I went to Sam's Club, found giant food, and almost bought the whole store

What a dangerous, dangerous place

Amanda M posted in Food Fun
1w ago

If you don't know what Sam's Club is, it's basically like Costco - a big box wholesale store set up like a warehouse. They have packaged, fresh, and frozen foods, as well as paper products, home goods, electronics, clothes...you name it, they probably have it.

If you haven't been to a store like this, the first thing you must know is that you cannot see the back of the store when you go in. It's massive. We were there for four hours. Yes, you read that correctly.

So, the food! Most things are sold in bulk, so that means you must buy a package of three ketchup bottles, a three pound bag of jelly beans, or a pumpkin pie that feeds more than 20 people. The snack aisles have more square footage than my apartment. There are also gift sets for the holidays with everything from cheese and meats to hot chocolate mixes with enormous mugs.

They offer many name brands in every shape and form - snacks (chips, cookies, crackers, candies), fresh and prepackaged meats, cheeses, dips, fruits, veg, drinks. It's just as hard to list everything as it is to be there and take it all in.

Unless you want a box of 32 snack cakes or a 4.75 pound tub of chocolate chip cookie dough, your heart may be too weak to handle a place like this. We didn't buy too many snacks or food - I bought chocolate covered pretzels for the holidays and a meat/cheese gift set for family. My aunt bought her current obsession Cow Tails in a box of 36 and a bag of 50-some ravioli. We bought some chocolates for the rest of our family for Christmas.

Sam's Club also makes a ton of food on site - pastries, breads, ready-to-eat meals, chicken dishes, beef dishes, etc. And there are free samples dotted along the maze of aisles. The Sam's brand "Members Mark" has some surprisingly delicious options - I tried their chicken pot pie and it was perfectly savory and full of hearty white meat chicken, better than any frozen brand. I would have bought one, however I don't have an army nearby that needs some too.

You may be wondering what prices are like? Here in the US grocery prices are soaring due to standstills and backups at shipping ports on all sides of the country, which is causing shortages at many regular stores. Here at Sam's, prices were a steal and there wasn't a shortage of anything.

For example, my family loves those Lance peanut butter crackers. They pay about $4 for a box of eight packets. I found a box of 40 packets for about $7. A similar ratio held true to most items in the store, even non-food. You'll spend a few more dollars, but you get much more product.

You can see our cart and then the car packed generously with our "valuable prizes", as my aunt puts it.

All in all, Sam's Club is actually a much better shopping experience than Walmart, who owns them. The value at Walmart is great, but Sam's even surpasses it. I can't compare it to Costco because I've been to one. But there are so many reasons to check out Sam's Club (you need a membership or go with a friend/family member), even if you just want to check out all the giant food this place has to offer. It is truly astounding.

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Comments (17)

  • Same thing happended to me when friends introduced me to Costco, I went crazy with all of the food choices, many Keto choices as well (to my pleasant surprise) along with clothes, T.V.'s, laptops and the list goes on!

    Glad someone else is so enthralled with membership stores such as Sam's club and Costco, lots and lots of glorious food in very large quantities!! ๐Ÿ˜œ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

      6 days ago
  • I do like Sam's but for me it's not worth the cost of membership

      6 days ago
    • That's interesting Jane.. My aunt got her membership as a family member with someone else. Hers is like $24 per year I think? But true, it depends on how often you go

        4 days ago
    • Plus a lot of times if I wait for a good sale it can be cheaper to buy it at the regular grocery store

        4 days ago
  • We have have a Sam's club where we live as well but we never go there because I don't need a 3 gallon jar of jalapeรฑos or a case of mustard.๐Ÿคฃ

    If you have a big family it is a great store ๐Ÿ‘

      7 days ago
    • Haha that's exactly it ๐Ÿ˜‚ We thought the home items were great - towels, rugs, bedding. I was surprised at the quality

        6 days ago
    • When it comes to things like that yes they are good and at decent prices.

        6 days ago
  • As my Sam's Club card tells me every time I go through check out, I've been going to mine for over 21 years now. Every Wednesday. It's my go to store for most things from TP to meats and fish. Beer and the like are also very affordable (best prices on 19 Crimes wine anywhere). The things to look for, though are their online and flash deals. Tech items can be had for dirt cheap prices. For a few years I had both Sam's and Costco memberships, but the Sam's has ended up more valuable for me. And their housewares (like towels and such) are better than almost any others I've found. And do not even get me started on gasoline and tires!

      4 days ago
    • Awesome! You are a pro ๐Ÿ˜ I will have to check out their tech deals, thank you. I would like a new phone soon. And yes totally, they have their own "Hotel" brand of towels, sheets, etc and they were SO nice, thick and luxurious. I'm definitely...

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        4 days ago
  • "If you don't know what Sam's Club is, it's basically like Costco" but owned and run by Walmart so you crappy service and mediocre quality in bulk

      3 days ago
    • I've never been to a Costco, so I can't compare the two in terms of quality. However the Sam's Club in my area is quite nice and I've had great service. I'm sure like any store, the quality and experience varies across its locations.

        3 days ago