Anyone who belongs to Sam’s Club knows what a magical place it can be. The deals… oh, such deals. The savings is highly satisfying.
There’s nothing like getting a great deal. And that’s what Sam’s Club is known for. They can offer such great deals because you’re buying in bulk.
But Sam’s Club shouldn’t be used for all of your grocery and home shopping needs. Some things are better purchased at the grocery store. Or maybe even online.
Here Are 25 Things You Should Buy At Sam’s Club And 15 Things You Should Never Buy At Sam’s Club:
1) Gift Cards
You really get a bang for your buck when you buy gift cards at Sam’s. You can save up to 20 percent off. For example, you can get $50 worth of Bob Evans Restaurant cards for only $39.99.
2) Party Food
Having a party? Head to Sam’s Club. You’ll save a ton on frozen appetizers, finger goods, and desserts.
3) Health Screenings
Why pay a co-pay when you can get a free health screening at Sam’s. The club periodically has free health screenings throughout the year. Find out if you have high blood pressure or diabetes.
Batteries are super expensive. But not if you buy them in bulk at Sam’s Club. Just remeber to check the expiration dates.
You can save loads of money on medicine at Sam’s Club. This includes both prescrition and non-prescription drugs. You can save up to 50 percent compared to the regular pharmacy.
6) Christmas Trees
Don’t get your Christmas tree from the side of the road or your local nursery. You’ll find them cheaper at Sam’s. However, you won’t be able to haggle at Sam’s.
7) Certain Dairy Products
Butter and cheese are almost always cheaper at Sam’s Club. You can save 30 to 50 percent. Eggs can be cheaper too but sometimes your grocery stores will have sales that make them a bit cheaper so check prices on them.
8) Brand Name Tires
Stop buying one tire at a time. You can buy all four or two at once for cheaper at Sam’s Club. They also offer great things like free warranties, repairs, and balancing.
9) Movie Tickets
After some popcorn and soda, going to the movies can cost you a fortune. You can get vouchers for movie tickets at Sam’s Club for much cheaper. You can also buy snacks there and sneak them in your purse.
10) Television Sets
You can find cheaper TVs at Sam’s Club, sometimes. It depends on the brand. You’ll also want to check online and for sales at local electronics stores because sometimes you can find them cheaper elsewhere. Just be sure to check first.
Some Sam’s Clubs have an adjacent liquor store. You can save up to 30 percent off on wine and liquor there. Best part is you don’t need a membership to shop there.
Flowers can be pretty pricey at the florist or supermarket. But sometimes you can save 50 percent off if you buy at Sam’s Club. You can get two dozen roses for the price of one.
13) Frozen Fruit
Frozen fruit is cheaper than fresh fruit. But it’s even cheaper when you buy it at Sam’s Club. You’ll just have to buy a lot more at once which is fine because you can just store it in your freezer.
14) Gourmet Cheeses
Lots of us just love our gourmet cheeses. But sometimes we have to skip out on them because they can get pricey. You’ll pay several dollars less at Sam’s Club.
Meat can be cheaper when you buy it in bulk. And you can just put it in your freezer and take out when you’re ready to cook. But you might want to check sales at your local grocery store because sometimes they can bring the cost down a tiny bit more during a sale.
16) Pet Supplies
If Sam’s Club carries your pet’s favorite brand of food then you’re in luck! You’ll find big savings here for pet supplies. They have food, litter, accessories, and even flea and tick treatments.
You will only have to buy disposable razors once if you get them at Sam’s Club. But you’ll save a ton of money. You can save up to 75 percent.
18) Rotisserie Chicken
Don’t feel like cooking? Grabbing a rotisserie chicken is an easy fix. But make sure you grab one from Sam’s Club where it will cost about $5.
Spices can be super expensive at the grocery store. And the containers are so small that you can use them up within just a few weeks. You can get larger containers for much cheaper.
20) Toilet Paper
Toilet paper is something you never want to run out of. You won’t have to if you bulk in bulk. You’ll also save a substantial amount of cash.
Fresh vegetables and fruits are a lot cheaper at Sam’s Club. However, you can’t freeze this or stock up on them. So, in order to get the savings you have to make sure you’re going to eat everything you buy before it goes bad.
Don’t buy bags of chips at the grocery store. Buy bigger ones at Sam’s Club. Just eat it before it goes stale or store excess in plastic zipper bags.
Sam’s Club is where you’ll want to head for back to school season. They’ve got great deals on all your kids favorites. Save on granola bars, fruit snacks, Goldfish and more.
If your family is big on bacon, you’ll want to head to Sam’s Club. They come in multiple packages at once. You can always freeze the unopened packages for up to one month.
25) Laundry Detergent
If you have a big family, then you’re doing a lot of laundry. That means you need a lot of laundry detergent. And if that’s the case then you need to go to Sam’s Club for detergent because you’ll pay a fortune at the grocery store.
You can find all kinds of electronics at Sam’s Club, like video games, cameras, computers, and more. Sometimes these deals are worthwhile, but sometimes they aren’t and can be found cheaper online or during sales at electronic stores. Make sure you shop around for other prices before you purchase.
27) Frito-Lay Multipacks
Who doesn’t want Cheetos in bulk? Well, lots of people but you might not want to buy in bulk from Sam’s Club. You can get them online for the same price or lower. Prices on these items are always changing and if you have a coupon, it could be cheaper at Sam’s
We can all agree that soda cans are best bought in bulk to have on hand when company comes by. However, sometimes getting it at Sam’s Club can cost you more. Check your local grocery or drug stores for sales.
Sam’s Club often sells luggage which seems like a great deal since they have high-quality offerings. However, you can probably get the same luggage for cheaper. Just search for coupon codes.
You can get great deals on coffee at Sam’s Club. There’s no doubt about that. But coffee doesn’t hold its quality for too long so you have to decide what’s more important for you.
Sam’s has good prices on bulk cereal. But sometimes you can save more money if you wait for your grocery store or places like Target to have sales and coupons for cereal. Also, bulk cereal can go stale once it’s opened and left in its big box.
Yes, you’ll save on condiments when you buy in bulk. But do you really need that enormous tub of mayo? If you’re not going to use it before it goes bad then you’re not saving money.
Books are something that always catches my eye at Sam’s Club. While they may be cheaper than the bookstore, you can find them cheaper elsewhere. Try Amazon instead.
34) CDs and DVDs
While it might be tempting to grab your favorite DVD when you see it at Sam’s you probably shouldn’t. You can find it for much cheaper elsewhere. Try searching online or buying during sales.
35) Canned Goods
Canned goods are a lose-lose situation at Sam’s Club. You’ll pay more per ounce. You’ll also be stuck with huge opened cans of food.
This may seem like a good deal at first glance, but it’s really not. These clothes are often shoddy and don’t last long. You’re better off searching the sale racks at Macy’s or JCPenny.
Again, might seem like a good idea but it’s not. You can find cheaper diapers at places like Target. And with the amount you go through, you definitely won’t want to pay more for these.
When you see something like a cute dresser at Sam’s Club, you think “Hey, I can use one of those.” You might want to think again. You can find these items cheaper online or from independent sellers.
Grocery stores always have sales on pasta. You can often find it for about $1. So, you’ll want to skip over this item at Sam’s Club.
You’ll want to skip the grocery store and Sam’s Club when it comes to toothpaste. The dollar store has the best bet for these. You won’t’ have to forgo the name brands either.