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.
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!