I love Sams Club.
I belong to BJ's, but I buy tons of stuff there that I use regularly:
milkjuicechickendiapers/wipes (when my son used them)TPPaper TowelsIced Tea MixOlive OilSpices (onion powder, garlic powder)Coffee
BJ's is great because they take not only their own coupons, but manufacturer coupons as well. I know Costco doesn't do that, not sure if Sam's does.
we usually do stuff like big packs of dish rags, office supplies including things like blank CDs, folding chairs and tables. We don't do any of the food there unless we're buying a huge bag of candy for Halloween or stocking stuffing.
Way back when we first got a Sam's membership, we bought most of our staple goods (cereal, pasta sauce, pasta, chocolate morsels, tuna, bulk ground turkey, etc) there. Nowadays we eat basically local organic homemade stuff as much as possible so we don't shop the same way we used to (lots more stuff bought from the bulk bins at the veg food co-op using reused containers instead of adding more packaging).
Ask the meat dept when they reduce the meat
I don't belong to Sam's but I have a Costco membership and this is what I buy:
Rice (25 lb. bag), frozen lean ground beef chubs, frozen fruit, chicken nuggets, Lysol wipes, Hershey syrup, Frito chips (for DDs lunch), fiber one bars, shampoo and conditioner, bananas, pork chops, chicken thighs, laundry detergent, toilet paper, Eggo waffles, syrup, spices, vitamins, batteries, cooking spray, tampons, and garbage bags.
My favorites there:
Paper goods: paper towels, bathroom tissue, kleenex, etc.
Also some larger packages of frozen foods. Meat isn't often better than at the grocery store. For instance I was there this weekend and split chicken breasts were $1.69 a lb, but at
We belong to both Costco and BJ's, but not Sam's. I think we have saved the cost of membership in milk alone! It is $1.00-$1.50 cheaper per gallon than at the grocery store! Also, dh and I always get our glasses and contacts through Costco and it is so much cheaper than other places. And gas is several cents cheaper per gallon. Not sure if Sam's has an optical dept. or gas pumps though. I would say not everything is necessarily cheaper than at a grocery store/dept. store, but I would say the majority of things are, at least the things I buy. With 3 kids, there are many things I like to buy in bulk, even if they are of a similar price, just so I don't have to drag everyone out to a store as often!! Go browse around Sam's one night with no kids and you will find all sorts of treasures. ;o)
We've had a Sam's Membership for a number of years. I don't buy a huge amount of stuff there as we don't eat a whole lot of packaged, processed food, but I do have a "Sam's list" and even mostly just buying these things each month or so, I more than pay for my membership each year.
5lb blocks of cheddar and mozzarella cheeseKraft SinglesMarques de Paiva coffee beans (yes, you can buy cheaper coffee, but if you like good coffee, this is a very good value!)Thomas' English muffinsMission flour tortillasSonicare toothbrush refillsClear Care contact solutionFrozen broccoli and other vegetablesFresh ground beef (sometimes the same $ or a little more than the grocery, but much better quality)Pork tenderloinsFrozen tilapia filletsFrozen salmon filletsPastaRiceKraft parmesan cheeseBaby dill picklesTaco seasoning and other spicesOlive oilBaking soda and Vinegar (for cleaning)Dishwasher detergent
Occasionally I pick up some other things, but not until I'm sure they're at least the same priceif not cheaper as I can get elsewhere and it's something that we'll use up before it goes bad....
I get my sons boost there.