10 Things Sam’s Club Employees Want You to Know

Every secret you’ve ever wanted to know about Sam’s Club, including where you’ll find the most surprising deals!

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Member’s Mark food is pretty darn good

Member’s Mark, the Sam’s house brand, spends up to a year developing new items. Before it gets put on the shelf for shoppers, each product has to pass several blind taste tests. Is that how they get the famous Snack Mix so savory, crunchy and perfect? (Here are our favorites if you can’t make it to a Sam’s.)

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The gift cards are a steal

You can buy a $50 gift card for Fuddruckers, Build-A-Bear or other spots for only $39. In other words, you’re automatically saving 20%! It’s a pretty sweet deal, like this unicorn layer cake.

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You can actually request products

If you want a specific product that’s not in stock at your local Club, you can email Sam’s to request that item. There’s no guarantee they’ll start carrying, say, your preferred brand of chicken tenders, but they do promise to look into it.

Psst… We tried seven brands of chicken tenders to find the best buy.

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Everyone can eat at the Sam’s Club café

You can use the Sam’s Club café even if you’re not a member! That means you can get a Sam’s Club hot dog and a soda for $1.50 whenever you want. You’ll always have access to the tasty churros, too.

Here’s how to shop at Sam’s without a membership.

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The Sam’s pharmacy will help you out

You can bring a list of your medications to a Sam’s Club pharmacy to look over with a pharmacist. It saved one couple $9,000 a year on their prescriptions. $9,000!

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Plus members get extra perks

From 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. during the week and 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Saturday, Plus members have access to early shopping hours. You have the floor to yourself while you look for that 9-lb. tub of cookies ‘n’ cream frosting.

See more perks from Sam’s and other grocery stores.

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You can buy wedding flowers

Let’s pick up chicken, chips and…flowers? You can order flowers like roses plus greenery in bulk and DIY your own bouquets and arrangements, or order pre-made bouquets. Either way, you’ll save a neat 20-40%.

And may we suggest these delicious wedding favors?

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The paper plates are cheap—and durable

More affordable than even Amazon’s house brand, the Member’s Mark paper plates won’t bend or leak, and are cut-resistant. They stand up to any barbecue or party—and we may never buy other paper plates again.

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The appliances are a cool deal

If you’re remodeling your kitchen, it might be worth shopping at Sam’s. When you save close to $150 on your new refrigerator, it will more than pay for a Plus membership! You’d even have enough savings left over to make a grocery run.

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You should check the unit price

More isn’t always better. To make sure you get the best deal, check the unit price on each product. You may be better off buying some items in a smaller quantity at budget grocery stores like Aldi or Trader Joe’s.

Lara Eucalano
Lara is a writer, editor and gardener who loves to cook almost as much as she loves to eat. She will absolutely hop on a plane in search of good food!