While shopping for our BBQ party this weekend, we made a trip to Sam’s Club. We always justified our membership to Sam’s because we made our $40 fee back each year just in our milk purchases alone. I go through a gallon or more of skim milk each week, and milk at our Sam’s Club was always at least 80 cents cheaper than local grocers.
Up until recently, milk was $2.19 per gallon at Sam’s while it was about $3.20-3.50 at local grocers. Safeway had a permanent deal for 2 gallons for $5, but then bumped that up to $5.50, then $6. It’s still holding at $6 for 2 according to the current weekly ad, but I’m sure that will change soon with the escalating milk prices.
On Monday, we got a shock when Sam’s milk went from $2.19 to $2.35 then $3.00 per gallon in just a month. They’re no longer competitive enough to make us drive an extra 10 miles compares to the 2 miles for the Safeway. Basically, if they don’t stay 80 cents cheaper than Safeway, then we won’t be renewing our membership this year. However, since we’re sharing or membership with our neighbor, the margin has dropped to 40 cents to break even (on milk, not the extra gas to drive there).
I also wanted to point you to this resource posted by Frugal for Life about the possibility of freezing milk and other dairy products. I found the article through Consumerist this morning, and then realized I wasn’t a subscriber to F4L! Well, I am now.
What are milk prices in your area? Can you find better deals than 2 for $3?