Meal Planning Monday ~ The Verdict on Sam’s Club


 This week’s post is by Leah Kelley.

I have been looking for ways to cut back on my grocery expenditures lately. I already participate in a local produce co-op and have switched a lot of my grocery shopping to Aldi. I even buy a few staples at the Dollar Store. I have some coupon queen friends who love Sam’s Club, so I decided it was time to give it a try.

This past week, I met up with my mom, who already has a Sam’s membership, to do some shopping. I mainly stuck to the grocery section, but did browse their selection of books, movies, and clothing. I will say this – Sam’s Club does have great prices on books! The clothing department was alright – better than I expected but not great enough for me to buy anything.

I went up and down every single grocery aisle and grabbed a few food samples.  Yes, I did make a few purchases: a 4-pack of Kool-Aid Jammers for $6.98, a box of Red Lobster’s cheddar biscuit mix for $5.98, and a huge container of Sabra Garlic hummus for $3.81. Honestly, I wasn’t super impressed. A lot of the boxed stuff I can buy at Aldi for much less.  Cereal and granola bars can be bought generic at Kroger or with coupons during a great sale for cheaper than Sam’s had them.

Several people told me about Sam’s great meat prices, but I know I can do better with Kroger’s manager specials.  I recently scored a great deal on a pork loin roast, and my family loved the balsamic glaze I used on it.  (Recipe below.)  So for now, I won’t be getting a membership.  (Considering a warehouse membership?  Christine brings up some things to think about in her recent guest post for


Balsamic Glazed Pork in Slow Cooker  (Recipe from Mel’s Kitchen Café)



  • 2 pound boneless pork loin roast, trimmed of large fat pockets
  • 1 teaspoon ground sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced or crushed
  • 1/2 cup water


  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, light or dark
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce


In a small bowl, combine the sage, salt, pepper and garlic. Rub the spices all over the roast. Place the pork roast in the slow cooker and pour in the 1/2 cup water. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Near the end of the cooking time for the roast, combine the ingredients for the glaze in a small saucepan and bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce and let the mixture simmer, stirring occasionally, until it thickens. Remove the pork from the slow cooker, shred and place on a platter or plate. Drizzle the glaze over the pork and serve.


  1. Thanks for your perspective. From what I saw, I felt the same way, but it’s great to hear from someone else on the topic. Much appreciated!

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