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Old 03-07-2006, 08:07 PM   #1
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Need to Know About Sam's Club

In reguards to meat items, is Sam's a way to save on bulk purchases of meat, like ground beef? I have never shopped there and wondered if it would be worth my while and the $40 membership. How are they compared to grochery stores?

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Old 03-07-2006, 08:09 PM   #2
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I personally, haven't shopped there in a long time, but, my sister goes religiously!! She has kept her membership going for about 10 years or more.
It's really great if you do a lot of parties like she does, because, it has more than just food.
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Old 03-07-2006, 08:14 PM   #3
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We don't go to Sams, but we use another warehouse store that is the same type of place as Sams. We also pay $40 per year and I do think it is worth it. We get things like paper towels, toilet paper, laundry detergent, shampoo, soap, Advil, and other things all in bulk. These are things that we will always need. In most cases the prices are better than the grocery store, but not always so you need to pay attention.

They usually have great deals on meat, but I don't usually like to freeze my meat and would rather buy it as I need it just because I usually can't think ahead enough to defrost what I need. When we are having a party or BBQ or something then I will get my meat there as I am buying a large amount. The quality is usually really good and the prices are better than the grocery usually.
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Old 03-07-2006, 08:52 PM   #4
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In addition to Sam's we have BJ's which is similar. I prefer BJ's fpr several reasons. They accept manufacturer's coupons and they send you coupons on various products. I think they have more things like veggies where you must buy 6 or 12 cans, but they are the size you would see at the grocery store. At Sam's, all they often have is institutional size cans. BJ's often gives out 1 day passes so people can take agood look before they join. I don't knoow if Sam's does that.
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Old 03-07-2006, 09:00 PM   #5
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Yeah BJ's is where we go too.
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Never heard of BJs and can't say that I have seen one in our neck of the woods. I appreciate the info you folks have provided and I think we are gonna go there and take a look to see if we can benefit from it. My only issue is that I have a problem paying money to save money. Just seems funny that I have to pay $40 bucks a year to reap the benefits of their offerings. Do I really end up saving enough money to offset the $40 plus additional savings versus catching sales at various grochery stores???? Time will tell.
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Old 03-07-2006, 09:28 PM   #7
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Never heard of BJs and can't say that I have seen one in our neck of the woods. I appreciate the info you folks have provided and I think we are gonna go there and take a look to see if we can benefit from it. My only issue is that I have a problem paying money to save money. Just seems funny that I have to pay $40 bucks a year to reap the benefits of their offerings. Do I really end up saving enough money to offset the $40 plus additional savings versus catching sales at various grochery stores???? Time will tell.
Sattie, therein squats the toad! I don't shop at Sam's, for precisely that reason. Back when I had a Sam's Card, I did some pricing between Sam's and a couple local grocery stores, and they just weren't competitive enough to justify the $35/year (then).

Of course, since I work at a restaurant, if I want to buy in bulk and get true wholesale prices, I just talk to my boss.
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We've just converted to Sam's Club. Where else can you get ground beef for $1.98 per pound or so. You pay more up front for the bulk, but if you have a place to put it, it's worth it!
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Old 03-07-2006, 09:44 PM   #9
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We've just converted to Sam's Club. Where else can you get ground beef for $1.98 per pound or so. You pay more up front for the bulk, but if you have a place to put it, it's worth it!
BigDog... it was the ground beef that got me thinking about it. I would like to have 20lbs on hand. I tend to go through it making 1 pot meals and every time I need it, I am totally out! So that is what got us to thinking about using a place like Sam's in the first place. But obviously I need to utilize it for much more to make good use of the yearly cover.

AllenIM, you are feeling me!

texasgirl, GB, purrfectlydevine... thanks so much for your input!!!!
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Old 03-07-2006, 10:17 PM   #10
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We have or had memberships in all of the major warehouse club stores - BJ's, Costco and Sam's Club.

We like Costco the most. Sam's is also good. Whether or not you can get your membership fee back through savings depends on what you buy and how much you buy in a year.

I buy a lot of meats there. Whole sirloin strips, tenderloins and rib eyes for beef. Then I cut my own steaks and roasts.

The prices are better than the supermarket but when the market has a good sale they will sometimes beat the warehouse store.

Whole pork loins and tenderloins. I cut my own chops and roasts.

Of course, loads of paper products, laundry supplies, party goods, medications, baked goods, and electronics.

I have a set of stainless tri-ply pots and pans from Costco that are as good as my All-Clad.

Go for it.

You may want to buy a freezer for the basement or garage.
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