After 11 years as a loyal member, I’ve decided to let my Sam’s Club membership lapse.
Location, location, location.
Convenience is everything to me these days, and while the Sams Club is only about 15 minutes away, I’d just rather not make the trek.
I guess I’m at that point in my life, where I’m tired of nickel-and-diming everything.
I’ve only just recently come to grips with the fact that driving 8 miles there and 8 miles back just to save $.03 on gas isn’t worth it. (The savings only amounts to a whole 50 cents!) If you’re there shopping, or you’re on that end of town anyway, then Sam’s Club gas is definitely a good deal, but if you’re not…
So, I’m perfectly content spending a couple pennies more here and there — like at the local Kroger — so long as I get the convenience of running in and running out, and keeping it under 3 miles of drive time.
HOWEVER, I am going to miss a few things at the trusty ‘ol Sam’s Club. They carry a handful of items that I just can’t find elsewhere, or prices that just can’t be beat, like:
… these full-size fillets of salmon are individually wrapped (vacuum-sealed!), and you get about 8 of them. (I never even liked salmon until I tried these!
2. Condiments, condiments, condiments.
- Jalapenos Like Jim, I like things hot, hot, hot!
- Vlasic Pickles — you can never have enough pickles!
- Ranch Dressing — who can’t use a 1 gallon tub of this stuff?!
- Kraft "real" mayonnaise (Thankfully, now I’ve got a new favorite mayonnaise: the upside down kind!)
As expensive as ink cartridges are these days, Sams Club always had the best buy on ink for our Epson R300 and HP 810 color printers.
4. Members Mark laundry detergent. It’s good stuff! Works as well as ERA — that I used to use. And, it consistently gets great ratings from Consumer Reports!
5. Heavy-duty kitchen & lawn bags. These things are seriously heavy-duty, and I love the drawstring closures. Bags like this are cheaper at Sam’s Club than anywhere else I’ve found.
6. Over the counter medications and supplements. Sam’s always had the best buy on mega-sized bottles of aspirin, vitamins, and the Member’s Mark version of Claritin-D (called Loratadine) worked better than Claritin, and cost much less!
8. Boneless, skinless chicken breasts. These are some big boobs… An excellent buy!
9. DiGiorno Pizza 3-packs. I’m not crazy about frozen pizza, but DiGiorno really bakes likes fresh-made pizza. And you can’t beat three pizzas for less than $10.
A Word About Sam’s Club Film Developing…
While I haven’t used it for years (since we went digital), the Sam’s Club prices for film developing are unbeatable. The quality is above average. The turnaround time is very quick. And you can get as many "sets" and "sizes" as you want — doubles, triples, 3×5, 4×6, 5×7.
Still Longing For Blackened Salmon…
And if I had to pick just one thing… I’d have to say that the blackened salmon is the one thing that I’ll miss the most. It’s hard to find a flavor and a price you love. And I’ve never spotted these I haven’t found these anywhere but Sam’s Club.
Oh well, perhaps I’ll just have to try making my own (…though it’s never quite the same).
Here’s a blackening spice recipe I found:
- 5 tablespoons kosher salt
- 5 tablespoons paprika
- 1 tablespoon dry thyme
- 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
…And some more salmon recipes here.
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