Since Sam’s Club is such a big store, it may be hard to figure out what to purchase there.
But if you know what to look for, there are some great deals to be found.
But be ware.
Not every thing is a good deal. You may actually end up paying more for items at Sam’s Club than at your local grocery store if you’re not careful.
I purchase some items at Sam’s Club 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 Club 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.
2. Take your list to Sam’s.
3. Write down the price of each item and the number that comes in each package.
4. When you are done, figure out the unit cost by dividing the price by the unit.
Butter at Sam’s Club comes in a 4 lb. package for $11.23.
When you divide $11.23 by 4, that means each pound of butter is $2.80.
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 Club. 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 Club.
What to Buy at Sam’s Club:
What to ALWAYS Buy –
- Water Bottles
- Block Cheddar Cheese
- Roll Sausage
- Pictures and Photo Cards
What to SOMETIMES Buy –
- Frozen Chicken
- Laundry detergent
- Dryer sheets
- Toilet paper
- Paper towels
- Special Occasion Cakes
Most of these items go on sale at my local grocery store for a slightly cheaper price, but if I don’t want to wait for a sale, I know that I can get them at Sam’s Club for a decent price.
Most of the time Sam’s gasoline is a few cents cheaper, however this is not always the case. I try to make a mental note of the gas prices before I go to Sam’s to make sure that it is cheaper than the other gas stations before purchasing gas there.
What to NEVER Buy –
- Most Packaged Grocery Items
- Coffee Creamer
- Huggies and Pampers Diapers
Most of these items are go Buy-One-Get-One Free at my local grocery store and that makes them much cheaper than Sam’s Club. The grocery also offers a better variety to choose from.
It took me quit a while to figure out how to get deals on diapers, but after months of watching the ads, I have been able to get diapers for under 15 cents each (or less) by matching grocery store sales with coupons. Huggies and Pampers diapers are over 25 cents each even at Sam’s.
Is Sam’s Club worth the membership?
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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