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Saturday, May 21, 2022

I'm a member...

Spring has sprung, it almost feels like summer, getting into the upper 90s during the day, but it will not really be summer until it stays warm overnight. Currently, it still drops down into the upper 40s and 50s during the nighttime. I really love that about where I live, being in the high desert mountains of far west Texas, pretty much no matter how hot it gets during the day, it cools off nicely at night. I keep a long sleeve flannel shirt in my truck year round, I don't have to use it often, but it's nice to have around on those cooler evenings. How is it where you live?

Here's something new I'm doing... Since I live in a very rural area, I have no big stores nearby, the closest town to me is around 20 miles away, and that is a microscopic town, one small grocery store, one dollar store and that's about it. The nearest "big" town is a couple of hours away (at highway speeds), those towns have Walmart, bigger grocery stores and other smaller stores. As a result, I don't go shopping much, I much prefer using delivery/shipping services being offered by some of the bigger retailers.

I of course have the obligatory Amazon Prime account, I also do some shopping (for delivery) at Walmart, but the newest addition to my delivery companies is Sam's Club Join for $45 and get $45 off your next in-club purchase of $45 or more.. I used to have a membership when I lived near Fort Worth and used it quite often. Where I live now, the nearest Sam's Club is a minimum of 3 hours away (at highway speeds), it just didn't make any sense to maintain my membership, until now.

I actually had a need for a specific kind of product that isn't easily found, a generic "clear" nicotine patch, Sam's Club carries a Member's Mark brand of nicotine patches icon at a very reasonable price, I had been getting a friend to pick them up for me when they went into town, but that became rather inconvenient, I'd much rather be able to get them when I want or need them. I decided the price savings on that item alone made it worth renewing my Sam's Club membership, and when I discovered I could get free shipping for just a little more, I jumped on that!

I am now a full on Sam's Club Plus member. I've been ordering on average, once or twice a month. I don't go too crazy, but the savings I get from ordering there is so incredible, especially with the free shipping. Unfortunately I live too far away to get the fresh foods (fruit, veg, meats...) delivered, but the other things I can get are great. Where I live, the price of food and other retail items tends to be high, I am getting a major savings shopping like this.

For now, I've mainly been ordering PB's kind of powdered creamer Coffee Mate The Original Powdered Coffee Creamer (56 oz.), nicotine patches, liquid Tylenol Children's Tylenol Oral Suspension, Cherry (4 oz, 3 pk.), instant coffee Folgers Classic Roast Instant Coffee Crystals (16 oz.) .... I recently ordered these giant bags of Skinny Pop popcorn SkinnyPop Original Popcorn, Value Size (14 oz.) for PB, I couldn't believe how big the bags are compared to getting them in the dollar stores that I service. I also purchased a huge bag of almond flour Blue Diamond Almond Flour (48 oz.) , something that was really out of my price range (of what I was willing to spend) locally, the price was really REALLY good!

One more thing I have started ordering from Sam's, 5-hour ENERGY Shot, Extra Strength, Watermelon, (1.93 oz, 24 pk.) 5 Hour Energy drinks I tend to drink one of those a day when I work, the vitamins and amino acids in them help me stay alert, I will occasionally drink one at home when I am having a clean up day and need to stay motivated, focused and moving. These tiny bottles of varoom juice costs nearly $4 each, I found them at Sam's Club for just under $2 a bottle. Of course I have to order a 24 pack to get that price break, but since I'm already spending the money on them each week, it is truly a no brainer to go ahead and order in bulk. I have tried other brands and types of energy drinks and either they didn't work well, or were so full of questionable ingredients that I'm just not interested, I find the 5 Hour ones work, they taste terrible (I'm just being honest), I don't drink them for their taste, I drink them because they work. I found the watermelon flavor is the best one for me, it reminds me of watermelon flavored Jolly Rancher candy, I can deal with that... 

When I order, it typically takes 3-4 days to arrive, not bad considering how far away I live from their stores, it's shipped via FedEx, I wish I could choose UPS, I much prefer UPS but honestly I haven't had any real issues with FedEx, none worth mentioning anyhow. I can't complain when the boxes are delivered pretty much straight to my front door.

Do you have a Sam's Club membership? How about an Amazon Prime membership? What do you think of them?  Do you use the free delivery very often?

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