Sam's Club, a division of Wal-Mart stores, is a warehouse-style store where customers can buy food and other products in bulk. While shopping at Sam's Club and buying in bulk can lead to significant savings, you must balance these savings against the cost of a Sam's Club membership. Carefully considering and planning your purchases will help make Sam's Club worth it for you.
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Compare the available Sam's Club memberships. The Advantage Plus membership plan has additional health and medical discounts over the Advantage membership plan but also has a higher annual fee. Examine your yearly budget to decide if the extra expense is worth the savings.
Research all the discounts available with your Sam's Club membership. For example, Advantage and Advantage Plus memberships offer you discounts on auto parts and repair. If you don't know about a discount, you can't take advantage of it.
Plan your menus ahead of time. Buying food in bulk won't help you save if it goes bad before you eat it. Planning a menu that uses a combination of fresh, frozen and dry ingredients will help you make the most of your bulk food purchases.
Shop with a friend. Splitting bulk food purchases with someone else will help you get the savings of Sam's Club without worrying that you won't finish the food before its expiration date.
Avoid impulse buys. Stay away from free samples of food that isn't on your menu. If you see a plasma television or other expensive item at Sam's Club, don't just trust that it's a good deal; go home and research the price, comparing it to other stores. You can always come back and buy it later.
Clip coupons. According to a 2008 study by the Promotion Marketing Association, people who spend 10 minutes a week clipping coupons save £4 per week on average. You can easily access virtual Sam's Club coupons through your eValues account at the Sam's Club website or at in-store kiosks.
Tips and warnings
- You can purchase prescription medications at Sam's Club pharmacies even if you don't have a Sam's Club membership.
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