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25 Items to Stock From Sam’s Club

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25 Items to Stock From Sam's Club

There are plenty of great emergency foods and supplies you can buy online, but if you want to stock up without spending more money than necessary, your best bet is to get a membership to Sam’s Club (or Costco). It costs about $50 a year, but you’ll save so much money buying things in bulk that it’s more than worth it.

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Sam’s Club doesn’t have everything in bulk, though, but they have enough to cover all your basic meals and needs. In this video, Reality Survival lists 25 items you can get at Sam’s Club.

He counts down from 25, so that’s where we’ll start…

  1. Bread flour
  2. All-purpose flour
  3. Sugar
  4. White vinegar
  5. Vegetable oil
  6. Dog food
  7. Contractor bags
  8. Toilet paper
  9. Coffee
  10. Oatmeal
  11. Pancake mix
  12. Pancake syrup
  13. Tea bags
  14. Dried beans (he counted 13 twice)
  15. White rice
  16. Honey
  17. Peanut butter
  18. Jelly
  19. Canned tuna
  20. Peanut butter powder
  21. Canned chicken
  22. Pasta
  23. Pasta sauce
  24. Canned soup
  25. Macaroni and Cheese
  26. Canned goods

Bonus items:

  • Soy sauce
  • Seasonings
  • Baking soda

My husband and I buy a lot more than just these items at Sam’s Club. We also get soda, diapers, dish soap, trash bags, paper plates, plastic utensils, and several other things. Everyone has their own shopping list. The point isn’t to get this exact list; the point is that if you’re not shopping at bulk stores like Costco and Sam’s Club, you’re missing out. (Although I would skip their delis, bakeries, and produce sections.)

Watch the video below to see him walk around Sam’s Club and comment on these items. He spent about $350 for everything on his list, but at a regular grocery store, these things would have cost several hundred more, so the membership is definitely worth it.

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14 Comments

  1. dennis watson on October 18, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    i buy canned goods and soup at aldi’s cheaper than at sams club.

    • MJB on December 25, 2018 at 7:11 am

      Aldi’s might be good for certain items but if I’m not mistaken, they don’t carry name brands and overall have limited offerings, which is why they are cheaper. Save A Lot has the best selection of off brand canned vegetables for the cheapest price I’ve found.

  2. tom wing on October 18, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    I would think that all great preppers would shop around and compare prices before they actually do the shopping. The real shopper is the one who also compares the internet pricing. This is a process of saving money and buying only the items that are needed. We also have a large storage area with items that we canned ourselves. (yummie). Don’t forget that a generator could be a god-send and that mobility is very important such as a vehicle that is serviced and fueled.

    • RoRa on December 3, 2017 at 8:21 am

      I found that’s cheaper to make your own mixes (pancakes, seasonings, soups). Buying a freezer drier might seem expensive but if family members buy it together it’d pay for itself.

    • RoRa on December 3, 2017 at 8:43 am

      Thank you for your good advice.
      A Food dryer and if possible a dry freezer are great investments, especially now that we still have electricity.

  3. Danielle on October 18, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    Good idea don’t have 50 dollars just sitting around here will hopefully be able to stay were i am and then i hopefully can do this

    • Ready Nerd on May 20, 2018 at 5:13 am

      I keep cash and especially Rolls of Quarters. So many things you could get from vending if the power is still on. Also keep you from having to pay $1 for something that’s cheaper.

  4. Linda A Foster on October 25, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    Other important items could be instant potatoes, dry milk powder, evaporated milk, sardines, beef jerky, dried fruit, popcorn, cocoa powder, vanilla, wet wipes, soap, bottled water and candy.

  5. Timothy on October 27, 2017 at 7:52 am

    Don’t forget the most important item…. toilet paper.

    • Gregory L Knox on December 29, 2019 at 1:46 pm

      I traveled most of my adult life staying in hotels and using their toilet paper. I was stunned when I retired to find out wife and 2 small kids were using 2 large rolls (245 sheets per roll) each day. So 60 rolls per month. Anyway, it adds up and I have 400 rolls in storage now. It really uses a lot of space and you have to have it sealed because the mice love it. In a real SHTF world you should consider alternatives. In the Army we used leaves, corn leaves, banana leaves, etc. Know your leaves and don’t use poison ivy, oak, or sumac.

  6. RoRa on December 3, 2017 at 8:39 am

    Another good investment and that it’d pay by itself is a food dryer. Buy in bulk and dry your own fruits and veggies. Then you can mason jar your own JAW meals.
    I make my own “nutella” and save it in a vacuum sealed mason jar.

  7. Nana on April 25, 2018 at 8:59 pm

    I shop at both and buy the large bags of potatoes, apples, pears, etc. to slice and dehydrate. That will leave a few for us to eat. Also here In North Alabama we will be picking those big beautiful strawberries in a couple of weeks out in the field. Nothing better than picking your own.

  8. Cass on June 24, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    We have 3 Major supermarkets in my area and Aldi’s. I used to shop at Sam’s/Bj’s but have found that I can do just as well or better at the supermarket and not take a $350 hit to my checking account. The only thing I saw on your video that I could not beat by using seasonal sale promotions and loss leaders was the Rice. That was a wonderful price for 50 pounds of rice. ($15 if folks missed it) I might have to get a friend who has a BJ’s membership to pick me up 100 pounds.

    Another factor that keeps me from buying such large quantities is the spoilage factor after you open that 3000 ounce bottle of oil. Will I be able to use it up (when rotating stock) before it spoils? A family might, but the 2 of us won’t, so I like to buy that type of thing in smaller containers so I don’t lose them to spoilage when I do open the oldest one. (remember you are using the OLDEST one each time, so the time til it goes bad is shorter than if you opened one fresh from the store with 2 years left to it’s expiration date) (And no, I don’t think the dates on the package are magic, just an indication of how much time you have to use it up….your nose will tell you the truth)

  9. Flo on September 17, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    Reading this list of foods made me think of something I read on another blog. In the process of “prepping” one must stop and think about the possibility of not having the utilities for cooking. If that becomes a reality a fireplace, barbeque, or propane stove would come in very handy. On the other hand, what if propane runs out?? What if a person DOES NOT own a “bug out” spot in the middle of nowhere? Or what if a person lives in or near a metro area where utilities are going to be questionable at best? Then what? May I suggest at least some survival foods in individual packages or in #10 cans. Some can be found at Wally World and “cup a noodle” meals can be found almost everywhere very cheap. My point here IS NOT to find fault with any suggestion or list. Rather, my point if to suggest we think OUTSIDE the box “just in çase”.

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