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Old 12-14-2012, 02:16 AM   #11
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Old 12-14-2012, 05:41 AM   #12
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We are a family of 6 and use Sam's. We buy:

rice
extra virgin, cold pressed olive oil
canola oil
some spices
sugars (brown, powdered, refined)
spaghetti sauces, salsa
some canned goods (nice for preparedness or for cooking for a crowd)
tortillas
sour cream, butter, parmesan cheese, creamer
produce (they have a mix of organic and non)
some chips
diapers/pullups/wipies (have had great luck with SC brand)
handsoap
toilet paper (scotts)
and some odds and ends
aluminum pans and foil for freezer cooking

I WISH they carried dried beans!

We have saved money shopping there (I usually make more than enough of food and freeze the extra for another meal). LOVE the click and pull program! When we do that I click on all non-refrigerated items and then when I get there, I go grab the cold stuff (doable with 4 kids because it's usually just 1-3 things).
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Old 12-14-2012, 09:56 AM   #13
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We are a family of 9 and shop at Sams once a month and Aldi once a month.

At Sams I buy..

Flour
Sugar (brown and white)
Rice
Honey
Coconut
Almonds
Craisins
Raisins
Cheerios (hate the generic)
Oatmeal
Cleaners and detergents (when I don't make my own)
Goodnights (cloth just doesn't cut it infortunatly)
Frozen mixed veggies
Frozen peas
Shredded cheese
Pinto beans
Meat (2 pot roast, 4 whole chicken, chicken thighs, ground meat, hotdogs)
Butter (8 boxes)
Milk and eggs occasionally
Any produce I need for the next two weeks
Yogurt

At Aldi
All canned goods
Produce
Milk
Snacks (sometimes)
Anything I'm out of before the next Sams run
Yogurt
Sour cream
Whole oats for granola
Pasta
Sauces
Ramen
Burritos
White beans
Tortillas (sometimes)
Bfast bars for Sundays
Size 5 diapers (occasionally)

Usually I spend $400 at Sams and about $150 at aldi.

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Old 12-14-2012, 10:03 PM   #14
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What do you mean bc of liquor laws? Here in pa we have both cotsco and Sams and we (until just recently) pretty much don't sell alcohol anywhere but beer distributers and state stores. Just curious...
I don't know the specifics just that OK has very restrictive wine/bottled liquor laws so Costco could not sell their own "Costco Brand" wine.... which i hear is quite an money maker for them, and part of their overall business model and therefore they won't come here. Sams only sells low point beers in cans/bottles like bud light and corona. There is no generic "Sams Beer" on the shelf.

I hope i am explaining that so it makes sense
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I don't know the specifics just that OK has very restrictive wine/bottled liquor laws so Costco could not sell their own "Costco Brand" wine.... which i hear is quite an money maker for them, and part of their overall business model and therefore they won't come here. Sams only sells low point beers in cans/bottles like bud light and corona. There is no generic "Sams Beer" on the shelf.

I hope i am explaining that so it makes sense
Not exactly relevant, but their Kirkland Brand liquors are actually fantastic. They have several excellent, inexpensive wines, as well as bar essentials like vodka and whiskey. Really, Costco prices on wine in general are amazing, not just their own brand.
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Old 12-15-2012, 08:19 AM   #16
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Re: Is Sams club worth it?

Currently it's just my husband and I (with baby on the way) so huge bulk often isn't very worth it to us. We do enjoy some things at Sams. We consistently use it for dog chews and coffee beans, and while we're there we'll shop around. We've also gotten good deals on larger purchases (a tv, and a book case).

My MIL added my husband to her membership so that we could go, which is awesome of her. If we were going to buy it ourselves I think I'd split the cost with a friend. One card for them, one card for me. The only downside to doing it this way is if you split with a friend and you live in a two adult household, the adult without a card can't go by themselves.
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Old 12-16-2012, 10:47 AM   #17
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Re: Is Sams club worth it?

For us Sams club was too expensive and only made us spend more, but you have more money in your grocery budget. For my family of 7 are budget is 500 to no more then 600 a month.
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