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 Are NOT 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 Zaycon Fresh at a drastically lower price and way better quality.
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?