18 Things You Need To Buy At Sam’s Club


Sam's Club can be a bit . . . overwhelming to shop. The first time you push that giant cart through the door, you might wonder where on earth to begin.


And more importantly is everything at Sam's really a good deal?


The bulk sizes tend to mess with our math (and our minds ~ the temptation to buy big is real!) so it's so important to go in with a plan in place. 


In case you don't know how much you're spending for certain items, make sure to learn what the best price is on basic food pantry staples, so you never overpay just because you don't know what a good price even is.

On a recent trip though I was reminded of several items that are worth the cost of having a Sam's Club membership (especially when you can get a discounted membership like you can right now.)  


TIP: Right now there's a REALLY fun offer to get a Sam's Club Membership for only $8 after perks!



So here are 18 things you NEED to buy at Sam's Club when you shop . . . 

1. Meat

Sam's Club has great prices (most of the time!) on meat.  Snag a rotisserie chicken for $4.98 (which has a ton of meat and is well worth the price, just like Costco.) They also regularly carry boneless, skinless chicken breast for $1.99 per lb, and extra lean ground beef for $3.18/lb which is a pretty reasonable price right now.

2. Produce

Produce prices are really good at Sam's Club for the most part – a big 8lb bag of Sunkist Navel Oranges are just $6.98 this week, bananas are 44¢/lb, (the same price as Aldi), the Fuji Apples 6lb Bag is $7.98, and  Seedless Grapes are $2.99/lb.

**However, the important thing to remember is how much your family will actually eat – if half the bag of apples goes bad before you get to them, it's not a good deal after all!


3. Chips

My latest trip I was buying for a get-together and I was reminded how many AWESOME deals Sam's has on big bulk bags of chips and snacks.

Especially these Stacy's Pita Chips – only $5.96 for a 28 oz Bag is CRAZY cheap compared to the regular Target price of $3 for a 7.8 oz bag.

And folks – they had a bag of Skinny Pop that was half as tall as I am for only $2.87!



4. Kids' Snacks

From Goldfish to Granola Bars – there are great deals allll the way down this aisle of Sam's Club.  For instance, these Mott's Medleys are $7.73 for 90 pouches (like 9 regular boxes).  That's like paying 85¢ per box, and a 4 lb box of Pepperidge Farm Goldfish is only $7.87 this month!


(To compare, Kroger has Goldfish on sale this week for $.99 per 6.6 oz or 15¢ per ounce. The sale price this month at Sam's Club breaks down to 11¢ per ounce, so definitely a great time to stock up!)


5. Juice Boxes

Both juice boxes and those little individual size juices bottles for the kids to take to school are much better deals at Sam's Club than anywhere else.  Normally a 10-ct box of Capri Suns is $2.50 – but Sam's has a 40-pk for $5.58 right now.


6. Eggs

Sams has TWO 18-ct eggs for $3.71 – that breaks down to $1.23 a dozen and lower than most grocery stores.


7. B.A.C.O.N. 🙂 

Bacon can be SO expensive normally – so if it's something you cook up every weekend, you'll want to grab a big 4lb pack at Sam's Club!



8. Laundry Detergent

If you like Tide or Gain – heading to Sam's for a GIANT bottle might just save you some moo-lah.

A huge 225 oz bottle will run you $19.29 – whereas Walmart sells the 150 oz bottle for $18.87.  Granted – this is taking into account the instant savings coupon from this month's booklet – but I've noticed that there is a Tide coupon in almost EVERY month's booklet!


9. Bath Tissue

Sams Club bath tissue is good bath tissue – it might not be Charmin, but it's pretty darn good.  And it's almost ALWAYS one of the deals in the Instant Savings booklet that comes out monthly. (Like an instant coupon)  This pack contains 45 MEGA rolls (about the same as 4 regular rolls) for $18.48.

So that's like getting 180 regular size rolls, at a cost of about 10¢ per roll!


10. Milk

Where I live (and this varies a lot) a gallon of milk is at least $1 higher anywhere else – but Sam's Club always has it priced low! Don't forget to watch Aldi too though for great milk prices ~ it's only $1.69 at my local store. 


11. Sugar

A 10 lb bag of sugar is just $4.47.  Compare that to $2.50 – $3.50 for a 4 lb bag anywhere else, and it makes sense to buy this size and portion it into a big canister or ziploc bags!



12. Diapers?

Save BIG on diapers at Sam's Club when you buy these bulk size boxes.  For example, this 140 ct Huggies Little Movers Size 5 is $33.98 right now.  Walmart has the 132 count priced at a full $10 higher!

HINT: Want to get the very best deal though? ALWAYS check Amazon on diapers ~ they're actually just 20¢ per diaper over there when you clip the 20% off coupon and subscribe and save, so always do the math to make sure you're getting the very best deal. 

13. Condiments

Having a cookout or get-together where you'll need plenty of condiments for everyone?  While you may be able to occasionally purchase condiments like ketchup, mustard, salsa, salad dressing and the like at just pennies during a BOGO sale with coupons – on a normal day you'll likely less per ounce buying them at Sam's Club.

For example, the 16 oz bottle of Pace Salsa will normally run you $2 – $3.  At Sam's Club you can get nearly 5 TIMES that amount for only 4.98.  That's a HUGE discount!


14. Fries & Tater Tots

The big bags of fries, tater tots and the like are a good grab at Sam's – this 8 lb bag of Ore-Ida tater tots is just $4.98!



15. Baking Supplies

Chocolate chips, vanilla cxtract, flour and more are always a low price at Sam's.  For instance, a 60 oz box of Bisquick is $4.50 at Walmart – so this 96 oz box is a steal at $5.48!  (A great item to keep in the pantry for all sorts of recipes.)



