy!

We do get good deals on clothes from time to time. I got a purse there a couple months ago.

I buy dryer sheets there, dish soap, Ziplock bags, paper plates, plastic spoons, foil.

They have great prices on books, too.

I'll probably think of a million other things I buy regularly there as the day goes on, lol!

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Posted: 8/1/2013 11:29:46 AM
My must haves for every visit are:

Clif bars
Clif Kids bars
Toilet paper
Ground turkey
Fruit-they have an excellent fresh selection
Goldfish and vanilla wafers-we go through a TON of those
Bottled water

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Posted: 8/1/2013 11:31:04 AM
Clothes. Yeah, I know that sounds crazy, but they have some decent names at good prices, and the stuff holds up well. One caveat, though, no dressing room, so you have to eyeball it really good. Kids clothes, swimsuits, t-shirts, shorts, all kinds of stuff. Even things like big bags of socks and undies for kids. Great for back-to-school stock up.

A few weeks ago they were in summer mode, but they may be in back-to-school now. They had a lot of cool stuff like beach towels, chairs, pool toys, things like that.


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Posted: 8/1/2013 12:23:54 PM
THANKS EVERYONE..... I am making my list and getting excited, hoping I can find lots of good stuff.

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Posted: 8/1/2013 1:24:48 PM
*paper items (toilet tissue, facial tissue, paper towel)...
*wrap items (alum foil, saran wrap, parchment paper......)
*baking items (choc chips, all spices, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, brown sugar, etc......)
*fruit (fresh) and even frozen
*veggies (fresn and frozen
*meat (2 for 1 whole chickens, etc......)
*office supplies
*shampoo/conditioner (about 1/2 price)
*any haircare product
*makeup and beauty products
*coconut oil
*cleaning products (vinegar, bleach, tide, downey........ dawn...)
*garbage bags (again, 1/2 off!!!!!)

And that's just an initial list!!!! We honestly save about 50-65% shopping there. You just have to lay out more $$, but you quickly make it up!


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Posted: 8/1/2013 1:30:06 PM
They also have a clearance section. Ours is in the back of the store, on one of the shelves. Stuff that is damaged or only has one or 2 left goes back there.

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Posted: 8/1/2013 1:32:33 PM

Fresh veggies (this is where I see the biggest savings - cheaper than Kroger for larger quantities):
Giant bags of shredded cabbage
Small prepackaged cabbage salads
Baby carrots

Cold meat section:
Fajita chicken
Stuffed salmon

Frozen section:
Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Skinny Cow ice cream sandwiches


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Posted: 8/1/2013 1:35:01 PM
Red Lobster Cheesy Biscuits mix. thanks to the peas, I got sucked into that one.

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Posted: 8/1/2013 1:36:49 PM
The 2 pack Perdue chicken is my go to for Sam's. I'm sure its filled with all sorts of stuff I don't want to know about, but it is so good. We bake, rotisserie, and grill it and anyway its good. We call it crack chicken.


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Posted: 8/1/2013 2:46:18 PM
Because we try to mainly eat non-processed food or at least highly processed food, we don't buy a lot of food there.

large bags of shrimp
fresh fruit
they have a specialty cheese section and I buy a few types of cheese
they also sale chicken breasts from organic free range chickens
cleaning supplies
we have also bought furniture there too!



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Posted: 8/1/2013 3:02:03 PM
I shop Sams once a month. Ours has great meat and produce and the best price on half & half (1.34/qt vs 2.67 at Walmart).

Their rotisserie chicken is $4.99 for a pretty good size chicken--way bigger than the 5.99 one in our market. I usually pick a couple up--one for dinner that night, and make chicken salad for lunches with the leftover, and the other I shred for Mexican lasagna or quesadillas later in the week and freeze what we don't use.

Other stuff we normally get there:
* organic spring mix
* baby portabella mushrooms
* fruit
* granola bars
* Goldfish crackers
* nestle chocolate morsels
* crystal lite
* shredded cheeses which we freeze extra
* english muffins (they are good and so much cheaper than the market)
* Zone bars sometimes (Ds & DD are runners and eat these, but the unit price is better in Walmart when I have a coupon since sams doesn't take coupons
* peanut butter
* tortilla shells
* pita chips and pretzel thins
* hummus
* Their specialty cheese section is decent--I get my chunk of parm there every month


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Posted: 8/1/2013 3:16:29 PM
I love their walnuts and salted roasted almonds.


