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Old 07-23-2012, 07:39 PM
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Ok this thought just came into my head. Would it be good idea for me to join Sams Club to get my preps at or would just shopping at Aldi and other stores for sale items be the best bet? Iv never been real fond of Sams Club but if I can get better prices there then it would be worth the hassle of going to one. Anyone have any thoughts on this?
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I've belonged to Sam's Club for several years. I only buy a few things there. Aldi just opened up nearby and I've made 1 trip and plan lots more. My call is shop around and save the Sam's membership fee for something else. FYI you can always get a shopping pass at Sam's and get what you need without joining.
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We have a Sam's membership and also shop at Aldi. They overlap, but not completely.

For everyday staples, Aldi is probably best.

For things in greater bulk, Sam's is better. The best SPAM price I could ever get was at Sam's. They have bulk rice, bulk popcorn (50# bag), bulk spices. You have to know your prices but there are many things at Sam's that are the best in price.
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Sam's is okay, but you have to make back the membership cost otherwise it isn't worth it. You also have to stick to your list because they have lots of wonderful things that magically jump into your cart that you really didn't need.

It seems to me that Sam's has a promotion from time to time -- like $15 for 15 weeks -- or something like that. If you could group your purchases during a time frame such as that you would save some cash over the $40 membership if you don't plan to shop there regularly.
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I've belonged to Sam's Club for several years. I only buy a few things there. Aldi just opened up nearby and I've made 1 trip and plan lots more. My call is shop around and save the Sam's membership fee for something else. FYI you can always get a shopping pass at Sam's and get what you need without joining.
Really! How do you do that? Is it easy to do?
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...You also have to stick to your list because they have lots of wonderful things that magically jump into your cart that you really didn't need.
I'm not the only one that happens to????
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Maybe I wasn't buying enough but I figured out that the savings didn't pay for the membership.
Can get the brand bulk cases of vegetables at giant eagle for close to the same price, etc.
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Thanks everyone for the remarks. I know that I dont like to shop at Sams Club. Its to big for me. I think for now I will stick with my smaller stores. Maybe will try to get one of those free passes for a day to do some shopping sometime.
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I used to belong to Sams. But seemed to part with at least 300 bucks EVERY trip. Now my local Sams has about 1/2 the stock they used to carry, not worth the membership fee any more. Our BJs is actually much better and they give out free trial memberships several times a year. In fact I have shopped there over 10 years and NEVER paid for a membership.

Our Aldis is good too. However somewhat limited as to what they carry.
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I have both Sam's and Costco memberships.

I think both offer a money back guarantee on the memberships, but I would check to be sure.
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I shop at both Aldi and Sam's Club/Wal-Mart. One thing I have noticed is the stamped expiration date on the canned goods. At least in my experience the date on Aldi canned goods is usually around a year from your purchase date while Wal-Mart is usually around 2 years. Like I said this is true for my local stores. As I've never shopped at other Aldi or Sam's I don't know if that holds true elsewhere. Just an interesting observation I wanted to share.
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We have a Sam's membership and also shop at Aldi. They overlap, but not completely.

For everyday staples, Aldi is probably best.

For things in greater bulk, Sam's is better. The best SPAM price I could ever get was at Sam's. They have bulk rice, bulk popcorn (50# bag), bulk spices. You have to know your prices but there are many things at Sam's that are the best in price.
Yup. Thats what we do. We hit Aldis for dry goods and canned goods. Then Sams for frozen stuff and meat and coffee and some other things. Incidentals we pick up at WM.
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I've got cans from my aldi's that are for 2 years off, the canned chicken is like 3 years I think. Aldis for a lot, elsewhere for the special stuff. I shop at walmart and aldis on a regular basis, the key is to know which is cheaper for what. Walmart milk 3.49, Aldis 2.89. for example
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I shop at both Aldi and Sam's Club/Wal-Mart. One thing I have noticed is the stamped expiration date on the canned goods. At least in my experience the date on Aldi canned goods is usually around a year from your purchase date while Wal-Mart is usually around 2 years. Like I said this is true for my local stores. As I've never shopped at other Aldi or Sam's I don't know if that holds true elsewhere. Just an interesting observation I wanted to share.
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I've got cans from my aldi's that are for 2 years off, the canned chicken is like 3 years I think.
Those dates are meaningless anyway. They're not an expiration date. They're a "best by" date picked arbitrarily by the cannery. Canned foods last pretty much indefinately as long as the can remains safely sealed. Since the food inside is sterile, it can't actually rot or spoil unless the can is damaged and allows bacteria inside. The taste and texture can go downhill over the years, but the food is safe to eat.
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I have a Sam's Club membership because I'm one of the officers in a non-profit organization, and I was selected to be the guy who goes to Sam's and gets the stuff they need. But otherwise, I wouldn't pay for one.

There's a few things I like - the bulk rice, the bulk salt, and a few others. Their canned food is generally the same price (or more expensive) as buying the same canned food at Wal-mart. Sam's Club just gets them in slightly different sizes so that it makes it difficult to compare (i.e. they might sell a 12 oz can of something at Wal-mart, and at Sam's they sell a 12 pack of 16 oz cans). But when you do the math, rarely are you saving money.

If you're going to get canned food and you want it on the cheap - then ALDI is for you. I've never had a problem taking lots of it, too. I've put several cases of canned foods in my cart, and the checkout lady doesn't even say anything. Their prices are cheaper than Sam's. Of course, they may not have quite the selection that Sam's does, either.
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Go to the service desk and ask for a day pass to check it out. Has worked for me at Costco and BJ's.
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i have costco for bulk stuff... shop at a local aldi on most weekends for food during the week
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We use Sam's, Walmart, and the grocery store for purchases for our business. We don't have an Aldi's near here.
Sometimes what we need is available in one store and not the other. Larger quanity doesn't mean cheaper/unit. We often buy lots of small quanities instead of a large bag.
Sam's is much cheaper on some items, not on others. Sam's usually only carries the name brand. Walmart and the grocery store carry the house brand.

It pays to shop around.
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Hit Aldi's, price out items, then check sams club online and see if its going to be better to purchase certain products there or not. I have both, but more frequently use aldi's.
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Anyone try Gordon Food Service?

GFS has a lot of dry goods at better prices if you buy bulk like Rice and flour in 50# bags. They also have large cans of soup, sauces and meat.

But even here you have to watch the prices. Some things are beat out by sales in normal grocery stores. Now that I am trying to loose weight, I don't buy a lot of their stuff anymore.

Also, if you have a bulk food store around, it can save. I once bought a 25# of Barley at the stores cost because he had ordered to much.
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