16. Peanut Butter & Jelly

A 16 oz jar of Jif will run you around $2.50 at Walmart or Target.  At Sam's you can buy this 48 oz  Jif 2-Pack for only $9.28 – that's equivalent to 6 normal sized jars, and brings the cost to just $1.54 per jar!


17. Clothing

Sam's Club has some nice deals on clothing – and while not all of them are great buys, you can usually find some unexpectedly good deals on basics.  I recently picked up Champion athletic shorts in a very popular style for under $5.98, and adult-sized Reebok athletic shorts for just $12.  Keep your eyes peeled for clearance clothing as a season ends!


18. Seasonal Items

Now I will say that not everything is a good deal in the seasonal section.  Many things you can get on Amazon or other stores for a better price if you wait for a sale.  But there are a few good buys in every seasonal display – whether it be a nice big cooler bag in the summertime, or lawn tools in the Fall – just remember to give it a look!


And a few things NOT worth buying at Sam's Club…

“Fun” Office Supplies

While bulk staples, paperclips and the like ARE a good deal – the more exciting items like Sharpies and Gel Pens and Dry Erase Markers are MORE expensive than Amazon!



I've found that I can almost always get soda at the drugstore for less.  I aim for $2.50 per 12pk, and Sam's (even WITH the Instant Savings Coupon this month) still came out to around $3 per 12pk.


Frito-Lay Multipacks

You would assume that a 50ct box of Frito-Lay Chips would probably be an awesome deal at Sams.  You would be wrong!  Amazon consistently has the same price on this item – crazy!

Lots of things in electronics…

I did price checks on these video games for instance – and the LEGO Star Wars Game is $15 cheaper on Amazon!

I'm sure there are others I'm just not remembering at the moment – so I hope you'll comment with your favorite items to buy (or not buy!) as well 🙂

So, what do you think? Do you find it worth shopping Sam's for certain items, or would you rather save your money and shop only the grocery store? I'd love to hear your thoughts, as well as other items you've found to be a good (or bad) deal at Sam's Club.

Disclaimer: We are all different, and what I think is a decent price may be very different than what you think it is. These are just some guidelines to get you thinking about it, and I was surprised by what I found!


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  1. I can usually find staples for cheaper. Don’t buy junk food. So for me no
    Not worth it:-). Plus its a 3hr drive lol

  2. Amber McB says

    OTC Medicines – hands down cheaper than anywhere I’ve seen if you take daily meds & vitamins. I joined Sam’s 14 yrs ago when we had our first baby simply for diapers, wipes & formula. Three half grown boys later we don’t need bulk kiddie snacks or juice boxes anymore – but I still keep my membership for meds, milk, eggs, coffee, produce and meat.

  3. Anne Reynolds says

    I recently got a Sam’s Club membership again after about a 20 year absence ( it was just way too far to drive with fuel so high and it took most of a day to get there, shop and return home and I didn’t have that kind of time). They put one in about 45 mins from our rural town and now with two special needs grand babies that are still in diapers, even tho they are 2 & 6, it was getting to be quite an expense. So i started purchasing their diapers at Sam’s (it helps Mom and Dad out) then discovered they have coffee flavorings for sooo much cheaper than I can find them in my area as well as Kleenex (which we go thru like water thru a sieve because of allergies) and toilet paper and trash bags. The largest Peter Pan peanut butter is about $2.00 cheaper at Sam’s than locally…well, I could go on and on but it certainly is worth the yearly fee and 45 min drive once a month for our family.

  4. In my area we do not get Zaycon, so I’ve been getting meats in bulk from Sam’s Club and its working out very nicely. I’ve been very pleased with the bulk case prices and its usually ready for pick up the same day, you just have to ask the meat dept. (if there is not a person, there is some kind of buzzer to push by the doors) We’ve also done the bulk bakery orders of the long loaves of bread, dinner rolls and cookie cakes – each came in a case, UNBAKED and frozen, we did have to preorder those, but not a problem. We have saved alot of money for cookie cakes for birthdays since doing this.

  5. I’ve found that the frozen blueberries are an awesome price per ounce, about 7 cents per ounce cheaper than Aldi. My other favorite really great buy is the huge bags of On The Border tortilla chips for $3.88 a bag. In my area, milk is ALWAYS more expensive at Sam’s vs Aldi or Costco. One other item, if you like the Glade plug ins. The 6 pack with the new warmer, comes out to about $1.67 each plug in ($1.25 right now on sale). Way cheaper than the grocery store (I priced them at Meijer last week on a buy 2 get 1 sale). But don’t buy the 11 pack, those are more per plug in than the 6 pack, bigger isn’t always a better value.

  6. Deodorant. And Bob’s Red Mill Almond Flour! It’s the cheapest anywhere including the cheapest brand of almond flour at Wal-Mart. and Bob’s is the best for low-carb Baking.

  7. Rita McCay says

    Buying Member’s Mark trash bags for $10 is a great deal 13 gallon 100 count lasts me 4 months!

  8. We got a great deal on personal Checks and photo Christmas cards. Ordered on our home computer and picked up in store a week later for waayyy less than all the other on-line deals and coupon codes i was trying to mess with. This savings alone covered our yearly fee, since we needed over 100 Christmas cards.

  9. Tires are competitively priced, but they honor free balance, rotation, and inspection at no cost every few thousand miles. You can go to any Sam’s or Wal-Mart in the country. Great for peace of mind for my wife who travels. She went in for a rotation, they found a recall on her tires (that were well used might I add) and not only replaced them, but gave her money back because the tires were less expensive than when originally purchased.
    I also have a sports car with expensive tires, price couldn’t be beat at Sam’s and now I get them rotated while shopping. No wasted time.


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