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Posted: 8/1/2013 10:15:20 PM

The Olive Garden salad dressing is TDF.
I've never seen it for sale anywhere else but at our Sam's Club.

Um. I think Olive Garden sells it.

So, at Sam's, I routinely buy:
*They have a white cheese dip that is great on Mexican food.
*Parmesan Crusted Tilapia (frozen)
*Kahiki General Tso's chicken (frozen)
*Bubble Mailers (a pack of 25 8.5x11 sized for about $7)
*Sea-pak (I think) shrimp scampi (frozen)
*Their magazines are pretty well discounted.

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Posted: 8/1/2013 10:25:21 PM
We buy quite a bit from Sam's.

Quilted Northern
Bounty paper towels and napkins
Dove body wash
Dove deodorant
Suave shampoo
Neutrogena sunscreen
Ore Ida sweet potato fries
cod fillets
ground turkey
beef roast
parmesan cheese
greek yogurt
organic carrots
snap peas
green beans
canned pineapple
canned diced tomatoes
canned tomato paste
lemon extract
vanilla extract
Ghirradelli chocolate chips
Kind bars
Cliff bars
Cliff fruit ropes



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Posted: 8/1/2013 10:38:30 PM
Eddie Bauer t-shirts. I love that I can get them there for such a great price.

Definitely vanilla. Much cheaper at Sam's.

I'm going to have to look for the Red Lobster biscuit mix!


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Posted: 8/1/2013 10:54:39 PM
We only shop the meat and produce and dont buy much as we are not interested in industrial size packages. That said, we still go every week for 3 main things

Smoked Salmon - 1.5lbs for about $15 and its really good

Rotisserie chicken - $4.99 for 3lb chicken. Make cold cuts from meat and soup from the bones

Gas - cheapest around

(lately Raspberries have also been really affordable)


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Posted: 8/1/2013 10:56:25 PM
Soft water salt (if you live in the city cross this off your list!)
Glad trash bags
big black trash bags
baby carrots
fruits/veggies (if they look good)
large container of Greek yougurt
fresh apple pie (oh, it's AWESOME!)
fresh angel food cake (OK- that's for the dog- he loves it for his after dinner treat!!!)
candy or gum
ink for printer
kitty litter

warm sweaters for winter
winter coat or fall jacket
undies, socks, sports bras
dog food or treats (these tend to be seasonal sometimes, too)
kitchen appliances or utensils

I keep 2 lists on hand with me- a list of things I need and a list of things that if I see it I'll buy it (ie: new roasting pan, frying pan, etc) You never know what you'll find! I one walked away from a set of dishes that I always wanted and I've regreted it!

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Posted: 8/1/2013 11:25:08 PM
Forgot to add: My DH loves to buy his huge packages of whole fish, frozen. It's an amazing price!!!!!!!!

Ooh, and I used to get soy sauce there (a gallon for the price of a tiny bottle in the supermarket). Also, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, pancake syrup............... So many items!!! Just have lots of muscles to help you bring it all into the house and unpack!


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Posted: 8/1/2013 11:35:08 PM
Things I'm getting tomorrow when I go:
Charmin Toilet paper
Bounty paper towels
Jiff Peanut butter
Their 5# tub of cottage cheese... Best cottage cheese EVER!
Swiss Miss Ice Cream bars
Vinegar for the wash and cleaning
Serta memory foam pillows
Cupcakes for birthday party
Ranch Veggie chips
Veggie tray
Glad force flex garbage bags

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Posted: 8/2/2013 1:30:29 AM
Don't forget to visit their bakery section not only are their muffins really tasty they have a Coconut Cake that is TO DIE FOR. I bake and I can't make a cake as tasty as that.

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Posted: 8/2/2013 2:36:30 AM
Diapers Huggies
Wipes Huggies
Olive oil
Veg Oil
chicken breast
cheese it's
sour Cream
dish washer tabs
hand sanitizer
Floor cleaner
Formula (there brand)

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Posted: 8/2/2013 7:47:02 AM
First, I have to say I have not seen organic chicken breast or coconut oil at either of my Sam's clubs (one is an hour away, the other 1.25 hours away). Other than select produce, are there other organic foods there?

