I am guilty of having a Sam’s Club Membership. I know I blog about couponing, and Sam’s Club does not accept coupons. I felt like I could still get some deals on produce and meat. Well, I am not renewing my Sam’s Club Membership, and this is why.
Prices aren’t lower
I know my prices. That is what I do. My job is knowing if prices are at their lowest, and Sam’s Clubs are not. Why do I pay $45 a year to “belong” to Sam’s Club, when their prices are the same or very close to Walmart or other retailers. I have even found some items to be more expensive. I can get my produce at Aldi, and meat from Walmart for the same price or lower.
They Don’t Accept Coupons
Sam’s Club does not accept coupons, but they do have these new e-values that you can take advantage of if you upgrade your membership (by paying almost $100 a year). These values are chosen by Sam’s club and you can only use them once per membership. Not enticing enough to make me sign up.
Heavy on the Sales Pitch
Now, I pay for my Sam’s Club Membership to get low prices, and to have a hassle free shopping experience. However, every time I go into Sam’s Club I am approached with a sales pitch. Lately they want me to sign up for Directv, upgrade my Sam’s Membership, or Purchase a TV. I am sorry, but I pay a yearly fee to go about my business. I really don’t want to be nagged every time I go into the store.
Quality over Quantity
I purchased a 5 lb bag of Oranges for my family last week. (My last trip to Sam’s.) Within 2 days they were moldy. I understand that I can carry that bag of moldy oranges back and get my money back (Which I will do), but I shouldn’t have to. The point is I am paying a premium to have a quality shopping experience. I really feel that I am not getting what I am paying for.
Where Will I Shop?
I will continue to shop the sales and my local stores with coupons. If I find I am missing my big Sam’s Club purchases, I know I can buy the same items at Walmart for comparable prices. I think it is all in being prepared and making time to plan my trips. If I stay organized and shop the my local sales, I know I will save plenty of money and continue to have the food my family needs on hand.
How do you feel about Sam’s Club and other warehouse stores? Do you have a membership?