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MrsJonesey Mar 24, 2012 01:53 PM

Was recently gifted a membership. Sadly no Costco here. I'm always leery of buying a large quantity of a new product. Please tell me of any products you've been happy with and what you don't like. How's the Parmesan and the Feta? Anyone tried their sausages?

The only thing I thought was awful so far is one of their take-and-bake pizzas. I know, I know, shoulda' known better. The toppings weren't bad but the crust was like a frozen pizza.

Here's what I do like: sliced sharp provolone, pre-packaged deli meats (Black Forest ham and a combo pack of ham, turkey and another I can't recall), fresh French green beans; Campari tomatoes, avocados, pineapple, all the berries have been good.

House brand 13-gal trash bags, paper plates. Their ciabatta loaves are very good. I'll add more as I think of them.

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    MrsJonesey Mar 24, 2012 08:25 PM

    So I'm replying to myself. After I started this thread, I thought to search for older threads about Sam's. I saw where someone mentioned tipping the sample servers at these warehouse stores. My reaction is, "Really?" I've never noticed anyone doing this and frankly, I don't intend to start. Sort of takes the free out of the sample. Do people really tip them?

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      treb Mar 25, 2012 06:48 AM

      Maybe this thread will help.

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/432154

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        MrsJonesey Mar 25, 2012 08:48 AM

        That is one that I read through but thanks!

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        calliope_nh Mar 25, 2012 07:49 AM

        I have never heard of tipping the sample/demo people anywhere.

        I like to get the container of shredded parm and keep it in the freezer. I also really like their Mountain and Tropical Trail Mixes. I usually mix them together and sometimes add extra M & Ms if we are going camping.

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          MrsJonesey Mar 25, 2012 08:49 AM

          Thanks!

        2. mrbigshotno.1 Mar 25, 2012 05:58 PM

          I didn't care for their brats or Italian sausage (ground too fine and not near enough seasoning).
          One of the things I like the best about Sam's is they mark down their meat when it gets close to pull date, never had any problem with it. I buy the frozen pizza dough from their snack bar and make my own pizzas, (I live most of the year in a part of the country that doesn't have decent take-out pizza) and I think their hot dogs at the snack bar are far superior to Costco. I like Costco too for many items.

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            MrsJonesey Mar 25, 2012 07:14 PM

            Thanks, that's quite helpful about the sausages and their meat mark-downs. As for the frozen pizza dough from the snack bar, the employee who told me the take-and-bake pizzas were good said they were made in the snack bar. Could be your store's dough is better than mine. From reading through other Sam's threads, the stores vary in quality. Thanks again.

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              riffjamer Mar 31, 2012 02:54 PM

              tried a sample of their take & bake pizza and thought it was 100% better than any frozen pizza.
              the steaks at our Daytona Sam's club are always very good.

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            Atochabsh Feb 15, 2013 08:49 PM

            right now you can find boxed Red Lobster cheddar bay biscuit mix. And it is good!!! This is the real deal. For just over $5 you get three pouches of 10-12 biscuits worth of mix. You get the biscuit mix and the topping mix. They do taste exactly like Red Lobsters. Little too salty, but I did not have unsalted butter for the topping. These are supposedly a seasonal item and will not be available all year long. Get them now before they disappear.

            1. NonnieMuss Feb 18, 2013 07:36 AM

              I love the meat department - you may not always want that much, but their chicken is excellent, the beef is good, and the pork is waaaaay better than the grocery store stuff.

              Don't even get me started on the rotisserie chickens, which are like hot roasted crack for less than $5.

              We also buy granola bars there - a box of 6 is $3 at the grocery - a box of 30 is $8 at Sam's. Great deals on razor blades too, if they carry your brand.

              1. TXMandy Feb 18, 2013 11:03 AM

                These two are some of our favorites for a quick meal:

                1. Frozen High liner Breaded Cod Fillets - they are fresh and flaky and bake up crispy with no oiliness http://www.samsclub.com/sams/high-liner-breaded-cod-fillets-48-oz/154690.ip?navAction=

                2. Frozen Fast Fixin' Country Fried Steak - these are the thin, diner type patties. Bake up crunchy and are wonderful on a sandwich or a quick dinner. http://www.samsclub.com/sams/country-...

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