Do you have a membership to Sams club?

@estherlou (5026)
United States
October 21, 2007 12:01pm CST
Buying at Sams is usually cheaper, but you have to buy in bulk. I've always thought it was a neat thing, but with just two of us in the house, sometimes buying in bulk is not cheaper in the long run. And I just heard that the cost of the membership is $45 a year. Wow. Last time I looked into it, a few years ago, it was $25. Is the membership to Sams worthwhile?
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24 responses
• United States
21 Oct 07
i go to costco, which is just like sams. it actually makes me really excited to shop there and is a great way to save money... but you need to make sure you have room for a million (ok, so i exaggerate) rolls of toilet paper!!
@estherlou (5026)
• United States
21 Oct 07
Toilet paper is the one thing we buy in big quantities. LOL. So that would be beneficial.
• United States
22 Oct 07
its something than never goes bad... and you know you will always need it!!
@Savvynlady (3686)
• United States
21 Oct 07
yes, I believe it can be beneficial and worthwhile for you. I am a member and to be honest, I love their pizza. It is so delicious and worth it.
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• United States
14 May 08
I've been waiting for someone to vouch for their pizza. I've wanted to try it for quite some time, but always put it off for some reason. I guess the next time I go I will have to get one and try it. Any particular one you recommend?
@Debs_place (10551)
• United States
21 Oct 07
It is just 2 of us here, we belong to BJs and have found that we easily save that much in chicken alone. Then there is dog food and cereal and so many things. We easily save 4 or 5 times as much as the membership costs.
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@laurika (4537)
• United States
21 Oct 07
I don't have one and becuase we don't have one here.But I was there first time with my mtoher in-law and I really like that store.It is so much cheaper, but also they ahve so huge selection of frutis, what I like in the stores the most.Also I find there so many nice books and for such a good prices, i like that store a lot.The shame is only we don't have it here, so I don't know when I would have oportunity to go there again.I know you have to buy in bulk, but you still can divide with friends or neighbhour , taht is how she does it.
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@sedel1027 (17868)
• United States
21 Oct 07
For us it is and we only use it a few times a year. You really have to know your price though. If you don't you will never save money at Sams (well you will save money on name brand but often their cheap name brand prices are still not as cheap as the generic prices). It must have been awhile since you check on membership prices. It just increased to $45 either this year or last. Prior years we were paying $35 and we have had a membership for at least 5 years.
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@kgwat70 (13398)
• United States
21 Oct 07
I do not have a membership to Sams Club as we do not have one where I live. We do have BJS Wholesale and Costco but do not have memberships to them either. Since I am single, there is no need for me to buy in bulk plus I am not a believer in having to pay a membership fee to purchase food or other items. I think it is crazy to pay a membership fee.
@rusty2rusty (6751)
• Defiance, Ohio
21 Oct 07
I have a Sam's Club membership. I think it is really worth it. I have a family of five. So buying in bulk is a must for us. We shop at Sam's club every other month to stock up. But have gone in there more than once a month depending if we ran out of something we stocked up on. We now buy almost everything at Sam's Club when it comes to food wise. But do buy some other stuff at Wal-mrt.
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@slickcut (8141)
• United States
21 Oct 07
I use to have one but not anymore. My daughter has a sams card under her company and when i want to go i go under her name.It is cheaper if you are buying for a party or a wedding etc but like you it is just the two of us so it does not pay me to have a card.When i do go with my daughter I have gotten a few good deals,like on plants and things that i can use in applances..i enjoy going sometimes but i don't really don't go enough to actually get a card there.
• United States
21 Oct 07
I don't have a sam's near by my home. I am getting a costo card though. It's just 2 here as well. I do save when I buy in bulk at costco. It all depends on what your buying from them. I love cereal and love to buy a lot of it. I love to buy the kool aid Jammers as they have the choice in flavors. My local store on sells orange and grape. I buy my daughter's chips from the chip man when he stocks the store. So as not to keep running back and forth. I have to buy my favorite snacks in bulk. They charge .5 each or .10 each for them. I basically be buying the bucket for them. I also have started cooking so food would be great in bulk. So I don't have to sho often.
