Shopping at Sam’s Club

SaturdayStirrings

Last week I took you on a tour of a typical shopping trip at Aldi.  This week, I thought I’d drag you along with me to Sam’s Club.  Which is kind of like Aldi.  On some serious steroids.

But with more name brands.

And samples.

As a side note, I have actually taken the children to Sam’s Club around 4 in the afternoon on the weekend and called it dinner.  Because I am just classy like that.

For some inexplicable reason, my children will try most anything sample oriented at Sam’s Club.  Whereas the same offering would be deemed offensive if laid out on their dinner plate at home.

I don’t even try to understand these people that I live with.

I plan a shopping trip to Sam’s every 4 to 8 weeks.  I learned of a money and time saving tip when shopping at Sam’s from fellow blogging buddy, Heather, at Untraditional Home.  She left this tidbit in a comment on a post I wrote last year asking readers to share time saving tips.  And this is a doozy.

Heather alerted me to the fact that Sam’s Club has something called “Click & Pull” on their website.  I log in to the website, and there I have created a “shopping list” of items that I usually purchase.  A couple of days before I intend to head to Sam’s , I go to my list and order the items on the website.

AND THE VERY NICE STAFF AT SAM’S CLUB PULL THE ITEMS FOR ME.  Hence the name, Click & Pull.  Clever, eh?  When the items are ready, I receive an e-mail which I print out and take with me to Sam’s Club.  When I get there, I take the print out back to the cigarette stand (why there, I don’t know) and the items are retrieved for me while I finish up my shopping.

It doesn’t matter if the items are frozen or in the refrigerator section.  They remain in a cooler/freezer until you arrive to claim them.

The only thing they don’t pull for you is fresh meat.  Which I prefer to lean across that cooler and agonize over myself.  I also like to pick out my own fresh vegetables, but they will pull those for you as well.

I save a ton of time using this technique, and I’m less likely to engage in impulse purchasing.

I said “less likely” because I still like to trot merrily down the book aisle.

Some of the staples I buy at Sam’s Club are as follows:  (And I don’t have quantities for you, because most of these items I’m currently out of and desperately need to make a trip to Sam’s for.  Just imagine that I buy in bulk.)

  • Bag of Tyson Frozen Chicken Breasts $12.97
  • Go-gurt  $7.64
  • 48 Count Frigo String Cheese  $7.12
  • 3 Lb. bag of Bananas  $1.36
  • 6 Count Bag of Romaine Hearts  $3.98
  • 6 Lb. Frozen Sirloin Burgers  $14.88
  • 72 Count Kraft American Sliced Cheese  $14.52
  • Ballpark All-Beef Franks  $6.97
  • 4 Count Cartons of Egg Beaters  $4.84
  • Solid White Canned Tuna (8 Count?)  $9.77

I also buy fresh ground Turkey, 90% Lean Ground Beef, Flank Steak, Bottom Round Roast.  The prices all vary according to weight.  And these I divide up into smaller portions and freeze.

I dearly love Sam’s Romaine hearts.  My MIL taught me this trick:  only pull out one or two hearts at a time and wash and store in tupperware with a paper towel.  The rest of the hearts remain in the original bag, sealed.

I also buy Sam’s fresh tomatoes, apples, grapes, and oranges.  Depends on the season.  And how much room I have in the fridge.

You might be thinking to yourself, these people eat a lot.

BECAUSE WE DO!

Since we homeschool, and both work at home, I effectively prepare food for 5 people, 3 meals a day.

I just wore myself out with that last sentence.

Your turn.  If you have a special Sam’s purchase that you want to share with the class, leave it in the comments section.

And if you have a recipe or kitchen tip post on your own blog, link up below with the URL to that specific post.  Then link back here.  Because you are polite.

Have a great weekend!

DeeDeeSig

August 21, 2009

18 Responses to Shopping at Sam’s Club

  • I love the giant boxes of grapes and strawberries. My kids can eat a pint of strawberries in about 30 seconds. It’s just not worth the bother of buying them in small quantities, so we buy the “Are all those kids yours??” size, and it makes it through a whole 2 days!!

  • No Sams, but I don’t know what I did before Costco!

  • Wow! So I totally just messed up and linked to my website (maybe twice?!?) when all I was trying to do was make a comment. Time for bed for sure. But my comment was/is: We have Costco here, which I think is the same as Sam’s Club, and I LOVE it. It’s my favorite store. One of my favorite must have items is Organic Coffee. It’s goooood coffee (I can be a coffee snob some times) and it’s a great price. The book aisle gets me every time, too.

    • Shiree,

      Totally okay! I left your link in place because you have some awesome time and money saving tips that are eco friendly!!!

      DeeDee

  • For the record, people constantly are telling me how much their family eats. . .

    I’ve yet to meet one that “out-eats” mine!

