There are some great deals to be found at Sam’s Club, but if you aren’t careful, you can end up paying more for items at Sam’s than at your local grocery store. I purchase some items at Sam’s on a regular basis while there are other items that are always cheaper at the grocery store.
In order to get the best deals at Sam’s you have to know your prices!
Before you buy anything,
- Write down all of the items that you purchase on a regular basis and the price you typically pay at your local grocery store.
- Take your list to Sam’s.
- Search for all of the items on your list, and write down the price of each item and the number that comes in each package.
- When you are done, figure out the unit cost by dividing the price by the unit.
Butter at Sam’s – 4 lbs @ $11.23
$11.23/4 = $2.80 per pound
- Now compare that price to what you would pay at the grocery store.
The normal price for a pound of butter at my grocery store is $4.29. That means it would be cheaper to by butter at Sam’s. However, my grocery store usually has a pound of butter go on sale for $2.50.
In this case, I try to get enough butter at the sale price that will last me until the next sale. But if I run out of butter before the sale, I know I can get it for a decent price at Sam’s.
Here is another example:
Cheddar Cheese at Sam’s – 32 oz @ $4.88
32 oz is equivalent to 4 blocks of an 8 oz package of cheese that is typically sold at the grocery store.
$4.88/4 = $1.22 per 8 oz of cheese
The cheapest an 8 oz block of cheese goes on sale is $2.15 per 8 oz.
In this case, Sam’s is clearly the cheapest when it comes to cheddar cheese.
Keep in mind that Sam’s prices do change. Sometimes, the cheese is $5 (which is still a great deal)! I just try to keep my eyes out and make sure I’m still getting the best deal possible.
What I Always Purchase:
1. Water Bottles
40 bottles @ $3.98 (10 cents each)
2. Block Cheddar Cheese
32 oz @ $4.88 ($1.22 for 8 oz)3. Sausage 2 lbs @$4.98 ($2.50 for 1 lb)
1 gallon @ $2.94
2 gallons @ $3.98 (1 gallon for $2)
6. Pictures and Photo Cards
What I Sometimes Purchase:
I can get 5 lbs of flour for $1.99 on sale at the grocery store, but it doesn’t go on sale very often.
I can sometimes get 10 lbs of sugar for $3.99 n sale at grocery store. If I don’t want to wait for a sale
on sugar, I know that I can get it at Sam’s for a decent price.
5. Frozen Chicken
7. Special Occasion Cakes
What I Never Purchase:
3. Huggies and Pampers Diapers
4. Most Packaged Grocery Items
6. Coffee Creamer
Is Sam’s Club worth the membership?
I think it depends. If you want to slash your grocery budget, I believe there are better ways to do so. However, if you normally do not shop the sales at your grocery store, Sam’s Club could offer savings compared to the regular prices.
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