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@reinydawn (11651)
• United States
27 Oct 07
HAHAHAHA - usually is the key word there!! Some things like sodas and bread are more expensive at Sam's club than my grocery store. I used to buy all my cleaning supplies there, but have found a cheaper way without having to buy it in bulk (I shop factory-direct now, it's great). Although I don't have the problem now, my old house was way too small to keep storing gallons of shampoo just to save a dime. Now I buy quality products at a better price (without having to store 8 bottles of cleaning solution for future use). I do buy a lot of food products at Sam's. Their meats are better than my grocery store. I buy a huge package and the freezer bags to store them in and break them down into 2-people servings, freeze them and just use what I need as I need it. They also have salt for our water conditioner that is cheaper than anywhere else. My membership is free - my mom pays for it every year as my Christmas present. So, yeah, it's worth it for me. Would I still go if I had to pay for it myself? Not sure... What I'm saving is probably not how much the membership fee is... And the waiting in live for 2 days to get out of there is a pain also...
• United States
27 Oct 07
I used to have a membership and it was $35 last time I renenwed. I hardly ever used it, even though I thought the place was really neat. I remember once going there for something, like a bag of kitty food, or DVD because it was cheaper than other places. I didn't know that my membership had expired, so they added the $35 charge to my bill to re-new it again. But I never went back! So whatever I was buying because it was maybe one or two dollars cheaper ended up being $35 dollars more!!
@blackbriar (9126)
• United States
23 Oct 07
We are Sam's club members but if you are really into price-comparasions, not everything at Sam's is cheaper. I've discovered that some things are even cheaper at Aldi's or you can get some stuff cheaper at a reg. grocery store on sale. All in all, I still think it's worth buying in bulk at Sam's. Even for single ppl cause then with some stuff like toliet paper, paper towels, cleaners, etc. you won't have to buy nearly as often long as you have the space to store it all.
@sigma77 (5385)
• United States
22 Oct 07
Yes, I have a membership to Uncle Sam's club. I pay taxes! Oh sorry, that might not be the same club. lol
• United States
22 Oct 07
I have a membership at Costco and I could not live without it. We havea family of 4 now but when my Hubby and I were first married we still shopped at Costco because it was easier. I like to shop once a month and get it all done. Buying bulk has never been a problem for us.
@vokey9472 (1489)
• United States
22 Oct 07
I think the membership is worth it. My mother and I split the cost of the membership. It is just 3 people at her house and 3 at my house. So the idea of buying in bulk for just one household is silly to us. So what we do is split the items that we both use regularly like paper towels, bath tissue, trash bags. There are some food items that we need to buy in bulk like milk, my house goes through two gallons a week. I like to buy my laundry detergent there too. I like the idea of only having to buy it once every couple of months instead of every other week. I also buy my dog food at sam's. I have 4 dogs, it is much cheaper for me to buy my dog food and dog treats at sam's. So for us it is worth it.
@jillmalitz (5132)
• United States
22 Oct 07
I have one, but it is now out of date. I shooped there occasionally but I can not at this time justify the amount of money necessary for memebership and to me I dont think I have really saved any money. Like you say you have to buy so much in bulk and I dont always need that much. I have read studies that say Sam's and Costco dont really save you that much money. Add to that the membership cost and I really dont think there is real savings.
@mizrae (587)
• United States
22 Oct 07
At one time, I did have a membership. There were several of my family and I to divide up the bulk items (like six cans of corn, peas, or whatever). Now, it's pretty much just me and I do not find the cost is that much cheaper anymore to buy in bulk. For the longest time, I did continue buying the paper products (paper towels, toilet paper, kleenex - that type of thing) but now my local grocery store has their brand on these products at a much cheaper price. I try not to spend too much money on items that get thrown away.
@talisman (1308)
• United States
22 Oct 07
I don't have a membership to Sam's Club, but I do to Costco, which is a warehouse store just like Sam's Club. It's only two of us here as well, but it's still worthwhile and cheaper in the long run. Short run, no, long run, yes. The only time it wouldn't be cheaper in the long run is when it's a perishable item because then a lot would probably go to waste. Sometimes, my husband and I will split some Costco items with my mom or with other friends/family members, which is useful as well.
@kodie420 (872)
• Canada
22 Oct 07
Well I have never heard of this Sam's Club but it sounds a lot like Costco which we have here in Canada. I love this place mainly for the bulk items you can get on sale there. They have everything all in one spot which is perfect for a guy like me who doesn't drive and can't get everywhere so easily.
@arkaf61 (10891)
• Canada
22 Oct 07
I do have a sam's card and for our family it ends up being worth. We are four but my in laws shop with us and so that makes 6. We found very good deals in many different things that we purchased, and the membership was paid off by those. Of course it doesn't necessarily work for every one but for us it does.