    Oh, and if you truly fix 3 meals a day, every day — “you da [wo]man!” (We do sandwiches, soups or leftovers every day for lunch so I don’t have to cook.)

  • I love to buy the shredded cheese there…saves tons of time in food prep.
    Batteries are also something that I need to get now that hurricane season is going full tilt.

  • Paper towels, toilet paper, tissues, dog food, napkins…the list goes on! If you bake bread, this is the place to get yeast. I love this store but try to limit my visits or we run out of room to store everything.

  • That dinner/sample thing. I do that too. Except I went at 5:30 a few weeks ago with my kids intending on that being dinner and they PULLED THE SAMPLES early!! I seriously complained to my check out person. I was forced to buy some healthy pizza from the snack bar. Geez, this comment might send social services to my door.

  • We buy the big beef tenderloin at Sam’s. And by “we”, I mean my husband because he’s the chef of the family. The tenderloin is typically around 60-70 dollars but renders the most tender, juicy, delicious steaks EVER!! We have yet to find any restaurant with such good steak (even the expensive, fine dining steakhouses). It generally lasts us for 7 or 8 meals, which means it feeds our family for less than $10 per meal. My husband makes killer sauces to go on the steak (peppercorn, brandy sauces…). I keep telling him he needs to bottle them and make us some dough, but cooking is just a hobby for him.

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    Kathleen!

    You’ve inspired me. I have NO idea how to buy steak. My husband just calls my steak “shoe leather.” I’m going to try the tenderloin at Sam’s. And you HAVE to wrangle your husband into coughing up his marinade recipes so you can post them on Saturday Stirrings.

    I am not kidding. 🙂

    Thanks!
    DeeDee

  • Oh, and one more thing…I buy the 5 lb. block of cheese, set my poor food processor to work, shred it all, and then bag it in separate baggies, freezing what we won’t use right away. HUGE money saver! Butter too is so much cheaper!

  • We prefer Costco over Sam’s Club. My staples there are: raw almonds, fresh salsa, mini-bell peppers, bananas, pretzel crisps, 5 gum, fresh blueberries, and the morning star black bean chipotle burgers, and hummus. Except for the gum and bananas, I selfishly buy the rest of that stuff for me. No one else in the family will touch the peppers and esp. not the hummus (more for me.) I feel kind of bad for spending all that money on my snobbish food items, but oh how I love them!

  • We don’t have enough pantry/freezer/fridge space to shop for much at Sam’s right now, but I do buy trash bags/ziploc bags there, those kinds of things are usually cheaper. 🙂

  • Thanks DeeDee! I’m new to the blogging world and still figuring these things out. Glad you enjoyed the blog! 🙂 I’ve enjoyed reading through yours and am getting some tips for homeschooling my 1st grader this year. Have a great weekend!

    Shiree

  • My most favorite money saving Sam’s item is the fresh chicken breasts…usually around $12 a pack. It’s huge! I divide it into freezer bags and stick them in the freezer we get about 4 or 5 meals worth.
    And, like you, I buy the string cheese – a VERY good deal.

  • I’m a Costco girl too…even though I love Sam’s. But I can always find the neatest gifts at Costco during Christmas season when I need a little something to check on the list.

    And their produce is so good. Concerning the samples….I know exactly where you are coming from. THey had a bag of “veggie stick crisps” in those small paper cups one afternoon. I had to try them first, but told the kids they tasted like Munchos chips to me. My son said even the green and orange ones?? They tried them, ate them, liked them. And then when I bought the bag and brought it home, they convienently forgot they liked them. UGH!

  • Not that I don’t love this post, but OhMY I am snorting at the comment left by Diaper Diaries, heehee!
    I don’t have a Costco very close so I only go about 3 times a year. What I love to do with meats though is to buy in bulk, separate them out into meal-sized portions, put them in ziplocs with marinade and then freeze them. When you defrost it, it marinates the meat and saves time. My Dad taught me that one. He’s pretty smart.

  • I am a Costco girl, myself. We shop there WEEKLY…oh my. The funny thing about your list for things you buy from there almost matches what we bought on Friday night at Costco. (flank steak, string cheese, Go-gurt, romaine hearts!)

    Flank steak is one of our favorite meals~I usually marinate it and then toss it in the freezer. Then a couple days before we want to use it, I pull it out of the freezer. SO EASY!!!

  • My main Sam’s staples are shredded cheese (it’s about a dollar/pound cheaper than even Aldi cheese here, and way better), sliced cheese (not the pre-wrapped kind, since we homeschool and I don’t NEED the wrapped kind because I don’t need to take it anywhere and it’s also much cheaper), yeast and baking powder. I make a lot of muffins, pancakes, waffles, biscuits, etc. and their baking powder is not only cheap, but aluminum free!!!