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Old 03-14-2015, 02:19 PM
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Thanks, you summed it up very well. I'm surprised that the annual fee is now $100. When I went many years ago I think it was about $25.
A regular annual membership is $45.
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Thanks, you summed it up very well. I'm surprised that the annual fee is now $100. When I went many years ago I think it was about $25.
There are different levels of membership at Sam's Club:

Sam's Savings $45
Sam's Business $45
Sam's Plus $100
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We have SAMs and Costco. Shop both equally and there is only two of us
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We have SAMs and Costco. Shop both equally and there is only two of us
His and Hers? I agree with you though. I like both and use both.
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Great for bubble cushion mailing envelopes and bubble wrap.
240 sq ft of Scotch bubble wrap = $12.98 / Office Depot 175 sq ft = $42.39
25 8.5" x 11" mailers $6.98 / Office Depot $14.99
This alone paid for my yearly membership.
Sometimes great deals on DVDs too.
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Occasionally Sams Club has stuff that no one else has. Like the white and dark chocolate popcorn around Christmas time. Wow that stuff is to die for!
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Put a few things in your cart, then just wonder around the club and eat the free samples.



Seriously, The Sams Credit Card is excellent! 5% on gas, 3% on restaurants and travel.
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Occasionally Sams Club has stuff that no one else has. Like the white and dark chocolate popcorn around Christmas time. Wow that stuff is to die for!
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Put a few things in your cart, then just wonder around the club and eat the free samples.



Seriously, The Sams Credit Card is excellent! 5% on gas, 3% of restaurants and travel. But, you need the more expensive membership.
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VPL would never partake of chocolate popcorn or the free samples, and I think he is single, so stocking up on paper products would require quite a lot of storage space. I think Sam's is not for him for the most part. Probably not worth the yearly fee.

Sorry to refer to you in the third person on your own thread, VPL. I was answering two other posters.
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I heard good things about their photo developing. Do you need to be a member to get your photos developed?
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I heard good things about their photo developing. Do you need to be a member to get your photos developed?
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I heard good things about their photo developing. Do you need to be a member to get your photos developed?
Do people still get photo's developed?
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I only visited a Sam's Club once, and it was over 20 years ago. It was in Lakeland, FL. and was about a half hour drive from my central Florida home.
Basically, I just looked at the food section because I didn't have a lot of time.

I didn't like anything about it because everything came in jumbo sizes. It seems it might be good for a big family? Also, I thought it was ridiculous that one would have to pay a fee to join.

Has anything changed in 20+ years to make it better? I've never visited Sam's Club in The Villages.
I doubt it. No use rushing over there to see.
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The basic idea of a food club, whether it be Sam's or Costco or BJ's or whatever is that you save money by buying large quantities at near wholesale prices.

I agree, it's better for large families, but you can save on certain items. They have good deals on electronics and other large purchases. We go about once a month and stock up on non perishables such as paper towels and cleaning products. We also buy almost a month's worth of meat and stock the freezer. For things that we need to buy fresh we make a run to Publix or Winn Dixie. But over the course of a year, we find that we save well over the $100 annual fee. We also get gas there which is usually only a few cents cheaper than other local stations, but it's not out of the way so every little bit helps.
I am a member of a "large " family of two that manages to spend $300-400
at Sam's each month. Membership fee is paid for annually just with savings on gas for two cars. Need to be a wise shopper as many items are not the bargains they seem to be.
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They have great prices on quality brand name tires and lifetime free flat repairs.
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I have a membership at both Sam's Club and Costco. Sam's is nearly as good as Costco, in my opinion, and it is not worth the 1+ hour drive to Costco from The Villages. If Costco were close by, I might stick with Costco, but until then, I'll be happy with Sam's.
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