Walmart v. Sams: Where Is The Best Deal?

April 11, 2011

 

Thank you so much A Frugal Chick for this great post

Just about every class I teach someone asks about Sam’s Club. I usually recommend that people go with BJs since they take manufacturer’s coupons. But in a side by side comparison I wondered- is Sams REALLY that much cheaper than Walmart?
So I took a stroll in both stores and randomly selected items to compare prices. These prices are for Chesapeake, VA and may vary a bit by area.
Here is what I found:

Sam’s Club Walmart
Bones
Season 1 & 2 DVD
$ 34.88 $ 29.96
Criminal Minds
Season 1
$ 26.88 $ 29.96
Tron DVD $ 17.98 $ 19.96
Tangled Blu-Ray/DVD $ 24.88 $ 24.96
Mary Higgins Clark
I’ll Walk Alone
$ 15.94 $ 18.19
Tina Fey
Bossypants
$ 14.94 $ 18.89
Boneless Skinless
Chicken Breasts
(Cheapest Ones)
$1.97 lb $1.88 lb
Cantaloupe $1.98 each $1.50 each
Bananas $.48 lb $.52 lb
Red Potatoes $.60 lb $.98 lb
One Gallon 1% Milk $3.02 $3.02
Horizon Organic Milk
Half Gallon
$3.19 $3.50
Strawberry Pop Tarts $.20 per tart $.22 per tart
Corona Bottles $.96 per bottle $1.00 per bottle
Cinnamon Toast Crunch $.136 per oz $.152 per oz
Finish Powerball Tabs $.14 per tab $.24 per tab
Diet Coke 2L $1.25 each $1.25 each
Eggland’s Best $2.16 per dozen $2.48 per dozen
Dove Bar Soap $.927 per bar $1.10 per bar
Tampax Pearl $.13 each $.19 each
Pantene Nature Fusion
Shampoo
$.197 per oz $.23 per oz
DiGiorno Frozen Pizza $4.33 each $5.75 each

So from looking at these numbers Sam’s Club is cheaper on most items (although the quantities are VERY different). However all of these numbers leave out one very important part in the equation- COUPONS!
Many of the items above regularly have coupons and they can not be used at Sam’s Club. So before you considering getting or renewing a membership check it all out!

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Stephanie April 11, 2011 at 1:59 pm

The only thing I’ve really found worthwhile @ Sam’s is some of their own Member’s Mark products (like stick butter and coffee) in bulk, as well as fresh meats and hot dogs.

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Natalie April 12, 2011 at 6:51 am

I shop at Sam’s regularly but for only the same 15 or so items. I don’t have the numbers to back it up at my fingertips, and I refuse to go to Walmart (way too much chaos for me) however… Sam’s has great prices (it seems to me) on Hawaiian rolls, Altoids, hot dog buns, Bacardi, Cascade dishsoap pouches, Hot Pockets, & Red Bull… but again, I can’t take Walmart so I am comparing to the grocery store & Target. I also purchase some of their store brand items like Benedryl. I think butter is cheap as well. I used to purchase my books there, but I received a Kindle for Xmas. My card is thru work, so I don’t have to pay a membership fee, which makes it more worthwhile as well, plus I can go extra early with the business membership to avoid chaos (did I mention I hate chaos shopping LOL)

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ariavalluna76 May 23, 2011 at 1:37 am

I live in the hometown of Wal-Mart & Sam’s Club; which means we do not have the selections of stores like many people do. I debated getting a Sam’s Card because the bill can really add up fast. One of the things I do is ask myself: Do I need this much? Do I have the Space? What is the quality? And is it cheaper? I have found a few things that I prefer Sam’s over Wal-Mart: Their produce is really great and the prices are very reasonable especially for the quality. The dairy is generally cheaper than even the Wal-Mart generic brand. The meat is also better and it helps keep monthly prices down if you can buy it in bulk. I wish their was a bigger selection of animal products since they tend to be cheaper and it really bothers me that they will carry something in bulk without letting us know that this is a limited time item; coffee being one of them. Anyways, I have found that a lot of stores have their pluses and minuses.

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Jennifer June 21, 2012 at 9:27 pm

If you want to avoid Wal-Mart chaos, do your shopping before 7 am. The wierdos don’t get out of bed ’till 10 ;)

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