Here are my oft bought items:

Sprayway glass cleaner
Laundry detergent & softener
Dish liquid & Dishwasher capsules
Shaving supplies
Dried Parsley & other seasonings
Fruit2o flavored water
90-93% lean hamburger
boneless pork loin
jumbo shrimp
Whole-Wheat snack crackers
Egg Whites
Atlantic wild-caught salmon
shredded Italian cheese
flavored all-natural chicken burgers
flavored all-natural chicken sausage

I have also gotten the Red Lobster cheese bay biscuits. Those things are dangerous!



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Posted: 8/2/2013 8:11:56 AM
We do quite a bit of shopping there. Most stuff is at least 25% cheaper, some more.

Paper towels
Toilet Paper
Toilet cleaner
Scrubbing Bubbles
All Free and Clear
Fabric Softner
dishwashing liquid
Lysol surface cleaner

Pantry Items:
mac and cheese
Baking stuff (chocolate chips, spices, etc)
Oatmeal (you get lots, you have to really use it)
peanut butter and nutella
Nutri grain bars
I get my chocolate needs there. M&M's, Dove bars, hershey mini, etc
Gum and mints

I buy most of my meat there. Tyson frozen chicken breasts, pork and beef tenderloin, burgers, turkey, rotisserie chicken

It's all good. Obviously you'll do better with stuff that's in season. Right now is good for berries and pit fruit.

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We save a bundle on diapers and wipes
pepcid, immodium, tylenol, advil, sudafed (buy the members mark and save quite a bit) razor blades, shaving cream, contact solution

Make a trip down the season section. We often find stuff there. I also get pens and such from the office supply section.

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Posted: 8/2/2013 8:15:11 AM
Okay, where are you all finding the Red Lobster biscuit mix? My mom raves about the biscuits all the time AND has a Sam's card. I know she doesn't know about the mix!


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Posted: 8/2/2013 8:48:38 AM
There fresh green bean are fantastic I also buy meat -gruyere cheese- fresh fruit .


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Posted: 8/2/2013 9:03:24 AM
Our regular purchases...
Toilet Paper
Dishwasher Detergent
Huge packs of Plug-In refills
Laundry Detergent
Paper Towels
Pretzel Chips
Breakfast Sandwiches/French Toast Sticks
Chicken Broth
Lens Wipes (for glasses, screens, etc.)
Boneless pork chops (LOVE theirs)
Chicken burgers with swiss and carmelized onions

I buy a ton of produce's always great. I also love their clothes. I get a lot of designer stuff cheap. Just picked up a cute pair of Kenneth Cole flats for fall on Monday Oh and sometimes I find dog toys dogs love to destroy stuffed toys and they are so cheap there.


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Posted: 8/2/2013 12:02:40 PM
Check the prices carefully. I can't tell you how many times I've thought I was getting a great deal on some big box of something only to find out that the individual price is the same as at Walmart.


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Posted: 8/2/2013 1:34:16 PM
The best tip I can give you is to watch the prices closely and remember how much storage you have. If you buy in bulk you have to have places to put the stuff when you get home! Some of the prices are actually the same price at Wal-Mart if you break it down to price per piece.

Having said that, you won't find better prices on batteries, new books, large jars of spices (minced onion especially), individual packages of snack type foods (trail mix, cookies), alcohol (wines, etc). They have great prices on really large pizza, pork tenderloin, pork chops and their steaks are always tender. You can buy postage stamps by the roll (cheaper by a tiny bit) and even Itunes or store gift cards are discounted just a bit. If they have a gas station you can fill up for less.

Take a cooler with you since you live so far away and remember, if you're going to buy food, make Sams your last stop.

Now, before you actually buy a membership, think about how many times you'd be able to use it. $40 a year will take quite a few trips to make the cost worth it UNLESS you plan on buying furniture, mattresses, computer, TV (they carry Vizio which has the best picture quality I've ever seen) or even car tires. Then it's worth it for one trip.

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Posted: 8/2/2013 1:50:34 PM
I've been getting fresh fruit (especially blueberries) and veggies. Finish dish washer tabs, frozen chicken breasts, steaks, roasts, chips, snack bars, some spices, dawn dish soap.

I have to be super careful, because if DH goes with me, we spend way more than I ever want or plan for. And, we have a small house, so storage is at a premium-- so I dont like buying much in bulk. the foods we use all the time, so storing those isnt a problem. But, toilet paper and other things I just dont have room for that much.


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