Having a large family means a larger everything, a larger vehicle, house, meals, bills, and more. However, a large family does not have to equate to a large grocery bill. I am the mother of five, with a new baby, two tweens, one teen, and an eight year old. In addition, my husband who is 6’4″, is built like a NFL linebacker. Before we realized the value of Sam’s Club, we were making long, expensive, shopping trips to Wal-Mart using two shopping carts to accommodate shopping for seven. With our membership at Sam’s Club, we are able to shop with one cart and save a sizable amount of money. Here are my tips to make the most of your membership.
Use Your Corporate Discount
Before you rush out the door to the nearest Sam’s Club, find out if you have a corporate discount. As a first time member, I received half off my membership using my benefits from work.
Shop from Home
Sam’s offers an awesome service called “Click n Pull’. Shop for what you need at the Sam’s Club website, select “pick up in store” at the checkout, and your order will be ready to pick up by 7am the next day. Visit www.samsclub.com for more information on this service.
The More the Merrier
If you are going to shop at a warehouse, why not take advantage of the discounted bulk rates on the items your family uses the most? I can buy two large bags of Enfamil formula for $39; one bag at the local grocery store runs about $25. Horizon organic milk costs nearly $5 for a half gallon at the local grocery store, at Sam’s I purchase three half gallons nearly $11. Regular milk is also a steal.
The Bigger the Membership, the Bigger the Savings
The first tier membership at Sam’s Club costs $40. However, for a $100 membership you can enter the club during early morning hours, 7:00-10am, when it is less crowded. You will enjoy exclusive discounts on the products that you shop for the most. You will not need to do anything special to receive the discounts; however, you can stop at the kiosk near the entrance of the club and print your deals each time you shop.
Less Pain at the Pump
Lastly, the best deal Sam’s has to offer is the discounted gas. We own two vehicles; one is an eight seat Expedition. We are grateful for every penny saved. On average Sam’s gas is anywhere from 10 to 15 cents cheaper per gallon than the gas everywhere else in town. Beware, the gas pumps close shortly before the club closes for the night, be sure to arrive during business hours.