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Sam’s Club: Free entrance weekend for non-members (August 3-5, 2012)

Just a reminder!

Stop by Sam’s Club August 3-5, 2012 for their Get In Free Weekend. Non-members are able to enjoy the same prices as members during this special weekend.

No coupon is needed and no extra surcharges will be charged if you’re not a member.

Please note: Texas is not participating in this event as their Sam’s Club Get in Free Weekend has been bumped to later on this month to coincide with the Texas Tax-Free Weekend.

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  • Laura says:

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  • Lauren says:

    Does anyone have any suggestions of things that are good to buy at Sams in particular? A lot of people say formula/diapers, but I’ve found them to be similarly priced on Amazon. Is it worth the trip to Sam’s?

    • Sara says:

      My question too, Lauren. Does anyone out there blog on the best deals at warehouse clubs?

    • Christina H. says:

      I go only this one time every year and buy mostly baking supplies. I get their big container of pure vanilla, yeast, things like that. There isn’t much else there I would consider a “good deal” since I can get most other things with coupons cheaper.

      • Overall, I find that most items are just as cheap or cheaper at a grocery store using coupons than they are at Sam’s. However, I do purchase yeast at Sam’s, as it is drastically cheaper than the grocery store.

        For school supplies, I buy my kids’ binders and sheet protectors at Sam’s. I managed to pick up 8 one-inch view binders and a package of 200 sheet protectors for just over $20. A pack of 200 sheet protectors alone is $20 at Staples!

    • Heather says:

      Tampax. Even with coupons/sales, I rarely come close to beating Sam’s price.
      Olive oil
      Salt (although salt is still cheap at the store, so don’t go just for that)
      real vanilla
      cheese (in a 2 lb block- if you can eat that much – I don’t like it frozen)
      clearance clothing

    • Heidi says:

      I go there for many specifics. I have found that there are many things that are priced the same as the regular grocery store and that there are many things I can save on.
      Here are my specific “must purchase” at Sam’s items
      Pancake Syrup
      Peanut Butter
      Ranch Dressing
      Members Mark (their brand) toilet paper (I find it is comparable to Cottonelle)
      Members Mark paper towels, AMAZING
      All Laundry detergent
      AirWick plugins refills
      bottled water (all brands they carry are cheaper than regular pricing elsewhere)
      Eggo Waffles
      Ziplock bags
      Printer Ink
      and Garbage bags.
      I know it doesn’t seem like a selective list but trust me it is. There are many items that may seem like are great deals but if you are a couponer at all, they aren’t. For instance my family goes through a LOT of cereal. There isn’t one ce
      real available there that would be cheaper than coupons matched with sale ads.

      If you aren’t sure what you might normally spend on your normal needs, just grab a receipt or two and take them along.
      Happy Shopping!!!

  • Oralia R. says:

    I got shampoo/conditioner at the beginning of the yr and my shampoo is barely running out. I also got toothpaste and I have one tube left. I get pork chops every four months. They have a section that is reduced price. When I get home I seperate the pork chops in zip lock bags to freeze and they last about four months. The other day I got a box of 40 burgers for $24. Since its bulk size its good for me. Romaine lettuce is a bulk bag about $4-5 and it usually lasts me about 2 weeks. It would probably be best to make a list of what you would need and then go to check out the prices. Coffee is also good if your a coffee drinker. I got the membership at the beginning of the yr. I get two for the price of one if the other person resides at the same address. I live in the first floor apt of my parents house so I also added them to my membership.

  • Meredith says:

    Here are some things to check out. I go to Costco and my families comparison to SAMs is similar…..
    Certain cheeses (varies but ends up a lot cheaper)
    Organic meats
    Milk (for my region)
    Windshield wipers – trust me on this one
    Maple Syrup
    Organic Eggs
    Veggie burgers

    These are the things we buy. I am sure there are some other ones and of course prices probably vary.

    • Penny says:

      Here in Minnesota, I find that the store brand baby wipes, salsa, garbage bags, tuna, single serve yogurt, and milk are pretty good deals. A lot of other items are a good value only if you get their coupon book (as a member). It’s interesting that I’d suggest a different list if we were talking about Costco (whom I like better overall).

    • Li says:

      I’m not sure if this is nation wide, but our Sam’s Club is also not charging tax this weekend!

  • Kelly J says:

    Guess I know what I’m doing on Sunday!!!

  • Vanessa says:

    We go to Sam’s Club a lot, however we don’t buy much. Our reason for going so much is different then other people. My son has Cerebral Palsy and it’s one long walk from the front doors to the bakery where he can get a free cookie. (ok, it’s not really free it cost me $35 memebership a year) I always check for the orange stickers they are items that have been marked down. I also like to roam each row as if there is a “C” after the item number it’s on clearence. I have gotten some amazing deals there. 4lbs of pasta in nice rubbermaid container for .81cents. 3 pack of sparkling juice .81c, You never know what you will find on sale of course its not a good deal if it’s something that don’t use. My goal is to get my son to walk, he’s 4yrs old and if I find a good deal that’s a bonus! Just look around you never know what you will find, oh and most of our meat comes from there, marked down of course.

