I love me a good ol’ Sam’s Club shop! I have had a Sam’s Club Membership for as long as I can remember, whether it was my parent’s membership or mine, and I think its 100% worth it.
As long as you have room in your home, I think buying in bulk is the way to go! I save tons of money on many of the items I routinely buy at Sam’s..and for some of these “routinely” means 1-2 per year!
So, I thought I would share with you some of the items I get when I take a trip to Sam’s! That way you can decide for yourself whether membership to a wholesale club is right for you.
While I will be talking about Sam’s Club in this post, I am sure you would have similar experiences at any of the “wholesale clubs.” So, you may want to try whichever one is closest to you!
Food is one of my favorite things to buy at Sam’s. You just have to be careful with anything perishable. Make sure you either plan to meal prep or freeze everything so nothing goes to waste.
Being on Ideal Protein I go through A LOT of produce every week. So, going to Sam’s for things like lettuce and broccoli is the way to go. I would be paying these same prices for waaaay smaller bags of these items at the regular grocery store.
Frozen food items are the best. You buy them, you use them as you need them, and they can be stored in your freezer for the long (ish) haul. My two favorite are the peeled raw shrimp and the fully cooked chicken breasts. If I am ever in a rush to cook dinner these can be cooked and ready in under 30 minutes! My protein for the day is set!
As far as pantry items I always go to Rotel (I put that stuff in everything!) and salt and pepper. The salt and pepper grinders are one of those items I only buy about 2 times per year because they are so big!
No matter what the cleaning product is for, I think Sam’s is the best place to get them. I buy these items rather infrequently and never have to worry about running out!
Here are my 1-2 per year purchases – dishwasher tabs, dusters, trash bags, toilet paper, and paper towels.
Here are the items I buy slightly more frequently – laundry beads, laundry detergent, and toilet bowl cleaner. Not shown but I always buy this way is dryer sheets.
Beauty and Wellness
Beauty and wellness items can get expensive! That’s why I am not afraid to buy them in bulk and even try out the Sam’s Club brand. The store brand is just as good as the name brand stuff and is usually a couple bucks cheaper!
And I really like getting any dental hygiene products at Sam’s because they are SIGNIFICANTLY cheaper than buying them one at a time!
For a long time, I sort of bypassed the clothing section in Sam’s Club. The selection is limited and I didn’t think they would have anything I liked…well I was wrong! If you are looking for workout clothes – leggings, shirts, socks – it’s a great place to look for cheap, reliable items.
There are also a lot of miscellaneous items that you can get at Sam’s Club that you might not think about:
- Gas – if your club has gas pumps the savings is usually pretty good. Sometimes I have seen up to 10 cents cheaper!
- Bedding – the bed sheets they sell at Sam’s Club are top notch! And, I love these pillows they sell there – 2 pillows for under $10!
- Books and magazines – if you are headed on vacation and need some reading material this is the place to get it!
- Photos – every once in a while I will print out photos I have taken (yeah I am old and still like to have hard copies!) Sam’s is a great place to get them printed. You can upload them online and pick them up in store in about an hour!
And that’s it! Clearly, I really enjoy belonging to a wholesale club…and I think the prices show that I do save money shopping this way.
What is your favorite wholesale club? What are your go-to purchases? Let me know in the comments! 🙂