Sam's is a wonderful store to shop at, especially if you like to stockpile or have a large family. Unfortunately, there are ways you could be overspending. Whether you're not comparing prices or don't have a membership, you could be wasting money. Let's take a closer look at how you're overspending at Sam's and how you can stop.
1. Not Comparing Prices Per Unit
Just because an item is being sold in bulk doesn't mean you're saving money. The best thing you can do is have a price book. You also want to use a calculator when you're in the store. Sam's usually does a great job at listing the price per unit. However, the price book will let you see how that price compares to other stores. Make a price book and list the items your family uses most often. Another great tip is to check prices on www.sams.com to see how they compare to your local grocery stores.
2. Buying More Than You Need
Another way you may be overspending is simply buying too much. While you may find an awesome deal on cheese doesn't mean your family will eat all that cheese. You need to carefully consider whether or not your family will eat it all or if there are ways to preserve it for later use, such as freezing.
3. Shopping When You're Hungry
Sam's is much more than canned food and dry goods. The bakery and snack sections are pure heaven and can be very tempting if you're hungry. Before you go shopping, make sure to have a good meal so that you don't come home with a case of candy bars and a large cake.
4. Not Being a Member
You can shop at Sam's without being a member. However, you will pay a percentage over the price listed on the shelves. If you're shopping at Sam's on a regular basis, it pays to have a membership. In some cases, you'll make your money back on the membership during one trip. Best of all, you'll get a sign up pack that is loaded with freebies.
5. Not Looking at the Sale
Last, but not least, if you are a member, you want to make sure you're looking at the sales. This will allow you to choose the best brands that month. For example, if your family eats candy, one brand may be on sale. If you check the sales, you'll be able to get the best prices possible.
Sam's is a great place to score good deals. However, you can end up overspending. The good news is that if you follow the tips in this article, you'll save money. All it takes is being careful and smart about how you shop.