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  • MC = Manufacturer Coupon
  • SS = Smart Source
  • RP = Red Plum
  • PG = Proctor and Gamble
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  • WYB = When You Buy
  • B1G1 = Buy One Get One Free
  • .75/1 = 75 cents off one item
  • .75/3 = 75 cents off three items
  • EXP = Expiration Date

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If you ever wanted to try out Sam’s Club here is your chance! Sam’s Club is having an open house this weekend, 8/5-8/7. This means that non-members can shop too and the 10% service fee is also waived.

The event is designed for back-to-college shopping, but you could also stock up on a few items or just use it as a time to compare prices.

As a bonus, this could be your tax-free shopping weekend. If so, enjoy the extra savings!

Please remember that you really can save more by shopping at a grocery store for most items, but you will find good deals on meat, produce, and dairy products at Sam’s Club.

    • Lovemygoldens84

      Does Sam's club accept coupons? thanks

      • thompson

        The Sam's club in Greenville, SC only accepts Sam's coupons. I was told I could upgrade my membership to begin receiving the coupons. However, this was before this huge surge in coupon use, so I would call and ask. Maybe they have relaxed the policy. We can hope.

      • Lisa

        Nope! Only B.J's will accept manufacturer coupons. You can ask at the desk or call your store. I dropped my membership last year.

      • rachel

        they do not take coupons

    • Selena

      I was JUST looking at Sam's Club website for buying meat in bulk this morning! I am completely out of meat and both my fridge and freezer have seen fuller days. Can anyone advice me on how/what to buy meat at Sam's Club to get the most for my families money? Are the produce prices better than local farmers markets like the Jacksonville, FL farmers market? Thank for for ANY advice.

      • Lisa

        Meat and Sam's club – this is my take. I tried their chicken. It is injected with a solution and tastes salty – think Walmart quality and fatness. If you shop at farmers markets then health is important to you – you may want to pass on Sams Club meat. I have had good luck getting meats (greenwise and organic) from Sweetbay, Publix and Target. I check all three stores every week and frequently find organic beef markdowns at Target on Saturday morning. But you are right, meat is a major issue – it is getting expensive. Sam's Club will get you giant packages for a “decent” price per pound on the spot. I tried it once and returned my entire package. I will not buy meat at Walmart or Sam's Club anymore. I prefer to eat vegan a couple days a week or use less meat. Quality over quantity.

      • Snowski824

        I always get pork tenderloin there. I think it's even name brand and it's the best price I've seen in a while.

      • Thanks to Jenny, I was able to go and compare prices at Sam's Club today. To be completely honest, there weren't really any meat products that wowed me. I did get a GORGEOUS looking flank of salmon that was $7-something a pound (better than the close to $10 a pound that I've been seeing lately), but all the other meat was the same price or more expensive. Even their bargain chicken breasts were more expensive than what I can find at Walmart, and the quality looked identical.

    • Ellie

      So, do we just go in? I actually have only been to a Sam's once with a friend, but there is one in the town we moved to. If anyone has already gone today and can enlighten me? I was thinking about looking at their bulk spice prices.

      • Ellie

        That is…if they have any spices that aren't from China

      • guest

        You need to stop buy customer service and get a pass.  It will have a code on it they used at check out.  If you don't have the pass you can't check out.

    • Heather

      My family shops at BJ's. We split a membership with a friend. They accept coupons & put out their own coupons that you can stack. Also, if your are buying some with multiples in a pack & the barcodes are visible for each item (say a 2 pack of bottled juice), you can use a mfr. Q for each item. We like it for meat prices. I've compared prices of theirs to grocery stores & they are by far the cheapest (even on a good sale).

      • Mrs. M

        BJ's is my favorite too!!! I love the coupon stacking and the meat prices are awesome!!! I also like to buy the multipacks of toothpaste and use 5 mfr. coupons and a BJ's coupon. Their prices are way better than walmart in my opinion:)

    • chi

      Remember to stop by the customer service desk before shopping to get the temporary membership code to check out (or check out at the service desk). 
      Last time they had the free week (i don't remember how long the event was) i spent 15 minutes waiting for my turn at the regular check out lane, just to find out that they cannot check me out without the code from customer service.

      • jessc5

        Yes!  We did the same thing this morning.  No one told us to get a pass.  So when it was time to check out, we loaded everything onto the belt, only to end up holding up the long line because we had no pass. Kind of embarrassing…wish they would have said something when we walked in.

    • jessc5

      Check out my post in the Southern Savers Community, “What do you buy at Sam's”.  There are several products that were suggested.  We went this morning and found several good deals on things we use alot.

      • Guester

        wheres thr community?

        • jessc5

          Look on the right hand side of the screen.  You might have to scroll down a little, but you should see it.  It is below the workshop calendar.

      • Dianne L

        I can't find our your post. Can you tell me where to look? Thanks!

    • Jdesantis

      Jenny,

      I attended your class on Monday at Batesburg. I took 2 whole pages of notes and I have been couponing for 30 years! Please continue to do these classes as you are an inspiration to us all. I do consider myself an extreme couponer, but not crazy like on TV. I believe that God has given me a talent to shop wisely. I shop for mutliple missions and can do so much with limited funds. I do not have a stockpile as I try to donate it all within 6 weeks. Thanks again for helping my ministry!  Janet DeSantis – Wagener, SC

    • Sarcasticangel_82

      My husband and I buy meat there….it has always been high quality and we feel like we save a lot of money doing this. I freeze the extra and it still looks great when unfrozen!

    • Srgordon

      Also, if you become a memeber at the HIckory, NC Sam's Club we'll give you a pizza.  There is also a credit promotion going on if you get approved for a credit card and spend $100 Sam's will take $40 off or if you spend $50 than it will be $20 off.  I am a sale associate at Sam's

    • Sam

      I got a bulk freezer cooking cookbook called “Fix Freeze Feast” from Amazon recently that is specifically geared to shopping at warehouse stores, and especially geared to the exact big packages of meat that they sell there.    If anyone ever wanted to try freezer cooking that is more geared to how to shop rather than how to cook, I highly recommend it.  I've liked everything I've made so far!     You can process your meals easily when the package sizes line up!  

      At Sam's we buy gas, milk, paper products, produce (very high quality, apples, peppers, humongous packages of baby spinach, etc etc) lots of meat, including flank steak, ribeyes, boneless chicken, ground turkey, sausages,  salmon.  I could go on and on.   My husband and I are reducing carbs, so this has helped a lot.
      Many of the snack items are also pretty good deals also even without coupons.  Nature's Own bread, bottled drinks, Greek Yogurts.

      • momof3

        I actually prefer “Don't Panic–Dinner's in the Freezer!”  (I have both books.)  It's more geared toward fresh healthier foods than the other, although I have that one as well..

    • Watch if you have a Sam'sPlus membership and got it for $9 or some reduced amount, as they will renew it and charge you $65. The little bit the eValues have saved me was worth the $9, but certainly not the added $65. Savings on things I will never use is no real saving.

      The problem with Sams is most of their boxed products come in assortments and they invariably have 1 or more that we never eat rendering any little savings worse than worthless, as you are now losing money big time.

      Their fresh baked bread is fairly decent, but you could never eat all of it that you have to buy unless you had 6 kids. Their bag bread always seems just ready to go stale.

    • Anita

      Jenny thanks for letting me know about this Sam's Club weekend promotion. I went last night – Friday and purchased an HP laptop computer for $599 but I got a $40 credit for getting a Sam's credit card and 12 months no interest financing,