Post # 1
Hi all, BF and I went to a Sam’s Club yesterday because he wanted to see if it was worth the money to get a membership. We toured the store and really liked it. It’s nowhere near as crowded as Walmart and BF seems to think the prices are cheaper than Walmart.
I’m not sure though. I just want to make sure that we would actually be saving money on groceries if we got a membership.
What are your opinions? Do you have a membership? Why or why not? If you have one, what kind do you have? The regular one for $45 or the Plus membership for $100?
Post # 3
My FI and I received a Sam’s Club membership for his birthday last year, and we use it at least once a week. I would definitely say it is worth it. Not only does it save us money, it saves us hassle too. Example…I could go to the grocery store and buy a roll of paper towels once a week, OR, I could go to Sam’s Club, buy a giant package of them, and not need to buy any for a couple of months. And while I do think that if we had a family instead of just the two of us that it would be a lot more beneficial, I would still definitely say it’s worth it. We have a regular membership and really like it. In my opinion, it pays for itself within the year that you have it.
Post # 4
@LadyBlackheart: We have one, we use it every week to buy dog food, cleaning supplies, certain bulk items in groceries like chicken, bread, lunch meat and cheese, toilet paper, paper towels, tampons…this all started when Mr. 99 and I both had company sponsored memberships…you just get used to having that option.
it works for us and the Costco across the street literally looks like a mad house ever hour of the day….people get crazy about that place!
Post # 5
We’ve had a membership for 2 years and really like it. We use it most for things we use a lot of anyway – toilet paper, paper towels, laundry detergent, shampoo, yogurt, cereal, canned goods, veggies, and meats. My advice is to use Sam’s for items that you already purchase a lot of or will always need stocked at the house. Every time we buy non-essential items and snacks at Sam’s, they go bad before we use them and we end up wasting more money than we need to. But when we stick to buying essential things in bulk, we end up saving a lot of money through Sam’s. You probably only need the regular membership – that’s what we’ve been using and it’s been fine for our needs.
Post # 6
We have their regular membership and we use it a lot. It’s great to stock up on the things you always use/eat/need. For us it’s great for dish soap, TP, paper towels, bottled water, some snacks, vitamins, etc. Though, I will say that back in February we were both due for upgrades on our cell phones and strolled into Sam’s one day (for groceries, haha). They were selling the Galaxy Note 2 for $99 — it was the cheapest I had seen up to that point (I think the Verizon store wanted $199 at the time). We absolutely upgraded then and there — 2 phones for the price of one? Yup, sold! That paid for our membership right there.
Post # 7
We only have a regular membership because we go every 4-6 months to stock up on things like toliet paper, paper towels, shampoo, body wash, razors, cleaning products,laundry detergent, etc. . In that aspect it is worth it. In terms of groceries, Ive found only certain perishables are worth it, such as Silk Milk that comes in a pack of three. We dont eat anything out of the freezer section though, so Im not sure if the deals on say, frozen chicken, are better than any other store.
Post # 8
I have a company sponsored membership but I never use it. I don’t like bulk shopping; places as large as Sam’s overwhelm me and take too long to get through. Personal preference, though, some people love it. If you have the storage space, go for it.
Post # 9
@LadyBlackheart: In my opinion, it really depends on what you’d be buying. In our area, we don’t save on groceries much there, maybe a couple of bucks a month (Sam’s milk is actually significantly more expensive in our area!). They have nice meat, but it comes at a premium (again, in our area). We do save major money on dog food, dog chew sticks (rawhides), and diapers/wipes. We usually buy our dish detergent there too for the dishwasher. If we didn’t have a kid and dogs, we wouldn’t have a Sam’s membership. I know prices are different at each. The discounted gas savings are also really nice if you drive a lot. If it’s only $45 for a whole year, you’d be paying $3.75 per month for the membership. Did you see enough savings at your Sam’s to cover that amount monthly? If so, then go for it!
Post # 10
We don’t have Sam’s Club in Canada… but we do have Costco.
It is very popular with families… the bigger the family, the more popular. PLUS you have to have space to store stuff that you buy in bigger quantities / bulk from there.
At $ 55 Annually, and the fact that there is just Mr TTR and I, we don’t find it to be “a deal” for us.
With a bit of research I can find just as good deals elsewhere… and save that crazy $ 55 Membership Fee
(Really, sorry but I will NEVER understand the concept of paying a Retailer a fee for the “privilige of shopping with them… trust me, Retailers like Costco, and the WalMart family Businesses make oodles of money as it is. WalMart is the LARGEST PROFITABLE Retailer in the World… making 469 BILLION in Revenues in 2013. They don’t need to charge anyone that extra Membership Fee… it is just a blatant money grab… and one more reason that I don’t shop at WalMart… they are too much concerned about the almighty dollar and themselves than they are about anyone else on this planet. They are disgusting, they make their profits off of the backs of the working poor !!)
Post # 11
I would never get a SAm’s Club membership because of the Walmart issue and their economic exploitation practices.
We had a Costco membership but let it lapse. There’s 2 people in our household and it’s not worth it.
Post # 12
@LadyBlackheart: yes we do, and it is SO WORTH IT. we buy everything there that doesn’t go bad, and meat, because they actually have pretty good meat. toilet paper, tissue, shampoo/conditioner/body wash/toothpaste/floss pretty much all our bathroom stuff, razor blades, deodorant, etc. plus all our frozen food needs….we save SO MUCH MONEY that the membership is paid for like 10x over.
Post # 13
TOTALLLLLYYYY worth it!!! we go monthly to stock up on items like chicken( sooo much cheaper then at the grocery store), beef, TP, paper towels, toothpaste, shampoo…etc…
We will NEVER EVER leave sams! hahaha
Post # 14
I think it’s very worth it! Great for buying staples that you always need in the house like toliet paper, paper towels, etc. And for dry food that you can store, like cereal, pasta, etc. I even get cases of my greek yogurt there every couple weeks!
Post # 15
It’s definetly worth it in my eyes. My SO and I have the regular membership.I go a couple times a month to stock up on my meats (they have awesome deals.) Also papertowels, TP, laundry soap, drinks, fabric soferner, frozen veggies, the list is endless. Oh if you’re into making cheesecakes of all kinds, like me, they sell cream cheese in bulk !
Post # 16
Definitely worth it. My parents have it and added us, so it is only $10 for an extra person added. It helps out a ton for us because we only go shopping about once a month, so buying in bulk is the way to go. Its really worth it if you want to buy meats there.