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This $17 Sam’s Club Find Is Why My Mom Will Never Cancel Her Membership

published Dec 5, 2023
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Sam's Club Warehouse. Sam's Club is a chain of membership only stores owned by Walmart II
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As someone who recently moved back to her hometown, I’ve been looking into all the warehouses near me and comparing membership options. I knew my mom shopped at Sam’s Club when we were growing up, so I asked her if she was still a card-carrying member. Her answer? Yes! But I’ll admit that what came after surprised me.

She only goes to Sam’s Club a few times a year, and keeps her membership for one very specific and timely reason: It practically pays for itself in poinsettias alone.

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What’s So Great About the Sam’s Club Poinsettia Planter?

My mom loves to decorate for the holidays, so it’s not unusual for her to buy over a dozen large poinsettia plants to display up the front steps and in the entryway. At Sam’s Club, you can get a 10-inch poinsettia plant for about $17, while most other places I’ve seen charge at least $20. If she gets around 15 poinsettias each year (she really does go all out), that saves her a minimum of $45 over the other competitors, close to the $50 yearly Club membership.

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Poinsettias wrapped in plastic in shopping cart

The quality is also a huge draw. My mom emphasized how BIG the poinsettias are at Sam’s Club, and that they last throughout the holiday season with basic care. (Poinsettias bloom in the winter and are fairly easy to care for — they thrive in a sunny location and just need to be watered when the soil feels dry.)

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There’s also a variety of options for the holidays: You can go for the traditional 10-inch red poinsettia, a smaller six-and-a-half-inch bi-color option (with red and white blooms) if you’re looking for more flair, or a three-pack of even smaller six-inch plants

If you, like my mom, are a big fan of festive plants, Sam’s Club might be worth the membership. You can even toast your holiday decor savings with a poinsettia cocktail or a shockingly good bottle of $20 Champagne

Buy: 10-inch Poinsettia Planter, $16.98 per planter at Sam’s Club

What Sam’s Club deals are you stocking up on this holiday season? Tell us in the comments below.