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#### Piratelvr1121

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« Reply #3705 on: March 27, 2013, 09:35:56 AM »
Actually my boys tend to prefer cold cut sandwiches at the moment though they don't dislike peanut butter, and with it being Lent, I send them to school with PB sandwiches on Fridays.  Or make them if we're out of cold cuts.

They'd drink their weight in chocolate milk though.  And they'd eat their weight in yogurt, string cheese, crackers, etc.
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#### KarenK

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« Reply #3706 on: March 27, 2013, 09:37:02 AM »
Assisting in the thread derail. I think we save enough money on gas alone to pay for our yearly membership at Sam's Club. Being able to shop business hours (7-10 am) is an added bonus (DH is self-employed). The warehouse pricing on things is fabulous. Just off the top of my head - 3 dozen eggs for less than $4. There's lots more. You have to watch the fresh fruit closely, however. It's not unusual for there to be some rotten ones. And for some reason, the bananas don't last as long as the ones from the regular grocery store. #### snowdragon • Member • Posts: 1093 ##### Re: "I'm never shopping THERE again!" Share your story! « Reply #3707 on: March 27, 2013, 10:16:14 AM » Love, Love, Love my BJ's membership ( similar to Sam's but easier to get to for me) I would recommend either membership to anyone, I've had both. Even as a single person, I save enough over the course of year that I more than pay for the membership. #### Browyn • Member • Posts: 776 ##### Re: "I'm never shopping THERE again!" Share your story! « Reply #3708 on: March 27, 2013, 11:08:51 AM » Love, Love, Love my BJ's membership ( similar to Sam's but easier to get to for me) I would recommend either membership to anyone, I've had both. Even as a single person, I save enough over the course of year that I more than pay for the membership. BJ's saved us enough in a month on things like diapers and wipes to be worth it. Now that DS is 8, we don't use it as much and may let it expire. However once he is a teen I could see it coming in handy again. #### siamesecat2965 • Member • Posts: 9316 ##### Re: "I'm never shopping THERE again!" Share your story! « Reply #3709 on: March 27, 2013, 11:16:23 AM » I'm single and I have a membership to Costco. I go pretty frequently. I don't buy a huge amount of food since i don't have space for it, but I will buy tp, paper towels, bottled water, and some cleaning stuff. I have bought a giant piece of salmon and cut it up and frozen it. and in my kick to be healthy, I bought a big bowl of fruit salad for 12.99. I defintiely get my money's worth out of my membership, and the one by me also has gas. I just paid 3.29 on sat. for regular. #### alkira6 • Member • Posts: 655 ##### Re: "I'm never shopping THERE again!" Share your story! « Reply #3710 on: March 27, 2013, 11:19:56 AM » I figured out that between DH and I, just the savings on gas paid for our membership in 3 months (we drive a LOT to get to/from work). The savings on dogfood, TP, paper towel, cheese, and meat are great too. #### LadyClaire • Member • Posts: 8716 ##### Re: "I'm never shopping THERE again!" Share your story! « Reply #3711 on: March 27, 2013, 11:33:03 AM » I have a Sam's membership and it saves us a ton of money. My sister also has one, and she buys baby food, formula, and diapers there and saves a lot doing so. #### ladyknight1 • Member • Posts: 12217 • Not all those who wander are lost ##### Re: "I'm never shopping THERE again!" Share your story! « Reply #3712 on: March 27, 2013, 11:39:50 AM » Cat litter, detergent, oxi-clean, movies, books, electronics, etc are all available and usually for better prices than elsewhere. I bought the case for my iPad at Sam's that was$50 there and $89 everywhere else. About 8 years ago, I bought a returned television for$50, had it repaired under warranty and it works like a charm still.

We alternate meat purchases every week or two. Chicken breasts $2/lb, in a 5 lb pack, pork loin$2/lb in a 6-7 lb package, skirt steak <$5/lb, 90% lean ground beef$2.50/lb, all of which we portion and freeze what we don't use right away. Butter is 4lbs for $8 (lasts us 3-4 months). At my local store, it is$3-4 per lb. We go through three dozen eggs a week, with DS and DH eating eggs every day and I use them in cooking and boiled on salads. Cereal is much better priced than from the grocery store for the same brand. Also, snack items like Nutrigrain bars, granola bars, breakfast pastries, etc. We could not eat as well as we do without our memberships.
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#### nuit93

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« Reply #3713 on: March 27, 2013, 12:16:02 PM »
Maybe the conversations about warehouse stores should move to their own thread?

#### mmswm

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« Reply #3714 on: March 27, 2013, 03:38:49 PM »
Back to the topic...

A particular Denny's in my city is on my "do not go" list.  My son and I stopped on the way home from a doctor's appointment.  Money is tight (I wanted to keep the total plus tip in the ten dollar range), so we ordered one item each off the $2 menu and got water to drink. The waitress huffed at me and said "is that it?" in a really huffy tone and tried to up sell a number of items. I said no and she walked away with a sigh and a huff. Now, I do get that waitresses work really hard, and a small check means a small tip. She has no way of knowing that I have a$1 per person minimum as a personal tipping guideline (so even if we just went in for coffee, I'd still tip $2), and would have probably left at least$3 and possibly more if the service was really good. After she huffed away, I sat there for a minute, then decided that I really didn't want to stay.  I got her attention and told her I'd changed my mind and left, then went to IHOP, where the server was amazing, even though we split a $6 appetizer and drank water. She got a$4 tip for her effort and great attitude.  If she felt any disappointment that our check was a really low dollar amount, I surely didn't know it, and her attention to detail deserved a tip more in line with a typical two person lunch, so that's what I gave her.
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#### Jocelyn

