Sounds like Scotty Mayfield. Might be true, can't say, I do know the lower
the milkfat content, the longer it'll keep in the fridge. Consider, 100%
Whole Milk lasts as has been said 10-14 days, skim milk will have a date on
it at Kroger as much as three weeks out. Pretty cool.
"Molon Labe!" (Come and take them!)
Leonidas of Sparta 480 BC.
I stopped buying milk last year, and before that drank milk all my
life. The price got rather high, and I decided to drink water
instead. I was amazed how many high-calorie foods (pie, cookies,
chocolate, graham crackers, etc) I ate with milk. I lost 40 pounds!
Now I buy powdered milk and use it in my coffee. If a recipe calls
for milk, I just mix up some from the powdered. No more sour or
spoiled milk !
I have a hard time buying that my $4+/gal milk is higher quality than your
cheaper milk. At Stop & Shop I used to get Farmland brand, in 1/2 gallon
paper cartons (there is not an appreciable mark up for buying the 1/2 gal
instead of the gallon -- only a few cents/gal). Farmland would last in my
fridge for only a few days (3-4) before it started to smell, and it
certainly wasn't drinkable after a week. Recently, I've been buying the
Stop & Shop brand, and it lasts a solid week before any noticable smell.
The sell by date stamped on the cartons here is never very far into the
future - at most a week. That said, it doesn't always correlate with
when the milk goes bad.
I know that NY City has different date rules, because all of my cartons
(on Long Island, not in the city) come stamped with two dates - one for
in NY City and one for outside of NY City.
Are you sure your fridge is set at a cold enough temp? Something's wrong
somewhere in the scheme of things if your milk is spoiling in a week.
I just bought 2 gallons of 1% yesterday (7/14) with a sell by date of
7/19. Typically our milk lasts a good 7 days after the sellby before
starting to turn - that gives us about 2 weeks from purchase to use it
It's their gallon jugs or orange juice we have a problem with. We shop twice a
month and if we don't get the OJ finished by 10 days or so it starts to turn,
go bad, or ferment. Develops a definite sharp metalic taste thats not
pleasant. Often we just buy our juice somewhere else but we keep trying since
Hmm. Around here, I'd say the opposite is true and Sam's has the
better stuff and variety. Costco has a lot of their own brand of crap
and not enough national brands. Sam's has a better selection of books
at better prices. Religious books are more extensive at Sam's but
only one section of a broad array of books. I htink Sam's has the
best selection of books overall, though BJs is close (but more $).
CDs at Costco, for a while, were some kind of generic brand
compilations, mostly. Bakery is better at BJs, pretty good at Costco,
not bad at Sam's. Etc. More extensive variety of fruits and veggies
Also belong to BJ's and their stuff is just a tad more "high end".
The furniture stores are selling pressboard furniture these days too,
unless you go to a high end place.
Gas savings are significant around here (sometimes 20 cents a gallon
I belong to all three 'cause I get one free membership and split the
other 2 with friends (I'll split BJ's w/you if you split Costco w/me
type of thing). If I had to chose one, I'd eliminate Costco and make
a tough choice between the other 2, leaning a bit more toward BJs
(which, incidentally, takes credit cards and coupons).
That's in the DC area and YMMV.
My ex and I split a membership, she kept my last name so it is only
1/2 price a year :) We alternate paying for the re-up.
My favorite purchase is tyson chicken patties that I can't find
anywhere else. Saving a few cents on gas is a plus though driving a
38mpg saturn, it isn't that big a savings.
You have to pick your purchases. I've never bought computer media
there since Staples, walmart, officemax have better spot deals.
A gallon of olives will last a long time and even if you have to toss
some, will be much cheaper than buying 12oz at a time. Same for hot
peppers, pickles, bulk spices, and other food stuffs that will keep
for a bit. Meat prices vs Meijers varies as to savings.
It is also a nice place to get a few free snacks from the eldsters
that are giving out samples :)
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i am convinced that at the end of they day you end up with more stuff at a
slightly better price overall, but spend more money because you just cant
resist 100 pounds of tootsie rolls for 20 bucks <g> so do i actually save
any money? i.e. have more money in my pocket because of sams club or cosco?
i think your description is very accurate. you get mesmerized!!
In this hot, humid, Houston climate, I wear t-shirts in the shop and often
change 2 or 3 times a day. Until just recently Sam's had the best damn
t-shirts in the Western Hemisphere for shop use: Pluma "Heavyweight" cotton
t's ... I've got some that are ten years old and still fit for shop use.
Now the same asshole MBA's who have screwed up everything else in this
country have gotten their licks in and the "new" Sam t-shirts are the same
price, but the cotton is so cheap and thin it will barely survive 3
washings. I tell ya, this country is going to the dogs .... starting with
Can't speak for Sam's, but have a membership at BJ's. I know I save at least
two or three times my membership cost. I've save it on a single purchase a
couple of times.
Know prices so you can compare. Example: Supermarket boneless or roast is
$4 a pound. BJ's price is $1.89. You have to buy the whole loin so we cut
it into three ices and freeze.
Fill a propane tank. Local stations $12. BJ's $7.49
Bought a high definition TV and saved $100 over any other source I found.
Worth it for me.
I think it pays, if you use the membership. I recently priced a set of BF
Goodrich light truck tires all over Wichita, KS at prices ranging from $465
to $579 (installed). I got them at Sam's for $406. (If they had made their
1 hour installation guarantee they would have cost $436). This alone paid
this year's membership. We also save in bulk groceries and a lot of bulk
packaged clothing items like t-shirts, socks, etc. Some of Sam's meat and
frozen food items are of good quality. I have also seen some very good
prices on items like laptops, televisions and power tools. You just have to
be willing to buy the single model they sell.
Heck - you can't beat the free meal they provide in the aisles every
Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Yeah - no pride!
Oh Yeah - I forgot. Sam's public price on gasoline is always competitive.
When you subtract the .05/gallon member's discount, it more than pays for
the membership (even if you aren't driving my 8.1 Liter Chevy pickup).
I used to date a woman who was a member at Sams Club. She did save money on
much of what she bought but she ended up with quantities of stuff that were
so much more than she needed that she ended up giving away a lot of the
excess. So most of it turned out to cost her more in the long run.
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