  • Rachel says:

    Thanks for posting this opportunity. I just may check them out, but I doubt I would ever switch to Sams. I just really enjoy shopping at Costco.

  • Kim says:

    I just got back from Sam’s. There was nothing tax free that I purchased today. I got:
    2 lb yeast $4.68
    6 gallons white vinegar (2 gallons = $3.58)
    2 liters cold pressed olive oil $9.98 (They also had 3 liters for under $15).
    10lbs pinto beans $8.93
    11 lbs (195 loads) Oxiclean $14.98

    I’ve found most food items to cost more there. Our Sam’s pasta price was >$1 for the equivalent of a regular size package today. I’ve purchased a 13 lb bag of baking soda there in the past–it was $6 something today. I use it & baking soda a lot for cleaning.
    I’ve also purchased liquid Member’s Mark handsoap there in the past, which I think was cheaper.

    Go to to check your local prices. You can enter your state & town to see what’s instock & your local pricing.

    • Melody says:

      I just go during the free weekend each year, but a few things are an amazing deal.

      My favorites –
      Pine Nuts
      Other nuts
      Olive Oil
      Good chocolate chips (giradelli – real vanilla)
      Maple syrup
      fancy cheeses (fresh mozzarella, brie)
      Vanilla extract

      Self control is a must, however.

      And many many things are not a good deal, so be cautious and do your research.

  • Diana says:

    Just fyi–you have to stop at the service/membership desk first if you’re a non-member. Somehow the folks at the door missed me as I was coming in, so I didn’t know that until I’d already waited in the checkout line. I had to wait again in the service desk line–oops! 🙂

    The big bags of baking soda are a very good deal if you use it for cleaning, and I second the votes for yeast, vinegar, and olive oil. A lot of other things here aren’t really that much savings off regular grocery store prices, but that may depend on your area!

  • Melissa says:

    I’m a member and I love Sams Club..I love the bakery items…the muffins are amazing and the cakes are great too…

  • kat says:

    Does anyone know if sam’s club accepts coupons? I want to buy almonds and hummus and have coupons for both. thanks 🙂

  • courtney says:

    Just a note: We had to pay a 10% surcharge on the shelf prices for not being a member today. We bought (3) 50lb bags of popcorn. Costco doesn’t carry it, and it’s cheaper than the little store coentainers.

  • Some friends of mine are feeling their grocery bills are too high and try to blame buying bulk. So, I added this post today.

  • I went today and actually spent just over $200 on items which does sound like a lot when you are use to couponing. However, couponing in my area lately seems to be a lot more effort than its worth. So I took this opportunity to check out Sam’s. While some items were more than I was willing to spend there were many I found at great prices!

    I purchased 25 lbs of flour for just under $9 a bag. Cheese was at WONDERFUL prices! Popcorn we go through like crazy and it came out to only $0.43 a lb! Vegetable oil, salt, yeast, garbage bags, k-cups, potatoes, onions, bananas were all at great prices. Many of the things I purchased usually do not have coupons for, or they were things that I felt like I got a better deal on even when using coupons.

    I feel like I have many things now also that I will be able to take a break from shopping for a while. And while there was confusion about the “open house” at my store…. in the end everything went well!

  • Deja says:

    In Texas, it’s actually NOT this weekend. You can shop online without being a member, but the Get In Free in person weekend is in two weeks. If you go to their website, you’ll notice an ** by the Get In Free banner. Scroll down the page, and you’ll see that it’s not for us this weekend… Tax Free weekend is in 2 weeks here.

    • Carla B. says:

      I just found this out the hard way. I got to the checkout then had to do the walk of shame and put everything back. My kids were in tears. I didn’t realize Texas was excluded.

  • Amy says:

    If they are anything like Costco, then organic meats, store brand baby wipes (not sure about diapers, we use cloth) and cat litter is cheaper than anywhere I have ever seen with sales plus coupons.

  • Melissa says:

    I went today and got 2 packages of yeast for less than $5 and a big bottle of vanilla for $6! These are the best deals i’ve seen. Not much else that was that great of a deal. A lot of the stuff wouldn’t be worth it if I had to pay to get in, but since it was free, we stocked up on some other items as well that don’t really go on sale/don’t have coupons.

    • Just went today. Most things were comparable prices, some were more (soda, most produce, cereal, etc). One thing that was an amazing deal was sour cream. I got a 5lb tub for under $7. I have a party coming up that I’m making my yummy homemade french onion dip for (which will need A LOT of sour cream) so I was pretty excited about that. I also got a couple 10lb bags of potatoes for $3.

  • Mark Davis says:

    Thank you for this post. During this economy It’s very hard to save money. I appreciate all the help and advice I can get. Great post I found it very helpful, Thank You

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