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« Reply #3715 on: March 27, 2013, 09:23:08 PM »
This is a hypothetical situation for me, since the store is in Australia and I'm in the US, but:
http://now.msn.com/just-looking-fee-charged-by-australian-store

The store is going to charge a $5 'just looking' fee which is deducted from your purchase at checkout. They say they're tired of people coming in just to comparison shop and not buying anything. If the picture with the article is the actual store, they are a gluten-free food shop. Do they station someone at the front door and sell tickets or something? I can't imagine this is going to do them any good at all; the ill-will generated will drive away any customers they might have. Showrooming is becoming a big problem. Companies like Best Buy are really hurting because people will go look at merchandise in the store, then go online and find the products cheaper elsewhere. I wouldn't be surprised if many stores started to move to a model like this one. I don't know that it's the best approach, but I don't blame them for trying. Best Buy announced this week their policy to defeat showrooming: they will match online prices. That sounds like a policy that will get them customers. I know that if I went into BB to shop, and I wanted to do more comparison shopping, or even just to think about whether I wanted the product now that I've seen it, and they told me that would be a$5 charge for looking, I'd never go back. A store that thinks everyone is going to purchase is deluded. Suppose I went in intending to purchase, but then once I saw the product, I decided it wouldn't meet my needs after all?

#### rachellenore

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« Reply #3716 on: March 27, 2013, 09:37:25 PM »
A little late for a reply, but:

@snowdragon on Jo-Ann Fabrics,

My aunt's boyfriend used to be a manager there. He was told that he wasn't "mean enough" to the employees under him and that he had to choose between getting fired or demoted. He went for the demotion.

I wasn't there to witness any of it, but, it does seem to follow the trend that you experienced.

#### jayhawk

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« Reply #3717 on: March 27, 2013, 09:55:55 PM »
A little late for a reply, but:

@snowdragon on Jo-Ann Fabrics,

My aunt's boyfriend used to be a manager there. He was told that he wasn't "mean enough" to the employees under him and that he had to choose between getting fired or demoted. He went for the demotion.

I wasn't there to witness any of it, but, it does seem to follow the trend that you experienced.
I don't think it's a good idea to be mean to employees who use sharp scissors and rotary cutters in their jobs.

#### RoseRose

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« Reply #3718 on: March 27, 2013, 11:23:03 PM »
This is a hypothetical situation for me, since the store is in Australia and I'm in the US, but:
http://now.msn.com/just-looking-fee-charged-by-australian-store

The store is going to charge a $5 'just looking' fee which is deducted from your purchase at checkout. They say they're tired of people coming in just to comparison shop and not buying anything. If the picture with the article is the actual store, they are a gluten-free food shop. Do they station someone at the front door and sell tickets or something? I can't imagine this is going to do them any good at all; the ill-will generated will drive away any customers they might have. Showrooming is becoming a big problem. Companies like Best Buy are really hurting because people will go look at merchandise in the store, then go online and find the products cheaper elsewhere. I wouldn't be surprised if many stores started to move to a model like this one. I don't know that it's the best approach, but I don't blame them for trying. Best Buy announced this week their policy to defeat showrooming: they will match online prices. That sounds like a policy that will get them customers. I know that if I went into BB to shop, and I wanted to do more comparison shopping, or even just to think about whether I wanted the product now that I've seen it, and they told me that would be a$5 charge for looking, I'd never go back. A store that thinks everyone is going to purchase is deluded. Suppose I went in intending to purchase, but then once I saw the product, I decided it wouldn't meet my needs after all?

Actually, best buy is nearly on my "never shop" list.  Right now, I'll still get some things there, but I won't get their extended agreements, I know too many people who've been burned by them.  A few more negative stories, and I won't go, because I don't want to go to a company that treats so many of its customers poorly.

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« Reply #3719 on: March 28, 2013, 01:19:28 AM »
This is a hypothetical situation for me, since the store is in Australia and I'm in the US, but:
http://now.msn.com/just-looking-fee-charged-by-australian-store

The store is going to charge a $5 'just looking' fee which is deducted from your purchase at checkout. They say they're tired of people coming in just to comparison shop and not buying anything. If the picture with the article is the actual store, they are a gluten-free food shop. Do they station someone at the front door and sell tickets or something? I can't imagine this is going to do them any good at all; the ill-will generated will drive away any customers they might have. Showrooming is becoming a big problem. Companies like Best Buy are really hurting because people will go look at merchandise in the store, then go online and find the products cheaper elsewhere. I wouldn't be surprised if many stores started to move to a model like this one. I don't know that it's the best approach, but I don't blame them for trying. Best Buy announced this week their policy to defeat showrooming: they will match online prices. That sounds like a policy that will get them customers. I know that if I went into BB to shop, and I wanted to do more comparison shopping, or even just to think about whether I wanted the product now that I've seen it, and they told me that would be a$5 charge for looking, I'd never go back. A store that thinks everyone is going to purchase is deluded. Suppose I went in intending to purchase, but then once I saw the product, I decided it wouldn't meet my needs after all?

Actually, best buy is nearly on my "never shop" list.  Right now, I'll still get some things there, but I won't get their extended agreements, I know too many people who've been burned by them.  A few more negative stories, and I won't go, because I don't want to go to a company that treats so many of its customers poorly.

And that is why I will not a) make major purchases, like acctual computers, from them. Or let Geek Squad near my computers. For other things, like games, DVDs, sure! I might even deal with their mobile audio people, as they were really awesome when we bought a new car stereo for DF's mom (even though there was no installation \$ in it for them), but I am still not letting them touch my computer.
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